Rockies Today, June 26

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Montanans interpret President Obama's Keystone XL pipeline comment differently
On Tuesday, President Obama announced his plans to address climate change that includes putting new limits on power plant emissions, building renewable-energy generation projects on federal lands and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project only if "...this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," a statement that Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said was a clear indication that the project would not be built, but U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said it was an indication that it would.
Great Falls Tribune; June 26

Federal judge blocks more timber sales in Montana over lynx
Since May, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen has blocked four timber sales in two national forests because the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not adequately address how those projects would affect threatened Canada lynx.
Flathead Beacon (AP); June 26

West Fork Complex fire in Colorado dodges containment for another day
The West Fork Complex fire in southwestern Colorado has burned across 81,000 acres and remains zero percent contained, but on Tuesday, some of the residents evacuated five days ago from South Fork were allowed to return home briefly to grab important papers, medications and other items for what could be an extended evacuation.
Denver Post; June 26

Rebuilding underway in Colorado subdivision burned by Waldo Canyon fire
The Waldo Canyon Fire burned 347 homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs last year, and a year later, 200 of those homes have been rebuilt or are in the process of being rebuilt.
Denver Post; June 26

Alberta government criticized for not implementing flood policies
The Alberta government is being criticized for not implementing policies called for in a report written in 2005 after southern Alberta flooded that would have curbed development in in inappropriate areas by banning disaster recovery payments in those areas.
Calgary Herald; June 26

Economists predict Alberta floods will shave Canada's GDP
The worst flooding in Alberta's history has shuttered businesses, shut down pipelines and affected farms and ranches, and economists at CIBC World Markets predicted it would shave the nation's gross domestic product, predicted to grow 2 percent in the third quarter, to just 1 percent growth.
Toronto Financial Post; June 26

Livestock depredation by wolves in south-central Idaho on the rise
Last year was a rough one for ranchers and wolves in Idaho, where 90 cattle and 251 sheep were killed by wolves, and 403 wolves were killed in the state, 330 by hunters and 73 were taken by the state.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 26

Survey ranks Intermountain West communities on 'walkability'
The Sonoran Institute studied housing data and the results of a survey of residents in Boise and Teton Valley in Idaho; Carbondale, Eagle and Buena Vista in Colorado, and Bozeman, Mont., and found that, while Boiseans were the most likely to pay more to have 'walkable' communities, that Idaho city had the fewest number of such neighborhoods.
Idaho Statesman; June 26

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