Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rockies Today, Nov. 14

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Elk-collaring project on Montana reservation helps state refine survey efforts
Stacy Courville, a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, satisfied his curiosity about where the hundreds of elk that winter in the Hog Heaven area of the Flathead Reservation in Montana between Elmo and Niarada, by putting GPS collars on three cow elk in 2012, and one traveled to near McGregor Lake, another moved into the Lost Trail area and the third moved more than 60 miles to the Fortine Creek area northwest of Whitefish Lake.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Nov. 14

Golden eagle numbers along Montana migration route continue to decline
The slow, but steady decline in the number of golden eagles counted in the annual survey done earlier this month at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Montana along the big birds' annual migration from Canada and Alaska to the southwestern United States and the Central Rockies continued, with 1,131 counted this year, down from 1,272 in 2012.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 14

Idaho Fish, Game Commission hears complaints about wolves
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission began its quarterly meeting in Jerome Wednesday, and at a public forum that evening, about half of the dozen residents that spoke up said they blamed wolves for the lack of elk; the meeting continues today with both the Westslope cutthroat trout management plan and an update of the 1999 elk management plan on the agenda.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 14

Utah city among those that are bringing streetcars back
More than 30 cities in the United States have, or are planning to, return electric streetcars, including Salt Lake City in Utah, where a two-mile line will open next month.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 14

Report recommends 'mountain-resort' zone for Utah county
A 14-member Blue Ribbon Task Force appointed to provide guidance to the Salt Lake County Council on future development in the county's mountain and canyon areas released its report this week that recommended the council create a mountain-resort zone, but left the hard part of drawing the boundaries of such a zone to the Council.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 14

Groups sue Encana, B.C. commission over fracking water use
Ecojustice filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the British Columbia Supreme Court on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Committee against Encana and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, charging that the province's granting of short-term water-use permits to the company for Kiskatinaw River to use in hydraulic fracturing operations violates the provincial Water Act.
Vancouver Sun (Canadian Press); Nov. 14

Lockheed Martin's plant closures will move jobs to Denver
Continued declines in federal spending were cited by Lockheed Martin officials in the company's decision to close operations in Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and reduce personnel in California, cutting 4,000 jobs in the U.S., with some divisions moving to the company's operations in Denver.
Denver Post; Nov. 14

Colorado U.S. Sen. Udall's bill would let people keep insurance policies
After learning that an estimated 250,000 Coloradans would lose their existing health care insurance policies, primarily due to changes under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall introduced legislation Wednesday that would allow those so affected to keep their coverage another two years.
Denver Post; Nov. 14

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