Friday, November 9, 2012

The Rockies Today, Nov. 9

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

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Montana FWP gives preliminary approval to elk-brucellosis plan
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commissioner Bob Ream stressed that the plan approved by the Montana commission on Thursday to reduce brucellosis in elk and decrease transmission to domestic cattle herds was a preliminary plan, and that commissioners would take public comments received before Dec. 20 into consideration before making a final decision at the commission's January meeting.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 9

Hiring of Chinese nationals to work in B.C. coal mines spurs Canadian review
After the Vancouver Sun reported that a consortium of Chinese companies planned to hire nearly 2,000 Chinese nationals to work in four underground mines in northeast British Columbia, because they could not find Canadian workers, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said the federal government is investigating the process and Canadian unions have filed legal challenges.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 9

Coal company exec blames Obama re-election for Utah layoffs
Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who actively supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said the immediately layoffs of 102 mining workers at the West Ridge Mine in Utah announced Thursday was the direct result of the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Deseret News; Nov. 9

Montana, Salish, Kootenai tribes hammer out water rights agreement
The Montana Water Rights Compact Commission, the federal government and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released the proposed water settlement between the entities, and a series of public meetings are scheduled, with nine of the 12 meetings scheduled off the Flathead Reservation, an indication of how far-reaching the effects of the deal are.
Missoulian; Nov. 9

Ninth Circuit Court declares Idaho, Montana wolf-listing case 'moot'
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in favor of Idaho, Montana and a number of other groups, and agreed that a 2010 decision of U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy that found wolves in the two states were illegally stripped of endangered species protection was "dismissed, vacated and remanded."
Missoulian; Nov. 9

Colorado scientists: Models showing greater climate change more accurate
National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists John Fasullo and Kevin Trenberth studied the climate models used to measure relative humidity in the tropics and subtropics, and in the Colorado scientists' analysis published in Science this week, they found that the models that predicted a 7-degree increase and above in humidity levels were the most accurate.
Boulder Daily Camera; Nov. 9

Idaho group sues Ada County over Dynamis power project
Ada County commissioners continue to take heat for their approval of Dynamis Energy's plan to build a waste-to-power project in a landfill in the Idaho county, and on Thursday, they appeared to take it from all sides as about a hundred people showed up to protest the deal before a public meeting where dozens of residents questioned the deal and the Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and Transparent Government filed a lawsuit challenging the commission's decision.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 9

BuRec release final EIS on Sanpete County's dam project in Utah
The Bureau of Reclamation's Final Environmental Impact Statement for Sanpete County's proposed Narrows Project on Gooseberry Creek east of Fairview says the preferred alternative is a 120-foot-tall dam 120 that could store 17,000 acre-feet of water in a 604-acre reservoir in the Utah county, but Carbon County officials said they're not giving up and will go to court to stop the project if that's what it takes.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 9

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