Monday, August 27, 2012

The Rockies Today, Aug. 27

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Wyoming legislator proposes changes to bison-hunt regulations
The number of bison on the National Elk Refuge has grown far beyond the carrying capacity of the land, and Rep. Keith Gingery wants to make changes to Wyoming's hunting regulations to make it easier for hunters to kill cows, including changing permits from once-in-a-lifetime to an opportunity to hunt a cow bison once every five years and lowering the cost of a cow permit for nonresidents from $2,500 to $1,000.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 27

Group petitions Idaho to allow use of weevils to control milfoil in lake
Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper filed a petition against the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to force a change in policy that will allow the use of biological agents to control noxious weeds, and in particular the use of weevils to combat Eurasian milfoil in Lake Pend Oreille.
Idaho Statesman (Bonner County Bee); Aug. 27

Opponents launch campaign to stop proposed gondola in Utah
On Saturday, opponents to the plan to run a gondola from Canyons Resort in Park City to Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon took a hike along the path of that gondola to announce a campaign to stop the SkiLink plan.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 26

Wyoming governor unveils GOP governors' energy plan
Gov. Matt Mead, who chairs the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee's Energy and Environment Committee, provided details of the group's energy plan to oil and gas company representatives operating in Wyoming on Wednesday, including imposing a time limit for performing environmental assessment of energy projects and requiring a cost assessment of any policy proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 27

Three wildfire fighters injured in Idaho
Burnout work on the 122,990-acre Trinity Ridge fire in Idaho successfully protected the small town of Featherville, but three Utah firefighters were hurt on Saturday when a rolling log hit them, sending two to the hospital for treatment.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 27

Utah asks counties for input on proposed sage grouse plan
The working group assembled by Gov. Gary Herbert to develop a plan to keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list is asking counties to comment on the group's draft recommendations, which include creating a four-mile buffer zone around breeding grounds and limiting surface disturbance areas to five acres within each 640-acre section.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 27

Scientist says Enbridge's cleanup plans should address diluted bitumen
Documents obtained under an access to information request indicate that Kenneth Lee, a scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans argued that Enbridge's cleanup plan for any spill into the coastal waters of British Columbia from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline specifically address diluted bitumen, but Enbridge officials said that was not necessary as conventional crude and diluted bitumen react the same when spilled.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); Aug. 27

Canadian company turns vacant Wyoming school campus into factory
Officials of Alberta-based Ridgeline Energy Services Inc. said Wyoming's lack of a state income tax, its business-friendly climate and Northwest Community College's welding program led the company to Deaver, where it turned a vacant seven-acre school campus into a factory to make wastewater-treatment equipment used by oil and gas production companies and other industries.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 27

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