Montana county's hearings seeks input on Bitterroot NF logging projects
The Montana Environmental Quality Council is seeking input from counties on what national forest lands the state should recommend the U.S. Forest Service target for remediation, with recommendations due by Friday, and on Tuesday, the Ravalli County Commission began taking testimony from residents about what areas they believe should be targeted.
Ravalli Republic; May 7
U.S. report says climate change already happening
The National Climate Assessment released by the U.S. on Tuesday said that climate across the nation has already changed, with Alaska reporting the most extreme changes with shorter, warmer winters and more rain, while the Northeast is experiencing more torrential rainstorms and the already dry Southwest becoming more parched.
New York Times; May 7
Mayor of B.C. community disputes confidentiality pact with railroad
White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin said that he signed the confidentiality agreement with CN Rail to give his British Columbia community access to information about the transport of dangerous goods through White Rock, but he said he has not yet received such information and that he believes the railroads require such confidentiality agreements to protect themselves, putting residents at additional risk, but railway officials said limiting access to such information is necessary.
Vancouver Sun; May 7
USFS approves expansion of Montana Snowbowl
Lolo National Forest Supervisor Tim Garcia approved Alternative B as set forth in the U.S. Forest Service's Final Impact Statement for the expansion of Montana Snowbowl, which will allow the ski area to nearly double its size, add chairlifts, skiable terrain and a new lodge.
Missoulian; May 7
USFWS, Utah strike deal on rare plants in oilshale country
On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft conservation agreement entered into with Utah and Uintah County officials to protect particular areas where the Graham's and White River beardtongue species of penstemon are found in that county and allow oilshale work to continue in others.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 7
Listing decision on Gunnison sage grouse delayed another 6 months
On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a federal court had granted the agency's request for a six-month extension of time to make a decision on whether the Gunnison sage grouse in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah deserved federal protection.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 7
Utah companies test technology to treat briny water for soldiers
Two companies in Utah used funding from the Department of Defense to treat briny water to make it drinkable, and this week on Antelope Island in Utah's Great Salt Lake, they took that technology out for a test drive, which the companies said could be used for other purposes, such as treating wastewater from energy drilling operations.
Deseret News; May 7
Colorado city officially creates power, light utility
At a meeting Tuesday night, the Boulder City Council officially voted to create a utility, although members of the Colorado city's council said the utility will exist on paper only for months, and perhaps, years to come.
Boulder Daily Camera; May 7
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