Nonprofit's focus is decadelong forecast of weather
At a meeting with farmers and water managers last week in Great Falls, Vikram Mehta, president and executive director of The Center for Research on the Changing Earth System of Maryland, a nonprofit that is studying decadelong cycles of weather in the 10-state Missouri River basin, said that his research on being able to predict 10- to 20-year wet and dry weather cycles is promising and could help improve agricultural and water decisions.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 26
USFS proposes rule change for uphill skiers
As more skiers strap on skins and climb their way to the top of runs at ski areas, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule change that would allow ski areas that lease lands from the federal agencies to charge a fee for the uphill skiers.
Aspen Times; Nov. 26
Northwest grocery store chain may be linked to credit-card theft problem
A spike in credit and debit card fraud cases in the Northwest is being linked to a problem with the payment processing system at URM - a wholesale grocery chain that services more than 160 stores in the Northwest, including Super 1 Foods, Trading Co., and Rosauers.
Coeur d'Alene Press (AP); Nov. 26
Northern suburbs of Colorado's capital city welcome commuter rail line
The eight passenger stations along the Regional Transportation District's planned $708-million electric commuter rail line that will run from Denver Union Station north through Adams County will bring some much-needed rejuvenation into the areas where those stations are planned.
Denver Post; Nov. 26
USFWS to review arctic grayling in Montana for possible protection
The arctic grayling, a fish species that need cold, clear water to survive, has been reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service twice since the 1990s for protection, with both previous reviews resulting in "warranted but precluded" from protection findings, and the federal agency has launched a new review of the Upper Missouri grayling in Montana for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Missoulian; Nov. 26
USFS takes public comment on removal of unused pipeline in W. Montana
Lolo National Forest officials want the three sections of unused Yellowstone Pipeline that lie underground the national forest in Western Montana removed, and is taking public comment on the project through Dec. 31.
Missoulian; Nov. 26
Study finds methane emissions in U.S. higher than original estimates
A panel of 15 climate scientists analyzed 12,700 measurements of atmospheric methane in 2007 and 2008 in the United States and found that methane emissions were 1.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's estimate, and that emissions from oil and gas drilling operations could be five times higher than originally estimated.
New York Times; Nov. 26
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