The Rockies Today, April 26

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Montana sets slate of May meetings on bison-management plan
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold eight meetings to gather public input on a long-term bison-management plan for the state, with the first held on May 14 in Missoula; May 15 in Kalispell; May 16 in Glasgow; May 17 in Helena; May 21 in Billings; May 22 in Miles City; May 23 in Great Falls; and May 24 in Bozeman.
Helena Independent Record; April 26

NPS approves comprehensive plan for Yellowstone National Park
Changes will be made to the Fishing Bridge and Bridge Bay areas of Yellowstone National Park in the comprehensive plan approved by the National Park Service on Tuesday.
Billings Gazette; April 26

Judge tells Idaho Public TV: Snake River dams need to go
U.S. District Court Judge James Redden presided over a decade of litigation over dams on the Columbia River system between hydropower supporters and salmon advocates before stepping down last fall, and in a documentary being filmed by Idaho Public Television, Redden said he believed the four dams on the lower Snake River should be removed.
Seattle Times; April 26

Wyoming sets quota of 52 wolves for fall hunting season
Wyoming's wolf-management plan is still awaiting federal approval, but the state Game and Fish Commission moved forward on Wednesday to approve a wolf hunt this fall with a quota of 52 wolves.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle (AP); April 26

Tribe, WildEarth Guardians threaten lawsuit on Utah coal-fired power plant
WildEarth Guardians and the Ute Tribe in Utah's Uinta Basin put Deseret Power on notice that if it does not the ongoing 35,000 federal Clean Air Act violations at its Bonanza coal-fired power plant, they will sue the company to force it to take action.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 26

Colorado, groups seek water to keep rivers, streams flowing
Drought concerns are increasing in Colorado, where snowpack levels are at 39 percent of average, and Denver Water already imposed Stage 1 drought" measures, prompting state and conservation groups to lobby farmers and ranchers to temporarily lease their agricultural water to keep rivers and streams flowing at healthy levels, but agricultural leaders said water for environmental purposes might be hard to come by.
Denver Post; April 26

Work under way to cap blown out natural gas well in Wyoming
About 50 residents who live near Chesapeake Energy's natural gas well that blew out on Tuesday in Wyoming near Douglas have evacuated their homes, and late Wednesday, a well-control outfit from Texas named Boots & Coots had a crew on site.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 26

Colorado AG resists GOP legislators' push for wildfire compensation panel
Republican legislators proposed establishing a special Lower North Fork Fire commission to review the wildfire and consider compensation requests from victims, but Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said the state has a procedure in place to handle claims against the state and those seeking redress should use that system.
Denver Post; April 26

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