Friday, November 15, 2013

Rockies Today, Nov. 15

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Montana FWP board gives initial OK to land access tax credit for landowners
At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting on Thursday, the panel gave preliminary approval to a tax credit for landowners who allow access across their lands to public lands, and approved the release of 20 black-footed ferrets at UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge in Phillips County.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 15

FWP Commission approves purchase of Montana Snowy Mountain access parcel
On Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks acted expeditiously to spend $50,000 on a 40-acre parcel of land in Fergus County to assure access to 18,000 acres of land in the Snowy Mountains.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 15

USFS backs off effort to secure water rights from ski areas
Despite the U.S. Forest Service's announcement that it will no longer pursue its effort to require ski areas to sign over their water rights to the agency to tie such rights to the land, Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said he will work to get his bill, HR 3189, which would prohibit the Forest Service from demanding ranchers and ski areas relinquish their water rights to the agency.
Durango Herald; Nov. 15

Final count of votes results in passage of 4th anti-fracking measure in Colorado
On Thursday, the final votes on the five-year hydraulic fracturing ban in Broomfield were counted, switching the unofficial tally on election day from the measure failing by 13 votes to passing by 17 votes, a margin so slim that a mandatory recount of the Colorado vote will be done.
Denver Post; Nov. 15

Boeing in talk with Utah after machinists union vote in Washington state
After 67 percent of the members of the International Association of Machinists in Washington state voted against a contract with Boeing that traded concessions on benefits for guaranteed jobs, Boeing senior officials met with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to explore relocating jobs to the Beehive State.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 15

Alberta's oil boom drives up cost of living in Calgary
The energy sector has made Calgary a boom town in Alberta, and while related businesses are providing a good living for some, not all sectors are enjoying higher wages, while all residents are dealing with high housing costs and higher expenses for food.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 15

Wolf management a factor in updating Idaho's elk plan
Among the 1,203 people who reviewed Idaho's proposal to update its 1999 elk management plan, 442 people commented and 150 of those people urged more aggressive wolf management to help protect elk populations, but Craig White, the plan coordinator, said while aggressive wolf management would be part of the plan in some areas of the state, in others where elk numbers are so high that crop damage is a problem, management of the predators would be limited to keeping them away from cows and sheep.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 15

Deer, elk face uncertain fate in areas of Idaho burned by wildfire
Idaho Fish and Game wildlife managers have met with private property owners in areas where elk and deer may be forced to congregate this winter as forage on their usual wintering grounds has not recovered from this summer's wildfires.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 15

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