Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rockies Today, July 16

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Montana DEQ issues initial assessment on mine near White Sulphur Springs
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued its draft Environmental Assessment Monday on Canada-based Tintina Alaska Exploration, Inc.'s proposed copper mine near White Sulphur Springs.
Helena Independent Record; July 16

Montana wildlife, livestock agenices release draft plan for bison
A draft environmental assessment of setting out six different options for allowing bison to roam out of Yellowstone National Park into areas of Montana north and west of the park was released by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Department of Livestock on Monday.
Helena Independent Record; July 16

Report says declining flows in Colorado River will devalue riverside land
Protect the Flows, which is a coalition of 850 business across the Colorado River basin's seven states, issued a report on Monday that said if flows in the Colorado River decline 20 percent as predicted, the value of lands along that river will decline an estimated 9.5 percent.
Denver Post; July 16

Idaho, Colorado senators urge use of FEMA funds for wildfire mitigation
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo from Idaho and Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to spend more of its funding on wildfire mitigation, and are urging the Senate Appropriations Committee take steps to see that it happen.
Idaho Statesman; July 16

Wyoming county presses DRKW on plans for coal-to-gas plant
Texas-based DRKW Advanced Fuels has again filed for an extension on its plan to build a coal-to-gasoline plant near Medicine Bow in Carbon County, prompting the county's commissioners to consider writing a letter to the Wyoming Industrial Siting Commission to demand more details on the extension.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 16

Small farms boost Idaho's economy
The local food movement is feeding interest in small farms in Idaho, and local producers in the Treasure, Magic and Wood River valleys sell their crops through Idaho's Bounty Co-op to give restaurants and grocers a one-stop place to pick up local produce.
Idaho Statesman; July 16

Five-year project to protest aquifer in Idaho wraps up
The Idaho Department of Lands in Coeur d’Alene used a $300,000 federal grant and matching funds from an array of local agencies to map areas of Idaho's Kootenai County that needed trees and to plant trees needed to soak up waste water as part of the five-year project to protect the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; July 16

Audit finds lax oversight of doctors prescribing medical marijuana
Colorado's audit of the state Department of Public Health and Environment found lax regulation of doctors prescribing medical marijuana, including one doctor who prescribed the medicinal weed to 8,400 patients.
Denver Post; July 16

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