The Rockies Today, March 20



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Yellowstone bison shipped to Fort Peck Reservation in Montana
On Monday, Montana officials moved 64 bison from Yellowstone National Park that had been held in quarantine for years to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, putting in motion a long-contested plan to repopulate herds on reservations with the genetically pure bison, and opponents to the plan quickly sought a temporary restraining order.Christian Science Monitor (AP); March 20

Montana governor, GOP gubernatorial candidates spar over energy work
Gov. Brian Schweitzer touted the Montana State Land Board's sale of energy leases on 273 tracts as evidence that the Big Sky State's tax structure wasn't hindering energy development as Republican gubernatorial candidates claim.
Helena Independent Record (AP); March 20

Rocky Mountain Elk offers Montana $50K to help kill more wolves
The Missoula-based Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is offering Montana $50,000 to use to hire the federal Wildlife Services agency to remove more wolves in the state, and said the foundation would also like to see fewer grizzly bears, black bears and coyotes in the state that are taking a toll on elk herds.
Missoulian; March 20

No-show winter complicates ozone study in Utah
The $5.5-million study of high ozone levels during the winter in two Utah counties is thought to be the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the state, and researchers are roaming the Uinta Basin with a specialized van collecting air samples in an effort to answer some questions about the seasonal pollution.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 18

Colorado study finds high level of air pollution near drilling sites
Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health analyzed three years of data collected by Garfield County around Battlement Mesa and found levels of volatile organic chemicals that were five times higher than federal standards, adding to a growing number of studies that track the effects of hydraulic fracturing and other energy development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Denver Post; March 20

Analysis finds gender-gap in pay in Idaho governor's administration
Idaho Agriculture Director Celia Gould has held that post since 2007, oversees 259 employees and was hired on at a salary that was 0.7 percent higher than her predecessor, while Commerce Director Jeffrey Sayer has been in the Otter administration since October, oversees 53 employees and makes 66 percent more than his predecessor, and makes $38,397 a year more than Gould.
Idaho Statesman; March 20

Utah co-housing community reinvents the village
Wasatch Commons is a co-housing community built on five acres in Salt Lake City, is socially structured somewhere between a commune and an involved homeowners' association, offering a communal common house but homes and incomes are private.
Deseret News; March 20

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