Monday, June 24, 2013

Rockies Today, June 24

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

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USFS tells Idaho it cannot support megaload plan from Idaho to Montana
The U.S. Forest Service told the Idaho Department of Transportation that the federal agency could not support a plan to move a 655,000-pound, 225-foot-long, and 21-foot-wide water purification vessel from the Port of Lewiston through Idaho to Montana.
Billings Gazette (AP); June 24

Montana senator's bill requires land agencies to act on climate change
U.S. Senate Bill 1201 introduced Thursday by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus and Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse requires the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Bureau of Land Management to work together with state agencies to adapt land management policies to reflect the changing climate.
Missoulian; June 24

Complex of wildfires continue to rage in southwest Colorado
The West Fork Complex has burned across 76,000 acres of land in southwestern Colorado, although no structures have yet been lost to the wildfire, which is currently zero percent contained and knocking on the door of the town of South Fork.
Denver Post; June 24

Crews have all but 2 Colorado wildfires under control
The West Fork complex and East Peak fires in Colorado are still evading containment, but crews have a handful of other wildfires in the state contained or nearly so.
Denver Post; June 24

Tiny Idaho town tucked into forest lands fears wildfire
Stanley lies nestled within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and the 63 residents of the Idaho burg have watched mountain pine beetle and spruce budworm munch their way through the landscape over the past two decades, and with dead and dying trees marring the landscape, concern about wildfire continues to grow in the town.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 24

Utah counties see federal funding dry up
Utah ranks second in the U.S. for payments to counties under the federal Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) program, which provides funding to counties that have non-taxable federal lands within their borders, and with the future of that program, and its sister program, Secure Rural Schools, in peril, Utah counties are struggling to deal with the loss of revenue.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 24

EPA hands over Pavillion -area water investigation to Wyoming
The Environmental Protection Agency said it will abandon the second study of groundwater contamination in an area around Pavillion and let Wyoming take the lead on the study, which was ordered after the state questioned the results of the 2011 probe that linked the contamination to hydraulic fracturing work nearby.
Washington Post (AP); June 24

Alberta premier: Current flooding worse disaster than 2011 Slave Lake fire
On Sunday, Alberta Premier Alison Redford called the current flood that swept through southern Alberta, including Calgary, was the largest disaster in the province's history.
Calgary Herald; June 24

Flooding in S. Alberta slows response to pipeline leak in N. Alberta
The Lubicon Lake First Nation said the pipeline leak near Little Buffalo is larger than Pennwest Exploration originally estimated, and company executives acknowledged that flooding in southern Alberta that affected Pennwest headquarters had affected communications.
Calgary Herald; June 24

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