Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 19

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U.S. Senate sends bill to expand activities at ski resorts to president
A bill passed unanimously by the U.S. House last month that will allow ski resorts on federal lands to expand activities offered during the off-season passed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said that since the Obama administration had supported the legislation, it would likely be signed into law soon.
Denver Post; Oct. 19

New shareholder in Montana coal mine has international plans
The two Ohio-based companies that own and operate the Signal Peak Mine signed a $400-million deal with Pinesdale LLC, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd., which will give the Montana coal mine access to British Columbia shipping ports to tap markets in Asia, and the new shareholder plans to triple production at the Montana mine.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 19

Federal appeals court rules wolf hunts in Idaho, Montana may proceed
On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for an injunction filed by environmental groups to halt wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.
Missoulian; Oct. 19

At Utah conference, experts urge more incentives for biomass energy
At Utah State University’s "Restoring the West" conference on Tuesday in Logan, experts said that the use of biomass could help unlock the energy potential of forests in the West, and that incentives are needed to level the playing field for biomass and other renewable energy resources.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 19

Group announces 5-year plan to save whitebark pine in 3 Western states
American Forests CEO Scott Steen was in Jackson Hole on Monday to roll out a five-year conservation plan to save the whitebark pine in Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 19

Family sues NPS to stay on ranch in Grand Teton National Park
The Turner family has owned and operated the Triangle X guest ranch within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming for five generations, but for the first time this year, the National Park Service has put the operation of the ranch up for competitive bid, prompting the family to sue for possession under the Grand Teton National Park Act.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 19

Alberta pays the bill for U.S. congressmen's tour of oilsands operations
At a cost of about $11,000, Alberta officials took Republican U.S. Reps. John Shimkus of Illinois, Bob Latta of Ohio, and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, all of whom support the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oilsands from the Canadian province south to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, on a tour of oilsands operations on Tuesday.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 19

Wyoming high school joins international ozone monitoring project
Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete is the second school in the Cowboy State to participate in Go3's international project to monitor ozone levels.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 19

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