Friday, January 18, 2013

Rockies Today, Jan. 18

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Developer to try again on Montana wind project near Anaconda
After Congress extended for one year the federal wind-tax production credit, Montana-based Exergy Integrated Systems will again put pencil to paper to make its proposed wind project on the C Hill in Anaconda cost competitive.
Montana Standard; Jan. 18

Real estate brokers plan new ski area in Colorado
Tom Chapman and Ron Curry are expected to announce their plans to develop a new ski area adjacent to the Telluride Ski Area in Colorado on 103 mining claims they own.
Denver Post; Jan. 18

Report: Colorado's record wildfire season caued $538 million in losses
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control's preliminary report said that fire departments across the state reported a total of 4,167 wildland fires in 2012 that killed six civilians, destroyed more than 648 structures, scorched nearly 385,000 acres and racked up at least $538 million in property losses.
Denver Post; Jan. 18

Idaho man mistakes trapped lynx for bobcat, kills it
Lynx are a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, and sightings of the elusive cats are rare in northern Idaho, where one was caught in a trap last month and killed by the trapper, who said he thought it was a bobcat.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Jan. 18

Montana legislators debate study of renewable energy mandate
Both utility representatives and members of environmental groups spoke in favor Thursday of a resolution that would direct a study of Montana's renewable energy mandate passed in 2005, but for different reasons, with the utilities saying that the study should address the costs of complying with the standard.
Missoulian; Jan. 18

Flathead Irrigation Board vote could affect tribes' water compact with Montana
The Flathead Joint Board of Control will hold three informational meetings for irrigators on the proposed Flathead Indian Irrigation Project Water Use Agreement, the approval or denial of which may affect the water pact between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the state of Montana and the federal government that the Legislature is expected to vote on this session.
Missoulian; Jan. 18

Governor's female nominee for Idaho Fish & Game panel faces Senate fight
In June, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter nominated Joan Hurlock of Buhl, and Will Naillon of Challis to serve on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, and while the Idaho Senate has set a confirmation hearing on Naillon's nomination for today, Senate Resources Chairman Monty Pearce said concerns about Hurlock's commitment to fishing and hunting has stalled a hearing on confirming her appointment.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 18

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