Monday, February 6, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 6

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Yellowstone Park plans to capture wandering bison this winter
If bison migrate out of Yellowstone National Park into Montana this winter, park officials said those animals will be rounded up and sent to slaughter.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Feb. 5

Colorado continues work on its plan for federal roadless areas
Idaho was the first state to have its plan to manage federal roadless areas of forests approved, and Colorado has been working on its plan for the past six years with a decision in Washington D.C. on the proposal expected within weeks, but some say the plan allows too much road-building and gives coal mines and ski resorts too much access.
New York Times; Feb. 6

USFWS, NPS and EPA all oppose coal mine expansion near Utah park
The Bureau of Land Management is studying Alton Coal Development LLC proposal to expand its strip coal mine in Utah near Bryce Canyon National Park onto 3,500 acres of public land, a proposal that is opposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Feb. 6

Federal judge sides with Wyoming, Utah, USFWS in sage grouse lawsuit
Judge B. Lynn Winmill's decision last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians to force the federal government to immediately put in place plans to protect sage grouse in 11 Western states.
Seattle Times (AP); Feb. 6

Study tracks water diverted from Colorado counties to Front Range cities
A study commissioned by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments found that, among the state's six headwater mountain counties, Grand County sends 307,500 acre-feet of water to Eastern Slope communities annually and nearly 99,000 acre-feet of water flows from Pitkin County annually to those communities.
Aspen Times; Feb. 6

Wyoming legislators propose sales tax in Yellowstone Park
Members of the Wyoming Legislature known informally as the Yellowstone Caucus are supporting legislation that would impose a 1-cent sales tax in Yellowstone National Park to help fill gaps in funding to pay for road and sewer projects.
Jackson Hole Daily; Feb. 6

Owner of federally funded Idaho sawmill says it will reopen
Dick Vinson mortgaged his ranch near Thompson Falls, Mont., to help build and operate a sawmill in Emmett in Idaho's timber-rich Gem County, and he got $4 million in federal stimulus funds to create much-need jobs in the county, but a series of problems put the sawmill in foreclosure, although Vinson is sure he can get it back on track.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 6

Study finds high levels of mercury in spiders near Utah's Great Salt Lake
Students from Westminster College are studying how mercury moves through the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, and a new grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to the college's Great Salt Lake Institute will allow them to expand on a study that found extremely high levels of mercury in spiders near the Utah lake.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 6

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