Friday, May 2, 2014

Rockies Today, May 2

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AccuWeather predits hot, dry summer for Idaho, Montana
The long-range forecast for the Pacific Northwest is for a hot, dry summer, a forecast that stretches across Idaho and most of Montana, while flash floods are predicted in most of Wyoming and Colorado, with much-needed rain predicted in Arizona and New Mexico. Contains a map of the forecast.
Portland Oregonian; May 2

Montana Tech students create bicycle-powered water-treatment system
At Montana Tech's third annual Techxpo Design Showcase Thursday, senior students David Hutchins, Joseph Rowe, Dustin Kaste, Zach Maassen and CJ Kissell demonstrated a water-treatment system that can clean water of sediment and bacteria—and it's powered by a bicycle.
Montana Standard; May 2

Warren Buffett company buys Alberta-based Trans Alta
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, owned by Bershire Hathaway Inc., hopes to close on its purchase of Alberta's largest regulated electricity transmission company, Trans Alta, by the end of the year.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); May 2

BLM warns Utah county commissioner who plans illegal ATV ride
San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is planning an ATV ride on May 10 into Recapture Canyon in southern Utah that is closed to motorized access, and the Bureau of Land Management has warned him that the agency will pursue all civil and criminal penalties available.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 2

Utah Wildlife Board asks BLM to remove wild horses from range
On Thursday, after hearing from commissioners from southern counties in the state, the Utah Wildlife Board officially requested that the Bureau of Land Management remove wild horses from drought-stricken ranges in that area of the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 2

Harsh winter, budget cuts take a bite out of fishing in Wyoming reservoirs
While winterkill of fish in Goldeneye Reservior in Wyoming isn't an unusual event, given the size and depth of the Casper-area reservoir, this year's thick layer of ice combined with low water levels led to the death of nearly all the fish in the reservoir, but this year a lack of funding means that the state Game and Fish Department doesn't have fish to stock the reservoir, nor will there be any fish released in the Little Popo Agie River, the Wind River below Boysen Reservoir, Sweetwater River near the Shoshone National Forest and Jenson and Carr reservoirs.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 2

Oil, gas rush near Colorado city fill hotels, motels with workers
The oil and gas industry is booming in and around Greeley, and with few apartment houses and other rentals available for the influx of energy workers, hotels and motels in the Colorado community are providing housing.
Casper Star-Tribune (Greeley Tribune); May 2

Wyoming will no longer OK drilling permits verbally
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission posted a notice this week on its website that verbal approvals of drilling permits will no longer be issued, although it was unclear how this change will affect operations in the state as it appears that the Commission approved just a few permits verbally a week.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 2

New owner prepares to reopen sawmill in Idaho
Gem Forest Products, LLC, a subsidiary of the Alabama-based biofuel company Greenfuels Energy LLC, plans to hire 40 to 50 workers at the former Emerald Forest Products sawmill in Emmett, with plans to have the Idaho mill in production by late June.
Idaho Statesman; April 29

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