Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 25

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Drilling becomes contentious in Colorado as wells pop up in suburbia
As the United States pumps up domestic energy production, wells are being drilled in areas like urban Fort Worth, where more than 2,000 new wells have been drilled in recent years, and in eastern Colorado, where wells are being plunged into the ground in parks, lakes and in Colorado Springs, on a ranch recently slated for development but now owned by Canadian oil company.
New York Times; Oct. 25

Bison from Montana ranch will provide burger to Wrigley Field
Joe Ricketts, the founder of Nebraska-based TD Ameritrade, and whose family is the majority owner of the Chicago Cubs, plans to run 850 head of bison on his 10,000-acre Double T Bison Ranch on private land in the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, and will provide burger for Ricketts' High Plains Bison, the official bison vendor at Wrigley Field.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 25

Confirmed 'roadless' decision affects 6.4 million acres in Montana
The decision rendered last Friday a by a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed the 2001 order by then-President Clinton that banned energy development and other activities on 53.5 million acres of federal roadless forest lands was in line with the decision handed down in 2009 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will apply to 6.4 million acres of those lands in Montana.
Missoulian; Oct. 25

Idaho businesses are 'reshoring' jobs back to the United States
Buck Knives, which sent about half of its production to China five years ago, is bringing all of its hunting-knife production back and a majority of its other production to its Post Falls plant in northern Idaho, and Ende Machinery and Foundry is bringing casting work shipped to China back to Idaho, where that work will be done at a facility in Craigmont, creating 20 jobs in the 500-resident town.
Idaho Statesman ; Oct. 25

Wyoming's 'Healthy Frontiers' insurance program slowly builds client base
Last year, Wyoming launched its state-run "Healthy Frontiers" program designed to give eligible clients preventative care to help demonstrate that early treatment will save money in the long run, but so far only 49 people have signed up for the program.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 25

Colorado company gets Wyoming permit for uranium mine
Ur-Energy, a Colorado-based company, announced that it had received a mining permit from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for its in-situ uranium mine near Rawlins; and now the company just needs approval of the Bureau of Land Management for the Lost Creek project 40 miles from Rawlins to move forward.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 25

Group wants Idaho congressman's bighorn sheep rider pulled from bill
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition asked Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, to pull from the current Interior Apporiations bill a provision sponsored by Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson that limits a U.S. Forest Service policy put in place in the Payette National Forest in Idaho to just that forest.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 25

President Obama in in Colorado for fundraisers, speech
President Obama returns to Colorado today, where he'll attend a couple of fundraisers at the Pepsi Center in Denver this evening, and he's scheduled to give a speech Wednesday morning to college students at the Auraria Event Center.
Denver Post; Oct. 25

EPA director in Colorado promises continued efforts on Four Corners plants
Lisa P. Jackson, the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was in Denver on Monday, where she participated in a panel discussion on Colorado’s "Clean Air Clean Jobs" Act, and she promised that the Obama administration would continue to work to reduce emissions at coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners region.
Durango Herald; Oct. 25

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