Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rockies Today, Dec. 19

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Trappers group asks for no traps in popular x-country ski area in Montana
The Montana Trappers Association joined with the Como Trails Club to ask trappers avoid the popular cross-country ski area in the Bitterroot National Forest.
Ravalli Republic; Dec. 19

Montana FWP helps free grizzly bear from wolf trap near Dupuyer
A steel leg-hold trap set on a ranch west of Dupuyer to catch a wolf caught a 4-year-old male grizzly bear instead, and the trappers called the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to sedate the bear and free it.
Great Falls Tribune; Dec. 19

Senate panel advances Montana senator's Forest Jobs bill
On a 9-to-8 vote, the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced a revised Forest Jobs and Recreation Act sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, with the bill lowering the amount of land to be designated as wilderness; the bill now moves on to full Senate for action.
Missoulian; Dec. 19

Idaho to hold hearing today on transport of refinery megaloads to Montana
At a hearing today in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Transportation Department will hear from Mammoet USA South on its proposal for temporary alternations needed on a stretch of Interstate 90 to accommodate three truckloads of equipment headed to a Montana refinery in Great Falls, with each 472-foot-long truckload weighing in at 1.6-million pounds, nearly half again as big as the three megaloads headed into Idaho and Montana from Oregon.
Missoulian; Dec. 19

Wyoming board gives coal-to-gasoline project another extension of time
Texas-based DKRW first received a permit from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council to build an advanced coal-to-gasoline plant in Carbon County in 2008, but the company struggled to obtain the financing, and on Wednesday, the board gave DKRW a new timetable for the project, essentially allowing the company up to as much as 39 months to begin construction.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 19

Supercomputer in Wyoming crunches weather data for energy companies
The Yellowstone supercomputer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming Supercomputer Center in Cheyenne is processing data on tornadoes, hurricanes, water shortages, solar patterns and wind to provide better weather forecasts, and information to renewable energy installations to help maximize their output.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 19

New contracts prompts hiring at Vestas' factories in Colorado
Vestas officials said new contracts will increase production at its blade factory in Windsor, as well as at the blade and nacelle factories in Brighton, and that the company plans to hire hundreds of workers to meet production demands at those Colorado plants.
Denver Post; Dec. 19

Utah releases its list of increasing, declining jobs
Economists at the Utah Department of Workforce Services track data on 600 different jobs to help those seeking employment and students looking for a career path, and the annual list released this week found bioengineering the hot new field in the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 19

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