Friday, October 12, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 12

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Groups sue to halt wolverine trapping in Montana
Montana is the only state in the lower 48 that allows wolverine trapping, with an annual quota of five animals, and on Thursday, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit in state district court asking that the state law be suspended until the species is no longer a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 12

At 2nd hearing, Montana FWP debates brucellosis issue
At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's meeting Thursday, brucellosis was again on the agenda, and, again, the debate focused on whether the disease was a livestock issue or a wildlife issue.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 12

Anonymous donor protects inholding in Utah's Zion National Park
Zion National Park officials said an anonymous donor, working with the Trust for Public Lands and the National Parks Conservation Association, purchased a 30-acre inholding in the national park in Utah at the base of the redrock Tabernacle Dome, and will turn the parcel over to the National Park Service.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 12

Canada's environment ministers etch out an air-quality plan
At a meeting in Lake Louise on Thursday, Canada's federal and provincial environment ministers announced they had reached an agreement on air quality regulations that sets standards for particulate pollution and ozone, and contains some preliminary rules on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.
Calgary Herald and Canadian Press; Oct. 12

Expert warns Canada's parks endangered by 'amusement park' projects
At an environmental conference at Mount Royal University on Thursday, University of North British Columbia professor Pamela Wright, who was served as vice-chair of the original Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks in 2000, warned that budget cuts and the installation of "amusement park" attractions in Canada's national parks in Alberta and B.C. are threatening the ecological integrity of those parks.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 12

Wyoming spends millions to clean up trash on state lands
Discarded appliances used for target practice are a common item found on Wyoming's state trust lands, where the state has spent $3 million in the last year to clean up trash illegally dumped on those lands, and has closed six parcels to the public in the last year because of illegal dumping.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 12

Vestas cuts another 200 jobs in Colorado
On Thursday, Vestas announced it was cutting 200 jobs at its wind-turbine blade factory in Windsor, the largest job reduction announced by the Danish company in Colorado.
Denver Post; Oct. 12

Colorado biomass plant gets $40 million federal loan
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet announced Thursday that Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC received a $40 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a biomass power plant in Colorado.
Denver Post; Oct. 12

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