Monday, November 21, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 21

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

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U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Montana, Idaho under review
The U.S. Sheep Experiment Station was created in 1926 on 47,000 acres in the Centennial Mountains south of Dillon that stretch to DuBois, Idaho, for sheep research, as well as grazing and rangeland health, but the domestic herds are in conflict with grizzly bears, wolves and bighorn sheep, and there is an increasing debate on closing the station or at least grazing of domestic herds in the upper reaches of the facility.
Montana Standard; Nov. 21

Yellowstone National Park proposes 'selective cull' of bison
The Associated Press obtained documents that indicate that Yellowstone National Park officials are considering a proposal to selectively remove up to 360 wild bison to reduce the number of bison in the park from around 3,700 to 3,000.
Montana Standard (AP); Nov. 21

Oil shale debate ignites as Congress takes up Lamborn's bill
Colorado U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's legislation to expand the acres of federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming open for oil shale development will get a hearing today, but opponents to the measure said companies should prove that they have developed the technology needed to draw the oil from the rocks before more land is opened for development.
Durango Herald; Nov. 21

B.C. passes legislation to protect Flathead River basin
Last week British Columbia passed a law codifying the agreement struck more than a year ago by Premier Gordon Campbell and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer to protect the Flathead River Basin from mining.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 21

BLM study adds viewshed aspect to wind farms, transmission projects
Studies have already pinpointed areas of Wyoming best suited for wind-energy development, and now the Bureau of Land Management is studying those areas from a view-impact point of view as well as land use.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 21

Wyoming county has host of energy projects in their future
There are three wind farms in the works in Wyoming's Sweetwater County, as well as proposed transmission projects and considerable oil and gas development as well.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 21

An oilman's handshake agreement complicates Wyoming park policy
In 1929, agents for John D. Rockefeller Jr., bought tens of thousands of acres in Western Wyoming, including the Turner family's dude ranch, the Triangle X Ranch, and when those acres became Grand Teton National Park in 1950, that family was promised a place in the park as long as they lived, but in September, the park ended its long-term practice of renewing the Turner family's contract to operate the dude ranch and put the contract up for bid, a move the Turners said violates the agreement that was part and parcel of the family's original agreement to sell the land.
New York Times; Nov. 20

Utah offers real-time air alerts for residents in Uintah Basin
Residents in the sparsely populated but oil-and-gas rich Uintah Basin will have access to the same kind of air-quality reports residents of Utah's urban areas have.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 21

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