Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Rockies Today, Aug. 14

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Sage grouse protection complicates Idaho transmission, wind projects
Efforts to protect sage grouse and habitat in western states to keep the species off the federal protection list are colliding with proposed transmission projects, and the Bureau of Land Management has seen a considerable decrease in applications for permits to build such projects between 2009 and 2011.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 14

Vestas announces job cuts at its wind-tower factory in Colorado
Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturer, has four factories in Colorado that employ 1,700 workers, and on Monday, company officials said they would cut 20 percent of its workforce at its Pueblo plant, or about 90 of the 450 workers, due to a slowdown of the market.
Denver Post; Aug. 14

USFS releases name of firefighter killed on Idaho fireline
Anne Veseth, a 20-year-old Moscow, Idaho, college student, was killed by a falling tree while fighting a wildfire in Idaho on Sunday
Missoulian; Aug. 14

Utah university, transit system reach tentative 10-year deal
Under an agreement struck Monday, University of Utah students and employees will enjoy free rides on the Utah Transit Authority buses and light rail trains for the next decade.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 14

Company releases route of gondola planned to link 2 Utah ski resorts
On Monday, Canyons Resort Managing Director Mike Goar laid out the details of the route the proposed 11,000-foot-long gondola would take to link that Utah ski resort with Solitude.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 14

Ad campaigns paint disparate pictures of Alberta-B.C. pipeline project
Enbridge CEO Patrick Daniel said environmental groups that want to end global use of oil are targeting the company's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry Alberta oil to B.C. ports for export to Asia, as a means to do so, while environmental and aboriginal groups are campaigning to stop the pipeline over concerns about environmental effects of oil production and about spills from the pipeline.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 14

Aboriginal millionaire: Alberta oilsands economic opportunity for first nations
Dave Tuccaro, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, out of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., spent three decades building his business in oilsands territory, and counts more than 120 native-owned businesses operating in Alberta's oilsands.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 14

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