Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rockies Today, Nov. 20

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U.S. Senate to vote on Montana senator's 'sportsmen's act' Nov. 26
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' concerns that the Sportsmen's Act, a bundle of 19 pieces of legislation dealing with hunting, fishing, public access and public lands, may violate the Budget Control Act, delayed U.S. Senate action on the bill until Nov. 26.
Flathead Beacon; Nov. 20

Enbridge pipeline adds another stressor for at-risk caribou in B.C.
The number of caribou in five herds in northeast British Columbia has fallen dramatically in the past decade, as widespread energy development has reduced forest habitat, luring more moose and deer to the area, providing more prey for wolves, and keeping predator numbers high, and Enbridge's plan to build the Northern Gateway pipeline through the middle of caribou range, the province is faced with a choice: Allow the caribou to disappear completely, kill wolves or stop the development.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 19

One-third of Idaho forest's wildfires in 2012 were human-caused
This past wildfire season, 21 of the 63 wildfires in the Boise National Forest in Idaho were human-caused, and officials are still deciding whether to prosecute the person who caused the $45-million Trinity Fire, are still looking for the person who caused the $7-million Springs Fire, and believe restitution is a possibility for the $2.3-million Karney Fire, for which 18-year-old Nathaniel Bartholomew is awaiting trial on arson charges.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 20

S. African coal-to-fuels company buys land, water rights on Wyoming lake
Sasol Synfuels, a South African company based in Johannesburg, is buying nearly 10,000 acres of land and 62,000 acre-feet of water rights on Lake DeSmet in Wyoming previously owned by M&M Ranch Acquisitions.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 20

U.S., Mexico to sign Colorado River agreement today
The agreement officials from the U.S. and Mexico are expected to sign today is a major amendment to the 1944 treaty between the two countries on Colorado River water, and will expire in five years.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 20<

Montana State Land board approves purchase of Milk River Ranch
The $5.7-million deal for Montana to buy the 4,505-acre Milk River Ranch is a two-part deal, with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation purchasing 1,513 acres for somewhere between $1,069,226 and $1,1 59,083, and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission buying 2,992 acres for $4.7 million for use as a Wildlife Management Area, which the FWP will vote on Dec. 10.
Missoulian; Nov. 20

Land board vote protects, expands Whitefish Trail system in Montana
On Monday, the Montana State Land Board approved two transactions that will permanently preserve public access to the Whitefish Trail and state trust lands around Whitefish Lake, and provide a new two-mile stretch of that trail.
Missoulian; Nov. 20

Layoffs at Idaho molybdenum mine hit Challis, Salmon economies
Officials of Colorado-based Thompson Creek Metals said declining demand for molybdenum forced the company to stop stripping processes at its Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho's Custer County and lay off 100 truck drivers and mechanics.
Idaho Statesman (Post Register); Nov. 20

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