Montana slow to adopt state park system, deals with budget constraints
The state's scant population and vast landscapes hindered Montana's adoption of a state park system, and those two factors are still a component of managing the 54 state parks.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 7
B.C. imposes deadlines on company to deal with Mount Polley Mine disaster
British Columbia gave Imperial Metals until Wednesday to file a preliminary environmental assessment on the breach of its holdings pond at its Mount Polley Mine, and until Aug. 15 to file a more comprehensive report, and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said the failure of the dam at the mine had prompted the province to take a harder look at 20 similar tailing pond dams.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 7
For Colorado beef producers, Russia's import ban came early
The news that Russia was retaliating to sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union due to the country's role in the conflict in Ukraine by banning agriculatural imports didn't bother Colorado beef producers much, as Russia had already stopped imports of U.S. beef in 2013 due to the industry's use of ractopamine, a compound used to make cattle and pigs leaner.
Denver Post; Aug. 7
Utah governor asks U.S. senators to visit national monument lands
Gov. Gary Herbert issued a personal invitation to the 14 U.S. senators who signed a letter to President Obama, urging him to use the Antiquities Act to designate 1.8 million acres around Canyonlands National Park a national monument, to visit the state and the Utah governor also threw in a request that the Democratic senators consider throwing their support behind Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's Public Lands Initiative, which would bring together all stakeholders in management decisions on public lands.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 7
Outdoor Industry Ass'n urges Congress to fully fund conservation fund
On Wednesday, the pening day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Outdoor Industry Association President Frank Hugelmeyer said the Colorado-based group was urging Congress to allocate the full $900 million in funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been fully funded just once in its 50-year history.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 7
Colorado legislators tackle water issues
At a meeting Wednesday between state legislators who sit on the Water Resources Review Committee and water resource leaders from Durango and Southwest Colorado, conservation efforts and storage were topics of discussion, with Durango water engineer Steve Harris urging legislators to consider measures that improve the ratio of inside vs. outside water use from the current 50-50 ratio to 70-30, and Sen. Greg Brophy saying that the state needs to increase storage capacity, given that the population of the state has more than doubled since 1970, while storage capacity has increased just 15 percent during that time.
Durango Herald; Aug. 7
Entrepreneurs grasp opportunity in nascent marijuana businesses
The legalization of medical marijuana in 22 states in the U.S., as well as recreational use legalized in Colorado and Washington state, has provided a range of opportunities for entrepreneurs developing products needed for the industry, including Funksac, which makes bags for the product—as well as a childproof lock for those bags.
New York Times; Aug. 7
Wyoming city's bond issue for gas-fired turbine sells out in 90 minutes
Gillette city officials said it took just 90 minutes for the $27-million bond issue, which the Wyoming city will use to buy a $22.5-million turbine for electricity production, and put aside $4.5 million for working capital and as a reserve to help meet bond payments if need be.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Aug. 7
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