Monday, November 7, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 7

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Analysts say U.S. has entered new era in energy production
To be sure, the slowing economy of the United States has had a role in the mothballing of generation plants and transmission lines, but analysts said an increase in energy efficiency, as well as the installation of more local generation projects, such as rooftop solar, and public policy changes are moving the nation to a new energy dynamic.
Denver Post; Nov. 7

BLM gives tentative approval to expand Utah coal mine
The Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental analysis that would allow a strip coal mine near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah to expand by 3,500 acres.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 5

Plan to move mine tailings in Montana under debate
Mike Horse Dam, an earthen berm that holds a million cubic yards of mine waste captive at the headwaters of Montana's Blackfoot River, leaked in 1975, sending thousands of cubic yards of toxic waste into that river, killing most of the fish, and now the state is working on a plan to get the tailings out from behind the berm, but the proposed disposal site isn't popular with the folks who live near it.
Missoulian; Nov. 7

Idaho firm gets contract to continue uranium tailings cleanup in Utah
The Department of Energy announced Friday that Portage, Inc., a small company from Idaho, would take over cleaning up uranium mine tailings on the banks of the Colorado River near Moab, a decision Utah U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson questioned as the new, five-year contract will allocate between $20 million and $27 million annually to haul away the contaminated material, millions of dollars less per year than in the past two years.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 5

Idaho, Washington want federal help in corraling mussels
During the last summer, inspectors in Idaho and Washington kept dozens of boats with zebra and quagga mussels from reaching waters in their states, with most of the boats with the invasive aquatic species coming from the Great Lakes region, and the remainder from federal waters in Arizona and Nevada, prompting calls for more federal intervention to keep boats from those waters leaving the area with the mussels attached.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Nov. 7

Wyoming residents, hunters adapt to living with grizzly bears
There are now hundreds of grizzly bears in Wyoming, and residents and hunters in bear country said the changes they've had to make to accommodate the higher number of bears is worth living in the area. Contains sidebars listing fatal bear attacks and a recap on the grizzly bear delisting effort.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 7

Groups help Montana ranchers live with wolves
Keystone Conservation and People and Carnivores are two nonprofits helping Montana ranchers install and develop techniques to keep wolves from their cattle, and at least one rancher said he'd like some of the cash pouring into funds to save the wolves to go to ranchers to help them and their herds co-exist with the wolves.
New York Times; Nov. 5

Wildlife agents collar elk, deer to track migration in SW Colorado
The arrival of sunflower production in Southwest Colorado about four years ago has created a problem for state wildlife officials as elk and deer are damaging crops and sending the tab for such damage to $500,000 a year, so state wildlife officials are capturing elk and deer and putting radio collars on the animals to better understand migration routes to help create better management options.
Durango Herald; Nov. 7

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