Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rockies Today, June 18

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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Arizona cities may get less Colorado River water
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is predicting that water levels in Lake Mead could fall to the lowest since the lake was first filled in 1938, which could force the Central Arizona Project to cut deliveries to Phoenix and Tucson, that may be able to make up the difference, in the short term, using groundwater and lakes and streams.
New York Times; June 18

Canada approves Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline project
The federal government's decision to approve Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project, provided the $7-billion pipeline to move oil from Alberta to British Columbia's West Coast meets 209 conditions, was met with considerable opposition.
Calgary Herald; June 18

What's next for the Northern Gateway project in Alberta, B.C.
The Edmonton Journal walks readers through what's next on the agenda for Enbridge, now that the Canadian government has approved the company's $7-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); June 18

Bills to rework funding to fight wildfires stall in Congress
Neither H.R. 3992 and S. 1875, bills introduced into Congress to change funding for fighting wildfires by categorizing wildland fires like other natural disasters, have moved out of committee, and President Obama's decision to budget such costs in line with the policy change, hasn't helped.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 18

Dry conditions in Idaho's Magic Valley concern fire officials
Recent testing in Idaho's Magic Valley found wildfire fuels drier than normal, but early moisture in the spring fueled an explosion of fuel loading, making the valley more prone to large wildfires.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 18

Group hired by Utah to stage sage-grouse rule defense seeks donations
The Utah Legislature awarded a one-year, $2-million contract to Stag Consulting for work to fend off federal protection of sage grouse, but with state funds not available until July 1, and the cost of lobbying, developing legal strategies and engaging the public estimated to be around three times the amount the state is paying, the nonprofit is seeking private donations.
Deseret News; June 18

Federal judge rules Idaho Dairy Association can't join 'ag-gag' lawsuit
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill denied the Idaho Dairy Association's request to join Idaho and Gov. C.L. “Butch’’ Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in defending a lawsuit filed by environmental, animal rights and other groups challenging the state's new "ag-gag" law that makes it a crime to make audio or video recordings of agricultural operations without the express permission of the owner.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 18

Boise builders' infatuation with apartments continues
There is more demand for rental units than units available in Boise, and builders continue to build apartment buildings in Idaho's Capital City, with four such complexes planned the Lusk Street area just east of Boise State University, whose expansion in recent years has boosted the "Bronco effect" in the city's economy.
Idaho Statesman; June 18

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