Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 27

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USPS to close W. Montana mail processing center by March
The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will close its Kalispell mail-processing center and move those operations to Missoula, resulting in a net loss of eight jobs in western Montana.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Sept. 27

Wyoming producers optimistic about uranium market
After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, uranium prices went on a wild ride, but the price is now holding steady at around $50 a pound, and with more nuclear reactors under construction globally, Wyoming producers are optimistic about future prices.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 27

Montana releases final plan for Clark Fork River watershed funds
The Montana Department of Justice's Natural Resource Damage Program released its proposal on distribution of the remaining $65.5 million in the fund for restoration of the Upper Clark Fork River basin, with $45.6 million allocated to aquatic projects and $19.9 million for terrestrial work.
Missoulian; Sept. 27

Idaho city approves $2.7M plan for whitewater park in Big Wood River
The Ketchum City Council approved a $2.7 million plan to build a whitewater park on a 1,500-foot-stretch of the Big Wood River near Hulen Meadows just north of the Idaho city.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 27

Another deal to capture, process emissions at Alberta oilsands operations
Texas-based William Cos.' Canadian branch has signed a second deal to capture and process emissions from a Fort McMurray oilsands upgrading company in Alberta that will reduce annual emissions of carbon dioxide by about 200,000 tons and sulfur dioxide by about 2,000 tons.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 27

USGS test of Wyoming groundwater finds lower level of benzene
The U.S. Geological Survey released the results of its tests of water from one groundwater monitoring well near Pavillion and found that benzene levels in that Wyoming well were lower than found by the Environmental Protection Agency's previous test, but the USGS was unable to test the second well due to low water levels.
Billings Gazette (AP); Sept. 27

Scientists find hotspot of geothermal energy in Utah desert
Utah Geological Survey scientists have been probing Black Rock Desert basin south of Delta for two years and they said exploratory wells have found a 100-square-mile area within that basin that would support a geothermal power plant.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 27

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