Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Rockies Today, Aug. 28

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Fast-moving wildfire burns its way from Idaho into Montana
The Mustang Complex wildfire burned across tens of thousands of acres over the weekend in Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest into the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 28

USFS officials in Colorado crack down on ATV, snowmobile rental companies
Three national forests in Colorado are among the six most-frequently visited in the nation, and federal land managers said a sharp increase in the number of companies that rent and deliver mountain bikes, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to trailheads for customers forced them to order two companies to stop delivering ATVs and snowmobiles at the Vail Pass summit parking area.
Denver Post; Aug. 28

Virginia turbine-maker sues Idaho wind developer over missed payment
The financial troubles of Exergy Development Group LLC continue to pile up, with Virginia-based AES Corp filing a federal lawsuit seeking to force the Idaho wind development company to pay the nearly $38 million it owes for 32 wind turbines ordered months ago.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 28

Panel wants Enbridge's commitment to protect B.C. waters to be mandatory
The Joint Review Panel, which was established under the National Energy Board Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, has asked Transport Canada to make Enbridge's commitment to protect the coastal waters of British Columbia from any spills of diluted bitumen mandatory, but neither the JRP, Transport Canada nor Enbridge has explained how such a change could be made without revising laws and regulations.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 28

Colorado Sec'y of State denies letters to voters were politically motivated
Earlier this month, the Colorado Secretary of State's office sent letters to 3,903 people in the state requesting that they provide proof of citizenship or remove themselves from voter-registration rolls, and on Monday, the Associated Press reported that 1,794 letters went to unaffiliated voters, while 1,566 went to registered Democrats and 486 to registered Republicans, with 57 sent to others.
Denver Post; Aug. 28

Idaho irrigation company wants water decision reversed
The Twin Lakes Canal Co. has appealed the decision issued in July by the Idaho Department of Water Resources to deny the Idaho irrigation company's request for a winter water permit, one of a handful of permits it needs before it can built its proposed $27-million dam along the Bear River in the southeastern part of the state.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 28

Citizens groups sue Colorado county commissioners over oilshale meeting
The Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) and the Western Colorado Congress (WCC) filed a lawsuit in state district court alleging that Garfield County commissioners who attended a meeting March 27 in Vernal, Utah, to work on oilshale policy with industry officials and commissioners from Utah's Uintah County, violated Colorado's Open Meetings Law.
Denver Post (Post Independent); Aug. 28

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