The Rockies Today, Nov. 22

Posted by Mountain West News on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

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Former USFS chief puts agroforestry back into practice in Montana
Agroforestry, which incorporates trees into agriculture, either by alternating crops with trees or growing crops under trees, is making a comeback, having been used extensively in the Dust Bowl era in the United States, and on a two-acre plot on a forested hill near Helena, Mont., Marc and Gloria Flora, the former supervisor for the United States Forest Service, are growing apple, pear, black walnut and other trees under towering fir and pine, and below the smaller trees, a wide range of shrubs, vines and medicinal plants.
New York Times; Nov. 22

U.N. report: Greenhouse gases at record levels
The United Nations weather agency's report released Monday said that levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are soaring, and that since 1990, those greenhouses gases and other heat-trapping emissions have increased 29 percent.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Nov. 22

Colorado PUC approves Xcel's contract for more wind power
Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest utility, won approval from the state Public Utilities Commission to add 200 megawatts of wind power to its portfolio to take advantage of a low rate offered by NextEra Energy from its second phase of a wind farm near Limon.
Denver Post; Nov. 22

Montana county raises concerns about pipeline under Clark Fork River
Last year's high water made dramatic changes in the flow of the Clark Fork River in Missoula County, and washed away most of the six feet of cover atop the Yellowstone Pipeline where it crosses under that river between Milltown and Turah, and the Montana county's commission have asked Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator Chris Hoidal to require Conoco Phillips to build a deeper underground passage for the pipeline and to install new safety valves at the river crossing.
Missoulian; Nov. 22

Demands for water circling the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming
Colorado's water dilemma follows the spine of the Rocky Mountains, with most of the rain and snow falling on the west side of the mountains and most of the population growth occurring on the eastern side of the range, and Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million wants to pipe Green River water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Wyoming-Utah border to those cities, and a group of Colorado cities are pitching their own plan to do so.
WyoFile.com; Nov. 22

Idaho county, landowners discuss airport relocation options
Two of the four potential sites to relocate the J.R. "Jack" Simplot Airport in Burley lie within Minidoka County, and on Monday, the Idaho county's commissioners met with landowners whose property would be affected by the airport's relocation.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 22

Weekend drilling riles up surprised residents of Colorado city
Residents of Commerce City were surprised this weekend when a drilling rig began hydraulic fracturing on a well site near the Reunion subdivision the Colorado city, and city officials demanded to know why Adams County didn't alert the city that drilling was to begin; residents and city officials also plan to attend the Dec. 5 meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to lobby for disclosure of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
Denver Post; Nov. 22

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