Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 20

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FDA cites conditions at Colorado melon farm as cause of listeria outbreak
The Food and Drug Administration released the report on the agency's investigation of Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe producer where the deadly listeria outbreak that has claimed 23 lives and sickened hundreds this summer and fall, that cited dirty equipment, standing water and lack of a cooling system at the farms for creating conditions that allowed existent levels of listeria to grow into deadly concentrations.
Denver Post; Oct. 20

Open house tonight in Whitehall on Montana-Idaho transmission project
A new report on the impacts of the Mountain States Transmission Intertie was released by Headwaters Economics, and an open house on the new review of the Montana-Idaho transmission project will be held tonight in Whitehall.
Montana Standard; Oct. 20

Judge halts federal uranium-mining push in Colorado
In a 53-page decision issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to halt approvals of exploration, mining and other activities on 31 sites on 25,000 acres in Colorado near Grand Junction leased to uranium companies.
Denver Post; Oct. 20

USDA releases environmental assessment on Roundup Ready beets
On Oct. 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 700-page draft assessment of the environmental impact Roundup Ready sugar beets, and will take public comment on the use of the genetically modified crop through Dec. 13.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 20

Chevrolet funds replanting work in burned Colorado forest for carbon credits
Automotive giant Chevrolet is paying to replant 250 acres of 1,800 acres burned in Colorado by the Bear Creek Fire in 2003 as part of the company's effort to reach its goal of removing 8 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Durango Herald; Oct. 20

Silver Falcon Mining Inc. inks deal to sell silver, gold from Idaho mine
Florida-based Silver Falcon Mining Inc. announced it had signed a deal to sell bars that are an amalgam of the silver and gold pulled from its Owyhee County mine in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 20

Whole Foods Market will break ground on first store in Idaho Friday
On Friday, Whole Foods Market will begin building its first store in Idaho, with a grand opening of the Boise store planned late next year.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 20

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