Rockies Today, May 10

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Montana FWP commission takes testimony on changes to wolf hunt rules
At the meeting Thursday of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, sportsmen's groups spoke in support of an extended hunting season for wolves, as well as allowing hunters and trappers to take up to five wolves per hunting season, and wildlife advocates argued that the changes are too liberal and will give the state a black eye.
Helena Independent Record; May 10

Officials in E. Montana criticize governor's veto of oil, gas impact funds bill
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said House Bill 218, which would have provided $35 million in state funding to communities in the eastern portion of the state where oil and gas development is straining resources and infrastructure, was one of several bills he had to veto because they pushed spending beyond revenue.
Helena Independent Record; May 10

April's snows fail to cure Wyoming's water shortage
Despite one of the snowiest Aprils on record in southeast Wyoming, water levels in reservoirs in that area of Wyoming are still below irrigation needs.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); May 10

Colorado governor gets annual wildfire briefing
After getting his annual wildfire briefing on Thursday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper discussed changes made in state policy after last year's disastrous Lower North Fork wildfire that killed three people and destroyed nearly two dozen homes, including the stationing of some of the state's 32 wildland fighting units in different areas.
Denver Post; May 10

GOP lawmakers ask Colorado governor to veto renewable-energy bill
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has until June 7 to act on Senate Bill 252, which requires rural electric cooperatives to get 20 percent if their power from renewable resources by 2020, and on Thursday, a group of Republican legislators gathered on the Capitol steps to urge the Democratic governor to veto the measure.
Denver Post; May 10

Utah approves incentive to draw Texas software company to state
SolarWinds, the Texas-based software company named "Best Small Company in America" by Forbes Magazine last fall, will use the incentive offered by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, to create hundreds of jobs in the state over the next two decades.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 10

BLM officials ask Montana FWP to talk about bison at resource meeting
At the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Central Montana Resource Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday in Havre, the deputy director of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the state currently has no plans to transfer bison to any locations at this time, although some interest has been expressed in such transfers.
Great Falls Tribune; May 10

Zoo Boise to bring a slice of Mozambique to Idaho
Idaho philanthropist Greg Carr has signed a 20-year contract to help restore the 1.6 million-acre Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, and a planned 2-acre exhibit at Zoo Boise will provide a glimpse of the famed park and help raise $2 million for its restoration.
Idaho Statesman; May 10

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