Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rockies Today, July 17

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

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Montanans divided on transfers federal lands to state control
The transfer of federal lands to state control has gained momentum in the western United States, and in Montana, the Environmental Quality Council spent eight months studying the issue, although the recommendation of the panel made such a transfer an option of "last resort," and neither Gov. Steve Bullock nor state land managers support such a transfer.
Flathead Beacon; July 17

Colorado governor gives up on compromise oil, gas legislation
On Wednesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper admitted his work for a legislative compromise on local control of oil and gas operations had failed, allowing the two initiatives on the statewide ballot to remain on the November ballot.
Boulder Daily Camera (Denver Post); July 17

Utah wildlife official says state will continue fight against quagga mussels
At a meeting Wednesday of the Legislature's Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee, Greg Sheehan, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said that, while the National Park Service has accepted the fact that quagga mussels are in Lake Powell, the state is determined to keep the aquatic invaders out of other waters in the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 17

Idaho congressman says sheep research station will remain open
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson released a statement Wednesday that the chairman of a House agriculture appropriations subcommittee had successfully denied a move by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to shut down the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho near the Montana border.
Idaho State Journal (AP); July 17

Utah governor, others supports House bill to let states manage wild horses
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart's "Wild Horse Oversight Bill," proposed to give states control of wild horses roaming public lands within their borders, a bill that has the support of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, state wildlife officials, as well as ranchers in Iron and Beaver counties whose livestock share the range with the wild horses, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, where more than half the nation's wild horses are found.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 17

Idaho survey finds fewer rare Bruneau Dunes tiger beetle
The Bruneau Dunes tiger beetle, found only in northern Owyhee County in Idaho, has been listed as critically imperiled by the state, and a recent survey found fewer of the beetles in Bruneau Dunes State Park, with wildlife officials citing encroaching weeds as a primary threat to the small beetle.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 17

Duke U. researchers have another take on Chobani yogurt's food recall
In a new study published in the journal mBio, Duke University geneticist Joseph Heitman and his research team said that the food pathogen that caused hundreds of people to get sick after eating Greek yogurt from Chobani's plant in Idaho was the much more dangerous human pathogenic form, a finding that the Cornell University researcher who researched the fungus for Chobani called "irresponsible."
Twin Falls Times-News; July 17

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