BLM opens cave in Wyoming to international team of paleontologists
The Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming was closed by the Bureau of Land Management in the 1970s, but the grate was removed and the 85-foot-deep cave that contains a pile of animal bones dating back thousands of years at the bottom is now hosting an international team of paleontologists.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 25
U.S., Idaho release plan to spawn recovery of Snake River sockeye salmon
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries partnered up with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Office of Species Conservation and Idaho Northwest Power and Conservation Council to draft a recovery plan for the Snake River sockeye, and will take public comment through Sept. 19 on the draft plan, which was released recently.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 25
Utah officials tell U.S. House panel of BLM's heavy-handed tactics
At its second hearing on alleged abuses of the Bureau of Land Management, members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee heard from officials of Utah's Garfield County, who complained about the BLM's unwillingness to cooperate or communicate with the Utah county's officials, although Arizona U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva pointed out that not inviting BLM officials to participate in the hearing did little to bridge the communication gap.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 25
Federal land managers criticized by Colorado congressman at House hearing
After attending a Public Lands and Environmental Regulation hearing in the U.S. House on Thursday, where sheriffs and other county officials from Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and other Western states were invited to testify on "threats, intimidation and bullying" by federal land authorities, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton issued a written statement saying it was time to end such abuses in Colorado.
Durango Herald; July 25
Encana's quarterly report says Canadian natural gas company flush with cash
An income tax adjustment from 2013 pushed Alberta-based Encana Corp.'s net earnings in the second quarter to $271 million, compared to $730 million reported in the same quarter last year, but the CEO of the largest natural gas company in Canada told investors that the company's plan to diversify is working well, and that the sale of assets in Wyoming, Texas and in Canada had created a positive cash flow of $767 million for the quarter.
Calgary Herald; July 25
Dissatisfaction grows with B.C.'s online campground reservation system
The Vancouver Sun used a Freedom of Information request to obtain results of surveys of visitors to British Columbia's 129 B.C. Parks campgrounds that found growing dissatisfaction with the online Discover Camping reservation site and the increasingly higher fees charged at the parks.
Vancouver Sun; July 25
Fire, water at Glacier Park entrance in Montana closes visitor center
Services are limited at the St. Mary entrance of Glacier National Park in Montana after the visitor center was damaged from a small fire and the water from a sprinkler system that put out the fire.
Missoulian; July 25
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