Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rockies Today, Oct. 8

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Idaho mining claim owners, county sue USFS over closed roads
Last week, owners of mining claims in the Nez Perce National Forest, along with the Idaho County Commission, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service charging that the agency's closure of four roads in the Idaho forest was illegal, and seeks to claim public ownership of those roads under a Civil War-era law known as R.S. 2477, which has been used to keep roads open across some federal lands in Utah.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 8

Federal lawsuit charges Montana HP racially profiled Hispanic drivers
A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that the Montana Highway Patrol pulled over Hispanic drivers for routine traffic violations and illegally detained them while they checked their immigration status.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Oct. 8

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease killed hundreds of deer in W. Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said tests confirmed that epizootic hemorrhagic disease killed more than 400 whitetail deer in Western Montana in recent weeks.
Ravalli Republic; Oct. 8

Wyoming recognized for system of wildlife overpasses, underpasses
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recently recognized the Wyoming Department of Transportation for its system of overpasses and underpasses that allow migrating wildlife to make their way safely across highways in the state.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 8

Company pitching coal-to-gasoline plant asks Wyoming for more time
DKRW Advanced Fuels first obtained a permit to build a coal-to-gasoline plant near Medicine Bow from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council in January of 2008, but the Texas-based company has yet to break ground, and in September the company asked the council to give it a 30-month extension on its building permit or the council can pull the permit.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 8

Wyoming coal miner's death was third in three days in U.S.
The death of a Wyoming man working at the Bridger Coal Mine near Rock Springs on Sunday was the third reported fatality at a U.S. coal mine in as many days, and prompted a call from the Mine Safety and Health Administration for companies to ramp up safety training.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 8

Spaceport Colorado signs international tenant
The initiative to develop an aerospace hub at Front Range Airport in Colorado's Adams County gained international support with Spaceport Colorado's agreement with Swiss Space Systems, which plans to use its suborbital plane to launch satellites, to establish its North American headquarters there.
Denver Post; Oct. 8

Shutdown halts some Montana timber projects
Work continues on a project to remove dead and dying trees at the Lost Trail Powder Mountain ski area on the Montana-Idaho border, while other timber projects on federal lands have been halted due to the federal government shutdown.
Ravalli Republic; Oct. 8

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