Study supports removal of lake trout from tributaries of Yellowstone Lake
The study, "Contrasting Past and Current Number of Bears Visiting Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Streams," published last month in the Journal of Wildlife Management predicted that if native cutthroat trout return to spawn in the tributaries that feed Yellowstone Lake, then the black and grizzly bears that fed on the trout would again add fish to their diets, a finding that adds support to the multi-million-dollar effort to remove invasive lake trout from that lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; March 12
Winter count finds more moose in Western Wyoming
The number of moose in Western Wyoming near Jackson Hole has decreased 85 percent since the 1980s, but this year's annual winter count found 275 moose, nearly 40 more than last year, and moose counts in other areas of the state improved as well.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; March 12
Number of people signing up for health care coverage fell again in February
The 943,000 people who enrolled in health care plans in February fell short of the 1.3-million goal the Obama administration had set for the month, and last month was the third consecutive month that enrollment figures declined. Contains a graphic showing total number of enrolled people on a state-by-state basis.
New York Times; March 12
Tribes in Montana file federal suit to halt personal water-claims lawsuits
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Missoula to halt individual lawsuits filed in Montana state district court and the Montana Water Court over water rights on the Flathead Indian Reservation, with the tribes alleging that decisions rendered by the lower courts violate the McCarran Amendment, which requires federal and Indian reserved and aboriginal water rights be decided as one.
Missoulian; March 12
B.C. introduces Water Sustainability Act
The Water Sustainability Act introduced Tuesday by British Columbia's Environment Minister Mary Polak lays the groundwork for regulation of groundwater, restrictions during times of drought and the measuring of use by large users, but the act does not impose fees on industrial users of groundwater, such as hydraulic fracturing companies or the bottled water industry, an omission that brought quick criticism of the act.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 12
Utah, Colorado senators' bill reimburses states for opening federal parks
U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, along with Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake are among the co-sponsors of the National Park Access Act introduced Tuesday that would reimburse Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Tennessee for their costs in opening national parks within their boundaries during the federal government shutdown last October.
Deseret News; March 12
TransWest vows to fight Utah bill on transmission line project
The company that is building the TransWest Express Transmission Project from Rawlins, Wyo., through Utah to Las Vegas has hired lobbyists to fight a measure before the Utah Legislature that would require TransWest to buy electricity generated in the Beehive State.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 12
Energy companies' role in drafting curricula in Alberta schools questioned
Information on the Alberta Education website lists Syncrude Canada, Cenovus Energy and Suncor Energy among those that helped draft future curricula for Alberta's schools, with Syncrude and Suncor among the members of a working group helping the Edmonton school board redesign classes for kindergarten through third grade.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); March 12
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