Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rockies Today, Oct. 1

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Government shutdown will delay hearings on wolf delisting
The federal government held the first of three public hearings on its plan to remove endangered species protection from most of the wolves in the lower 48 states, with the second meeting scheduled in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday and in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday, both of which could be postponed due to the federal government shutdown. Editor's note: An email from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that the meetings in California and New Mexico are postponed due to the shutdown.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Oct. 1

Shutdown will affect some of 12,400 federal employees in Montana
There are 12,400 federal government employees in the state of Montana, and the shutdown of the government as of today will affect many of those workers.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 1

Colorado task force: Homeowners should shoulder costs of living in the woods
The Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released their recommendations on Monday, which includes setting a statewide building code requiring the use of fire-resistant materials in homes built in the woods and a defensible space around those homes, and lawmakers set a fee be charged on those homes.
Denver Post; Oct. 1

Canada announces sale of B.C. coal tracts northwest of Montana national park
The Canadian government said the coal tracts it plans to sell in southeastern British Columbia are adjacent to the area covered by a 2010 agreement between Montana and British Columbia banning coal mining and industrial development in the transboundary Flathead River drainage; a hearing was scheduled Thursday before a U.S. House subcommitte on Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013, legislation that codifies the agreement, but that hearing could be postponed due to the federal government's shutdown.
Missoulian; Oct. 1

Chinese fabrication company breaks ground on Alberta plant
Shanghai-based Yanda, which fabricates equipment for the chemical and energy industries, is building its first plant outside of China in Alberta, near Highway 15, the province's heavy haul route for megaloads, and near several industrial projects currently under construction.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 1

Wyoming clean-coal research still viable despite new federal CO2 limits
Although the University of Wyoming's plan to build a $100-million coal gasification research center in Cheyenne with General Electric is essentially dead and the money allocated to other projects, but researchers there said research on curtailing carbon-dioxide emissions will continue in other projects.
WyoFile.com; Oct. 1

Colorado-based Frontier Airlines sold again
Arizona-based Indigo Partners LLC's $145-million deal to buy Denver-based Frontier Airlines from Republic Airways Holdings is contingent upon getting approval of the deal from the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and FAPAInvest LLC by Oct. 31.
Denver Post; Oct. 1

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