Friday, April 4, 2014

Rockies Today, April 4

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U.S. House panel hears tribes' complaints about land buyback program
Representatives of tribes from Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington state told members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs that the Interior Department is moving too slowly to identify, purchase and return fractionalized lands to tribes using funds from the Cobell settlement.
Flathead Beacon (AP); April 4

USFWS: Copper, silver mine in Montana can co-exist with grizzly bears
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision issued Wednesday that approved Washington-state based Mines Management Inc.'s grizzly-bear mitigation plan for its proposed underground silver-and-copper mine in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area near the Idaho-Montana border is an important step in making the mine a reality, but federal agencies must still issue a final environmental impact statement and record of decision on the project.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 4

Bill to protect Montana's North Fork of Flathead River stalls in Senate
Montana U.S. Sen. John Walsh asked the Senate on Thursday to pass the North Fork Preservation Act by unanimous vote, but three senators objected, and Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, whose companion bill passed in the House a month ago, questioned why Sen. Walsh chose to request a unanimous vote on the bill and did not simply bring it to the floor for a regular vote.
Missoulian; April 4

WorkSafeBC levies largest fine ever for 2012 sawmill blast that killed 2
The widow of one of the workers killed in the 2012 sawmill blast said the nearly $1 million fine levied against Babine Forest Products by WorkSafeBC is too low, while Babine Forest Products officials said they plan to appeal the fine.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 4

Utah county gives BLM a deadline to remove wild horses
The Iron County Commission sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management on March 30 that gave the federal agency until noon today to remove wild horses from lands in the Utah county or the county will do it for the BLM.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 4

Navajo Nation to get $1B of $5.15-billion Anadarko settlement
One-fifth of Anadarko's $5.15-billion settlement to clean up thousands of contaminated sites the company inherited from Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. that Anadarko bought in 2006 will be spent cleaning up abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.
Santa Fe New Mexican (AP); April 4

Idaho to poison ravens in 3 areas to help sage-grouse populations
Ravens pose a threat to sage grouse populations in Idaho because they eat sage grouse eggs, and the state's wildlife agency has obtained permission to remove as many as 4,000 ravens over the next two years by putting out poisoned chicken eggs in three areas of the state where sage grouse numbers are in steep decline: near Idaho National Laboratory in Arco, the Curlew National Grasslands and in Washington County near the Oregon border.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 4

U.S. market conditions raise beef, pork prices in Alberta, Canada
With pork and beef production down in the United States, prices of pork and beef are significantly higher for consumers in Alberta and other areas of Canada.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); April 4

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