The Rockies Today, Oct. 19



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To protest Montana's bison plan, some landowners lock out hunters
Montana is in the process of drafting a statewide policy on bison, and in March, 64 bison from Yellowstone National Park were transferred to the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana, and six of 15 landowners who had lands enrolled in the Block Management Plan that opens the land up for hunters, have pulled their lands from that program to protest the transfer of the bison.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 19

Mine expansion on Montana reservation exposes ancient bison bed
A bed of bison bones estimated to be 2,000 years old was uncovered last summer by a crew working on a proposed expansion of Westmoreland Resources Inc.'s Absaloka Coal Mine on the Crow Reservation in Montana, and a crew of anthropologists and other experts are headed to the site today to assess the damage caused to the site by the backhoe that excavated it.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 19

Construction begins on wind farm in Montana
Goldwind Global broke ground on Thursday on the Musselshell Wind Project, a 14-turbine wind farm near Shawmut, about 75 miles northwest of Billings.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 19

Utah governor's energy adviser frustrated by federal lands policies
At a meeting with members of the Utah Legislature's Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee, Gov. Gary Herbert's energy adviser, Cody Stewart, said that federal ownership of lands in Utah made his post something of a "farce."
Deseret News; Oct. 19

Proposal for Idaho dam rejected again
The Idaho Department of Water Resources rejected again Twin Lakes Canal Co.'s proposal to build a dam on the Bear River in southeastern Idaho.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 19

Colorado adopts some federal air-quality rules for oil, gas sites
On Thursday, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted to adopt some of the new federal air-quality regulations for oil and gas operations, and said public meetings would be held next year on full implementation of the federal rules.
Denver Post; Oct. 19

Miner says he'll abandon dredging lease in Idaho river
Mike Conklin, the man who received a dredging permit for a half-mile section of the Salmon River from the Idaho State Land Board said Thursday that he has no intention of using the permit as tests indicate there is no gold in that stretch of the river, and said he's informed the State Department of Lands that he intends to abandon the five-year, exclusive lease.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); Oct. 19

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