Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Rockies Today, May 9

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Montana FWP official resigns to take post with NorthWestern Energy
Art Noonan, who was hired by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director Joe Maurier in June 2009 to be deputy director, resigned that post last week to take a job at NorthWestern Energy.
Helena Independent Record; May 9

Natural gas prices expected to hit lows this year not seen since 1996
Martin King, with FirstEnergy Capital Corp., told analysts at a meeting at the Petroleum Club in Calgary, that global oil prices were predicted to remain fairly flat this year, but a glut of natural gas will push prices for that fuel down to 1996 levels.
Calgary Herald; May 9

Interior Secretary Salazar signs off on Utah natural-gas project
At a ceremony in western Salt Lake City Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed a document approving Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s 3,675-well Greater Natural Buttes development south of Vernal, calling the Utah natural-gas drilling plan an important step toward energy security that also provided environmental protections.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 9

Utah, county officials say challenge of federal roads not about paving wilderness
Twenty-two of Utah's 29 counties are expected to file lawsuits challenging federal ownership of 45,000 miles of roads in the state, and Utah Chief Deputy Attorney General John Swallow said at a news conference on Tuesday, that the lawsuits were filed to protect families' access for hunting and recreation, as well as protect access to water and minerals and to provide desert safety.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 9

Montana online jobs site snags White House's attention, a Gardiner-based online jobs site that employs five in the small Montana town, is one of 10 job posting websites White House officials decided to partner with to build the Summer Jobs+ Bank website.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 9

Denver makes list of cities for Facebook's IPO presentations
Facebook officials are on the road touting the social networking site's initial public offering, and Denver is one of 10 stops.
Denver Post; May 9

Preliminary data released on Wyoming bighorn sheep herds
A cooperative study done by the University of Wyoming, the state Game and Fish Department, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service of the Teton Bighorn Sheep Herd in the winters of 2008 and 2009 found that the herds leave some prime habitat in the winter untouched, and that the Teton herd and the Jackson herd do not intermingle.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; May 9

Utah relocates beavers for watershed work
Beaver that were cutting down trees on private property near Panguitch were trapped and released on a southern Utah stream in the Dixie National Forest as part of a management plan adopted by the state in 2010 designed to protect beaver numbers in the state by moving them from where they're not wanted to areas that could benefit from the species' dam-building.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 9

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