Friday, September 13, 2013

Rockies Today, Sept. 13

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Floods inundate, strand communities along Colorado's Front Range
Officials in Colorado's Front Range cities and communities said they can't even begin to assess the damage done by floods since Thursday until the rain lets up, communication is again established, and access opened to areas now stranded by floodwaters and washed out roads.
Denver Post; Sept. 13

Western Watersheds Project's Marvel talks about his retirement
In his video exit interview with Ketchum Keystone, Jon Marvel, the longtime leader of Western Watersheds Project, talks about his work on the issue of grazing on public lands.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 13

Montana state forester tells legislators fire costs down this year
In a report to legislators, Montana state forester Bob Harrington said the state's share of firefighting costs was $11 million this year, about a fifth of last year's $60 million, with just 192 square miles of land affected by wildfire, compared to last year, when 18,750 square miles burned.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 13

Montana closes archery season for wolves in one district near Yellowstone
The archery season for wolves will close across Montana on Saturday, the day before rifle season for wolves begins, but in one district near Yellowstone, the archery season will close a day earlier, as one wolf has already been killed in that district, and state officials want to keep the remaining three wolves in the district's quota available for rifle hunters.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 13

Montana governor takes a hike with reps from companies on best list
On Thursday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock met with representatives of the seven companies in the state that made Outdoor Magazine's Best Places to Work list, and during a roundtable discussion followed by a hike up Mount Helena, he heard why Whitefish e-commerce ZaneGroup, Outlaw Partners in Big Sky, Missoula's Adventure Life, and even the Seeley Elementary School, made the list.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 13

Idaho governor pitches plan to let state run 2.5M acres of federal land
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter pitched a pilot project that would turn over management of 2.5 million acres of federal lands in Idaho to the state to U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee, of which Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador is a member.
Twin Falls Times News; Sept. 13

Utah database allows public to find information on environmental incidents
Information on environmental incidents in Utah is now available to the public through a searchable online database maintained by the state Division of Environmental Response and Remediation.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 13

Pipeline safety to get auditor general review in Alberta
Environmental groups and tribes hailed the decision of Alberta's auditor general to review pipeline safety, recent spills and the province's current regulations to see if they are adequate.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 13

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