Friday, June 14, 2013

Rockies Today, June 14

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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Appeals court orders BLM to study range of grazing options in Montana
Western Watersheds Project, which filed the lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over its grazing plan for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and, in particular, the Woodhawk allotment, claimed victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision rendered that said the BLM must study a range of options for grazing permits, but the BLM said the decision upheld its general grazing plan for the Montana monument and only found fault with its plan for the Woodhawk allotment.
Great Falls Tribune; June 14

Grocer group accuses potato-grower association of price fixing
In a lawsuit that is now in federal court of Idaho, Associated Wholesale Grocers has accused United Potato Growers of America, which represents growers in 15 states, including Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well as 24 other defendants, of intentionally limiting planting and destroying harvested potatoes to keep prices of the popular tuber high.
Idaho Statesman (AP); June 14

Colorado wildfire kills 2, destroys another 19 homes
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announced Thursday that two residents were found dead in a home completely destroyed by the Black Forest fire, which has now burned across 15,700 acres and destroyed 379 homes since Tuesday.
Denver Post; June 14

Wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado now at 330 acres
Crews have the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado 30 percent contained.
Denver Post; June 14

Thursday was ignition day for spate of wildfires across Utah
Crews battled wildfires across Utah on Thursday, where high winds that downed a power line was blamed for igniting a brush fire in Provo; the causes of at least eight other wildfires that started yesterday are not known.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 14

Lightning-sparked wildfire in Idaho burns 5,000 acres
Wednesday night's lightning storm ignited a wildfire that had burned across 5,000 acres in Idaho near Castleford by Thursday evening.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 14

Nevada judge hears arguments SNWA, Spring Valley water fight
On Thursday, attorneys for the Goshute Tribes, ranchers and residents of the Spring Valley argued that Nevada State Engineer Jason King's decision to allow the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to pump 61,127 acre-feet of Spring Valley's groundwater to Las Vegas unfairly sacrifices their clients' way of life to Las Vegas, while SNWA attorneys said two million people in the Las Vegas need that reliable supply of water.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 14

Wyoming ranchers complain about group's role in federal grazing decisions
At the Wyoming Stock Growers Association annual convention in Cheyenne last week, ranchers in the state complained about Western Watersheds Project, which often litigates federal grazing permits, and said that the group has too much influence on the process, but Jonathon Ratner, director of the group's Wyoming office, said its only role is to ensure laws and policies are followed.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 14

Canada, Alberta sign agreement on monitoring oilsands
The long-awaited agreement between Canada and Alberta on how oilsands operations should be monitored has now been signed by federal Environment Minister Peter Kent, with the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency eventually assuming responsibility for oversight, but the decision to appoint a person to run the Alberta agency has raised concerns about the agency's independence. (Canadian Press); June 14

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