Friday, February 14, 2014

Rockies Today, Feb. 14

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ADF announces $6M expansion in Montana
Canada-based ADF International already employs 70 people at its fabrication plant in Great Falls, and it will add dozens more when it completes construction of a 42,000-square-foot paint shop adjacent to its existing plant in the Montana city.
Great Falls Tribune; Feb. 14

Montana wildlife commission OKs changes to elk plan in Paradise Valley
At its meeting in Helena on Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission heard from Paradise Valley ranchers who seek a longer hunting season to move, or keep, elk off their lands to help stop the spread of brucellosis from elk to cattle, and the commission agreed to take comments on the landowners' proposal through March 21 and take the proposals up in their April 10 meeting.
Billings Gazette; Feb. 14

Expanded bison hunt in Montana gets conditional approval
The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission voted Thursday to increase the quota of the bison hunt from 150 to 200, contingent on the outcome of a pending study of whether the state should expand the area north of Yellowstone National Park on which bison from the park can roam.
Billings Gazette (AP); Feb. 14

Colorado appeals court dismisses lawsuit on inbound avalanche death
On Thursday, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that an avalanche within the boundaries of a ski resort is an inherent risk of skiing, and dismissed a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who was killed by an avalanche while skiing inbounds at Winter Park in 2012.
Denver Post; Feb. 14

Avalanche warnings issued for areas of Northwest Montana
Warming temperatures, high winds and new snow have created unstable snow conditions in the Whitefish, Swan and Flathead ranges and portions of Glacier National Park in Montana, and the Flathead Avalanche Center issued an advisory warning of high avalanche danger in those areas.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 14

Study: Methane leaks during production cancels benefits of natural gas
A study done by scientists at Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the benefits of natural-gas powered vehicles found that the methane produced and released into the atmosphere cancels out any benefits of using the cleaner fuel in vehicles.
New York Times; Feb. 14

Value of gas reserves in Colorado's Thompson Divide in dispute
A report from a consultant hired by the Carbondale-based Thompson Divide Coalition said that production costs of tapping into the gas reserves in the Colorado area would outweigh the revenue of doing so, a finding with which one of the two companies seeking leases to drill for natural gas there, Denver-based Ursa Operating Co. LLC, disagrees, and Ursa officials took particular umbrage at the phrase "...would leave lasting visual scars on a pristine landscape," contained in the report, as they contend an engineering assessment would not use such language.
Aspen Times; Feb. 14

EPA agrees to stay Wyoming reservation boundary decision
The Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes and the state of Wyoming all asked that the Environmental Protection Agency put its ruling that Riverton is within the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation on hold, and on Thursday, the federal agency did just that.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 14

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