Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rockies Today, Jan. 29

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House panel advances bill to expand canoeing in western national parks
Legislation offered by Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis to open more waters in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to paddling was advanced by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 29

Montana U.S. Rep. Daines' North Fork bill advanced by House panel
On Tuesday, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved Montana Rep. Steve Daines' North Fork Watershed Protection Act, which would prohibit future mining and oil and gas development on 400,000 acres of land in northwestern Montana, moving the bill to the full House for action.
Flathead Beacon; Jan. 29

Utah legislators work on package of bills to manage federal lands
The passage of a bill in 2012 that requires the federal government hand over most of its lands in Utah to the state by the end of this year has Republican legislators in the state House working on a package of bills detailing how those lands would be managed if and when they come under state control.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 29

Idaho elk-management plan has provisions to protect croplands
In addition to hunting, the 10-year elk-management plan recently put in place in Idaho has other measures designed to help farmers and ranchers ward off hungry elk, including hiring seasonal employees to help haze elk away from private lands and to help fence those lands and allow early season "greenfield" hunts on private lands.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); Jan. 29

Canadian, U.S. oil industry ask safety regulators to focus on railroads
In response to a wide range of regulatory changes released last week by U.S. and Canadian transportation boards directed at making shipping oil by rail safer, oil industry groups from both countries urged more review of those rules to avoid negatively affecting the economics of moving oil by rail.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 29

FDA analysis links antibiotics in animal feed to infections in humans
Documents obtained from the Food and Drug Administration by the Natural Resources Defense Council indicate that, between 2001 and 2010, the FDA analyzed 30 antibiotics used in animal feed and found 18 of those posed a high risk of exposing humans to bacteria resistant to antibiotics through foods.
New York Times; Jan. 29

Monsanto plans test site in Montana
As part of Monsanto's national research on wheat breeding and development which will be centered at its new Wheat Technology Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, the agribusiness giant will put a regional test site in Montana near Great Falls.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 29

Study finds climate change will increase root rot problem for Douglas fir
Laminated root rot is present in Douglas fir forests in the Northwest United States from Montana west to the coast, and a new study found that higher temperatures and more frequent droughts will allow the native pest to spread through those forests.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 29

Utah legislators demand answers from USTAR officials
After an audit in October found myriad problems with the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative created in 2006 to leverage university research into jobs, businesses and tax revenue, Utah legislators put USTAR officials in the hot seat on Tuesday, demanding to know why the group continued to tout construction jobs that no longer existed and contracts that had yet to be paid out, and lawmakers warned that the lack of significant progress would play into future funding decisions.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 29

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