Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rockies Today, Nov. 12

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Record number of raptors fly through Montana's Bitterroot Valley
A raptor researcher in Montana said a slow-moving California storm funneled a record-setting number of turkey vultures, osprey and other raptors through the Bitterroot Valley this fall.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 12

FDA regulations could squash Montana's small food producers
Comments on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed standards for "Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption," are due Nov. 15, and farmers market producers in Montana said the regulations aimed at large producers could put them out of business.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 12

Encana to build 3rd largest water treatment plant in world in Wyoming
On Friday, Encana broke ground on a water-treatment plant in central Wyoming that will treat up to one million gallons of water produced by oil and gas operations each day, making the plant the third largest of its kind in the world.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Nov. 10

Oil, gas companies move to recycled water for drilling operations
The drought in Texas forced oil and gas drillers to use recycled water in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and now one company in that state uses 90 percent recycled water for its drilling operations, and in Colorado, the use of recycled water is growing as well.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 12

Montana funds easement to protect area on Rock Creek, Clark Fork River
Gov. Steve Bullock approved spending $400,000 from Montana's Natural Resource Damage Program settlement funds to help purchase 202 acres surrounding Rock Creek's confluence with the Clark Fork River, with the plan for Five Valleys Land Trust to eventually transfer the land to public ownership.
Missoulian; Nov. 9

U.S. to release report detailing public safety concerns on reservations
A report compiling the information gleaned by a panel of law enforcement and judicial experts during a tour of reservations in the United States will be released today, with recommendations on how to close the public safety gaps on tribal lands.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 12

Families with sick kids head to Colorado for medicinal marijuana
There is a migration afoot to Colorado, where families with sick children are moving to the Centennial State where medicinal marijuana can be added to the arsenal of drugs to treat seizure disorders.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 10

Marijuana use, possession on the rise in Colorado schools
Although there has not been a release of actual numbers, education and law enforcement resource officers said that, since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2010, and since voters approved recreational marijuana use by adults in 2012, the incidents involving marijuana in middle and high schools around the state have increased dramatically.
Denver Post; Nov. 12

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