Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rockies Today, August 20

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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USFWS says conservation work will keep Montana fish off ESA list
The only Arctic grayling population in North America outside of Alaska and Canada is in the Missouri River system upstream of Great Falls in Montana, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said conservation efforts, particularly along the Big Hole River have helped bolster the grayling population to the point that the species does not need protection, a decision with which the Center for Biological Diversity disagrees.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 20

More info sought on 'dangerous occurrences' at B.C. mines' tailings ponds
Between 2000 and 2012, there were 46 "dangerous occurrences" involving tailings ponds at British Columbia mines, and when pressed for details about those occurrences, the province's mine safety agency simply released a definition of what that phrase may cover.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 20

Western Governors' Ass'n weighs in on funding wildfire fights
Millions of acres of land in Washington, Oregon and California have been burned by wildfires this season, and concerns about paying the costs of fighting those wildfires will again eat through federal funding, and last week, the Western Governors' Association urged leaders in the U.S. Senate and the Obama administration to increase funding for wildfire fights and preserve funding for other work.
Denver Post; Aug. 20

Utah employers step up, add more jobs than governor requested
In January of 2012, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert challenged companies to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days, and on Tuesday, the governor celebrated the 112,200 new private sector jobs created in that time span.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 20

New trails proposed in Bridger-Teton NF in Wyoming
On Tuesday, Bridger-Teton National Forest officials proposed five trail projects in the western Wyoming forest near Jackson to give hikers, bikers and horseback riders more options in the Snow King area and reduce conflicts between various user groups.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Aug. 20

Utah communities purge gun laws at request of national group
The Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation has embarked on a state-by-state campaign to ask counties, cities and other local governments to repeal any gun-related laws that encroach on states' authority, and has asked 49 cities and counties in Utah to repeal such laws, with Draper, West Point and Sandy agreeing to either repeal or rewrite their laws.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 20

Small oil spill from ruptured pipeline reported in Utah
A tumbling boulder ruptured a pipeline near Montezuma Creek in southeast Utah releasing an estimated three to four barrels of oil that were washed by heavy rains to near the San Juan River, but booms were in place to capture the oil before it reached the river.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 20

BLM takes public comment on collector pipeline project in Utah
The Bureau of Land Management will take public comment until Aug. 27 on a proposal to add 25 miles of pipeline, all but 3 miles of which will be buried, to collect natural gas that is currently flared off and move it to Fidelity Exploration and Production Co.'s Dead Horse Lateral Pipeline in Utah's Grand County on lands adjacent to red rock recreational lands near Moab.
Deseret News; Aug. 20

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