Friday, November 16, 2012

Rockies Today, Nov. 16

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BLM approves plan to put 800 wild horses on Montana ranch
The National Wild Horse and Burro Program, division of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, approved a 10-year plan to put up to 800 wild horses on the nearly 24-square-mile Rice-Spanish Q Ranch in Montana near Ennis, and if the plan is not challenged in court, horses could begin to arrive by Dec. 10.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 16

B.C. releases draft wolf management plan
British Columbia will take public comment on its draft wolf management plan through Dec. 5, but the B.C. Cattlemen's Association has already said it approves of the plan.
Kamloops Daily news; Nov. 14

B.C. forestry industry seeks thousands of loggers
The forest industry in British Columbia is gearing up for a boom, with the rebounding housing market in the U.S., as well as increased demand from China, and now the need to rebuild housing destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and industry officials are predicting a shortfall of at least 2,000 skilled workers in the province.
Calgary Herald (The Province); Nov. 16

Judge hears arguments in USFS, ski resorts case on water rights
After the U.S. Forest Service introduced a new rule in the process to approve ski area permits that required ski areas to transfer water rights to the federal government, the Colorado-based National Ski Areas Association — or NSAA, sued the U.S. Forest Service, arguing that the new rule overstepped the agency's authority, and on Thursday, a federal court judge in Denver heard from both sides.
Denver Post; Nov. 16

U. of Idaho scientists bring land managers up to speed on climate change
For the past two decades, hydrologists, biologists and foresters have been tracking how a drier, hotter climate is changing the landscape in the U.S., and with the aid of a National Science Foundation grant, a team of University of Idaho scientists are holding a series of workshops for land managers and others in the Northern Rockies to disseminate the climate change information.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 16

Idaho county, snowmobile group filed lawsuit over Selkirk caribou
After getting no response from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their petition filed in May to remove the small herd of caribou in the Selkirk Mountains from the federal Endangered Species list, Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association filed a federal lawsuit against the agency seeking to have federal protection of the herd removed.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Nov. 16

Alberta approves Atco Electric’s $1.6-billion transmission line
The Alberta Utilities Commission approved Atco Electric's 310-mile, 500 kilovolt, DC line through eastern Alberta on Thursday, with construction expected to begin within the next few weeks.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 16

Colorado farmer gets to press his case against Encana over leaky gas well
Rod Brueske, the Longmont-area farmer whose complaints about emissions and noise from an Encana gas well led to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to levy a negotiated $15,000 fine against the company, will be allowed to make a formal presentation to the Commission in the near future about his belief that the state's ability to fine poor operators is too limited, outdated and should be improved.
Denver Post; Nov. 16

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