Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rockies Today, May 1

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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Despite rough first quarter, coal companies in Wyoming optimistic
The four major coal miners in Wyoming's Powder River Basin all posted losses for the first quarter of this year, with a rough winter and rail delays disrupting shipments, prices were lower and the companies shipped less coal the first quarter of 2014 than in the same quarter last year, but executives of Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy all said they saw better days ahead. The Casper Star Tribune's Morning Energy Roundup.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 1

Colorado communities ramp up firefighter training to handle oil fires
As oil drilling operations move into or closer to Front Range communities in Colorado, officials are adding training to handle oil-related emergencies for firefighters and emergency responders. The article contains a list of six oil-related fires and explosions that have occurred in Front Range communities over the past two months.
Denver Post; May 1

Utah ranchers sue BLM to get wild horses off the range
On Wednesday, 13 ranchers in central and southwestern Utah sued the Bureau of Land Management in federal court, seeking a court order requiring the agency reduce the number of wild horses sharing the range with the ranchers' livestock.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 1

BLM fast-tracks proposals to round up wild horses in Utah
Considerable pressure from county officials and ranchers in Utah has accelerated a response from the Bureau of Land Management to remove wild horses from drought-ravaged ranges in the southwestern area of the state, with the agency planning to remove 607 horses this summer from the Bible Springs Complex northwest of Cedar City and 400 horses from the Sulphur herd management area that stretches from northern Iron County, north along Beaver County’s western border and into Millard County.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 1

Grand Teton NP launches $16M rework of Jenny Lake facilities, trail network
Last week, Grand Teton National Park officials received the official go-ahead to start the $16-million upgrade of the facilities and the trail network of the most popular area of the park in Wyoming, Jenny Lake, with much of the funding for the project coming from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
Jackson Hole Daily; May 1

Law-enforcement agencies in Wyoming to track marijuana-related arrests
On Wednesday, the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, which represents more than 100 law-enforcement agencies in the Cowboy State, announced that it will track all marijuana-related arrests now that Colorado has legalized adults' use of pot.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 1

Idaho community works on life post-Coldwater Creek
As women's retailer Coldwater Creek begins to wind down its operations in Sandpoint, the Idaho community's economic development agency, the University of Idaho and other organizations are reaching out to employees of the company to help them find jobs or start businesses that will allow them to stay in the community.
Coeur d'Alene Press; May 1

Northern Utah cities again make list for worst air pollution
The American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report acknowledge Salt Lake City's work to reduce particulate pollution in 2012, but the Utah city could see a much different ranking for 2013, given last winter's record level pollution.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 1

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