Montana FWP survey find Bitterroot elk population rebounding
The annual spring survey of elk herds in the Bitterroot Valley found 7,373 elk in the five hunting districts in that valley, the same number as last year, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bitterroot biologist Nathan Borg reported an increase in the number of bulls and calves in those populations, an indication that the herds are improving.
Ravalli Republic; June 12
Canada's PM hints that Northern Gateway pipeline will be a go
The Canadian government is expected to soon make a decision on Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project to move Alberta crude west to a port on British Columbia's West Coast, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's response on Wednesday to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's plea to the House of Commons to "do the right thing" and deny the project, indicated to some that the pipeline may be approved.
Vancouver Sun; June 12
Montana veteran was 'military liaison' to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy
When Ryan Payne, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and who now lives off the grid with his family in Montana, saw the Bureau of Land Management forcibly removing Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle off grazing leases on which Bundy had declined to pay fees for two decades, Payne saw another example of over-reach by the federal government and called to offer his aid, and after serving as the de facto military liaison for Bundy, Payne was invited to Utah to participate in a ride through Recapture Canyon to protest the BLM's closure of the trail to motorized travel.
Missoula Independent; June 12
National forests in Colorado on list for mitigation work
In May, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 94 national forests in 35 states were eligible for funding for large projects to deal with forests killed by insects and drought, and the San Juan and Rio Grande national forests in Southwest Colorado were both on the list, but officials in those forests said they're unsure what that designation means in terms of funding and timelines for projects.
Durango Herald; June 12
Wildfire in Utah burns across 2,000 acres
Bureau of Land Management officials said the Pony Fire, which ignited late Wednesday morning and had burned across 2,000 acres in Utah's Tooele County by Thursday morning, was human-caused.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 12
Sawtooth National Forest gets funds from Idaho for trail work
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, through its Recreation Trails Program, awarded the Minidoka Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest $23,656, which will be used on 15 trails in the ranger district, including the construction of barriers on some of those trails to keep vehicles off of them.
Twin Falls Times-News (AP); June 12
Inspectors find problems at Idaho sprout farm linked to E. Coli outbreak
Following an outbreak of E. coli reported by 17 people in five states linked to sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Moyie Springs, federal inspectors toured the Idaho farm and found numerous problems.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; June 12
Group's arrival in Wyoming town heightens tribal unease
The Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, a nonprofit that seeks to change federal policies that threaten individual rights on or near American Indian reservations, will hold a weekend conference in Riverton to assist local leaders and others in the ongoing dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 12
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