Friday, May 9, 2014

Rockies Today, May 9

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BNSF says new federal rule won't change Bakken oil shipments
The new federal regulations on shipments of Bakken crude won't affect operations for BNSF, the primary mover of that oil by rail, as officials of the railroad said the company will comply with the rules and continue moving shipments their customers want moved, while Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, expressed surprise that the federal government singled out Bakken oil in the regulation.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 9

Hunting guides, tourism outfitters both oppose Wyoming wolf quotas
At a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wolf meeting in Jackson, department officials explained their reasoning for raising the limit for the number of wolves allowed to be taken during the hunting season from 26 to 46, a figure big-game hunting guides said wasn't enough and wildlife viewing guides said was too much.
Jackson Hole Daily; May 9

Planned ATV protest in Utah derails plans for disabled veterans event
Concerns that Saturday's planned all-terrain vehicle ride led by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman into Utah's Recapture Canyon to protest the area's closure to motorized travel would be a "distraction," the Bureau of Land Management canceled a planned event for disabled veterans, some of whom are of the Navajo Nation, and tribal groups are saying the BLM's acquiescence to the protest, and the leading of the protest by an elected official, disrespects Native American cultural ties to the area.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 9

Colorado releases sales tax info on marijuana industry for March
In March, Colorado collected a total of $2.8 million in retail marijuana sales tax, with $1.2 million of that collected in Denver, and Boulder County's $158,837 earned that county a second-place ranking for such revenue.
Denver Post; May 9

Report tracks success of Utah cities to encourage bicycle commuting
A report issued Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau tracked the increase of commuters who bike or walk to work, and Utah cities did quite well in both categories, with Provo ranked ninth highest in the nation and Salt Lake City 11th for bicycle commuters in cities with populations between 100,000 and 200,000; while Provo ranked third in the nation for cities of its size for the number of people who walked to work.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 9

Idaho counties' commissions meet on Boulder White Clouds proposal
The county commissioners for Blaine and Custer counties in Idaho met to discuss their support of and opposition to, respectively, a proposal to designate the Boulder White Clouds a national monument, and the commissioners decided to have another joint meeting on May 29 and invite federal officials to come to Idaho to explain the proposal.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); May 9

National forest in Wyoming mulls permanent ban on pack goats
Shoshone National Forest officials temporarily banned the use of pack goats in nearly all the Wyoming forest in 2011 while they assessed the risk the goats presented to bighorn sheep populations, with that ban extended through 2015, and the forest's updated management plan may make the ban permanent.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 9

Calgary, Alberta report job losses in April
The jobs report released by Statistics Canada for April said that there were 28,900 fewer jobs last month than in March across the country, with Calgary reporting a loss of 2,500 jobs and Alberta reporting 2,800 fewer jobs.
Calgary Herald; May 9

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