Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rockies Today, May 28

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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Report urges Alberta to cut coal-fired power to boost oilsands production
Oilsands operations in Alberta have been targeted for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they produce, but a recent report from the Pembina Institute said that if the province shut down its 19 coal-fired power plants, and remove those greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, oilsands operations could expand.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); May 28

USDA rolls out $1.2B regional conservation program
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program announced Tuesday by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is designed to fund projects to improve soil health and water quality in eight regions of the United States, including the Colorado River Basin.
Deseret News; May 28

Kinder Morgan's new path for pipeline goes through B.C. mountain
New documents filed by Kinder Morgan Canada with the National Energy Board on its $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project shift the route of the pipeline through Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia from its previous route around the mountain.
Vancouver Sun; May 28

Lake created by landslide in Colorado new risk
Scientists studying the 706-acre landslide in Colorado said the slide created a dam behind which a rapidly filling pool of water is gathering, and now the concern is that the dam will give way, sending a torrent of water down into Collbran, creating a new disaster.
Boulder Daily Camera (Denver Post); May 28

Yellowstone Park rangers rescue, cite treasure hunters twice
On April 27 and again on May 9, rangers from Yellowstone National Park had to rescue treasure hunters from Washington state who were ill-equipped for their treks into the park's back country seeking the $1-million "Forrest Fenn Treasure," which a poem in the Santa Fe, N.M. art dealer's 2010 memoir allegedly contains nine clues to the hidden treasure.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; May 28

Wyoming county gets an earful on Snake River management plan
Confluence Research and Consulting is taking public comments on the proposed Snake River Management Plan required for Teton County's proposed land exchange with the Bureau of Land Management, and the comments received on the Wyoming county's plan run the gamut from banning all commercial use on the stretch of river between Moose and South Park to banning commercial fishing trips or banning commercial float trips.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; May 28

Landscape is changing for family farms in Idaho
The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture census figures indicate that family-owed farms are still the majority of agricultural operations in Idaho, representing 83.5 percent of all farms, but corporate farms are gaining ground, with 7.2 percent of Idaho farms corporate owned in 2012, up from 4.9 percent in 2002.
Idaho Statesman; May 28

Star Trek alum's tweet bumps crowdfunding for Idaho solar project
George Takei, the actor who portrayed Sulu on "Star Trek," tweeted interest in an Idaho couple's proposal to turn roads, sidewalks and parking lots into solar-power producers, and the next day, Scott and Julie Brusaw saw their Indiegogo online crowdfunding account soar past $1 million.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 28

Hunt is on for "JMN" who left initials, date on rock art panel in Utah
Landowners near the popular rock art panel northeast of Price that dates back to the Fremont period between 900 and 1250 have provided a description of a vehicle and the people in it seen near the Nine Mile Canyon area in Utah that may have been responsible for carving the initials "JMN" and 5/25/14 into the panel.
Deseret News; May 28

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