Friday, November 30, 2012

Rockies Today, Nov. 30

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Agreement puts trapping off-limits in area of Montana national forest
The Bass Creek Recreation Area in the Bitterroot National Forest gets the second highest number of visitors in the forest in Montana each year, and as of Thursday, the 1,600-acre recreation area is officially a trapping-free zone.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 30

Montana governor urges President not to order releases from Fort Peck Dam
Gov. Brian Schweitzer wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to resist calls to increase releases from the Fort Peck Dam to help bolster river flows in the Mississippi River, and the Montana governor said no matter whether the problem is too much or too little water, there always is a demand to release water from Fort Peck.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 30

Federal government to investigate pricing spread for lamb
Producers in the United States saw the price they're getting for lambs drop to less than a dollar a pound this fall, while the per-pound retail price rose to around $7, prompting calls from Montana U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester for an investigation, and this week, the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration announced that it has begun such an investigation.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 30

Suspect in eco-terrorism case surrenders to U.S. officials
Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, a Canadian woman alleged to be a member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), and suspected of participating in nearly two dozen acts of arson in five Western states between 1996 and 2001, including the fire that destroyed Two Elk Lodge and other buildings at the Vail ski area in Eagle County, Colo., in 1998, turned herself into U.S. officials on Thursday in Blaine, Wash.
Christian Science Monitor; Nov. 30

Canada says 'no' to shallow gas plan near Alberta wildlife area
The Canadian government rejected a proposal by Cenovus Energy Inc. to drill up to 1,275 new shallow gas wells over three years at the Canadian Forces Base Suffield National Wildlife Area because the environmental impacts of that plan were too great.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Reuters); Nov. 30

New Alberta refinery will give boost to CO2 pipeline
Work was already under way to capture carbon dioxide at a fertilizer plant in Edmonton to pipe from the Fort Saskatchewan area to depleted oilfields near Clive to ramp up production there, and the approval of North West Redwater Partnership's bitumen refinery in Edmonton will provide more carbon dioxide for the enhanced oil recovery efforts.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 30

Private equity firm's bid for Supervalu stalls due to lack of capital
When Minnesota-based Supervalu purchased most of Boise-based Albertsons Inc. in 2006, Cerberus Capital Management LP led a team of private equity firms that purchased the 600 Albertson's stores Supervalu didn't want, and now Cerberus is trying to buy Supervalu, although those talks have stalled due to concerns about Supervalu's profitability and Cerberus is having trouble rounding up the money to complete the purchase.
Idaho Statesman (Bloomberg News); Nov. 30

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