Federal officials order wildland firefighters to stand down
After 19 wildland firefighters died in an Arizona blaze on Sunday, federal fire officials ordered crews to stand down for a mandatory safety review.
Denver Post; July 2
Experts: Extreme wildfires the 'new normal' in the western U.S.
The climate pattern known as the Pacific decadal oscillation has been drying out the Southwest region of the United States since 1996, and experts believe that the region will continue to get drier and hotter, fueling more fierce wildfires.
New York Times; July 2
Montana county gets emergency funding to deal with Rainbow Family gathering
On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock approved emergency funding for Beaverhead County to help the county deal with the extra expenses due to the Rainbow Family gathering in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest this year in Montana.
Montana Standard; July 2
Search is on in Wyoming for brother of Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall
Randy Udall, a Colorado resident and one of the Rocky Mountain West's experts on energy and climate issues, failed to return last Wednesday as planned from a solo hike in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, and search teams were called out Friday.
Aspen Daily News; July 2
Flood forces Calgary Stampede to move, cancel some events
Calgary Stampede officials have moved some of the offerings of the annual Alberta event to other venues, as repairs to the flood-damaged Saddledome could not be done in time to accommodate them, and some events, such as the horse cutting and the vintage tractor pull are canceled.
CBC.ca; July 2
Enbridge restarts Alberta pipeline shut down by high water
After a pipeline that shares the same corridor as Enbridge's Wood Buffalo pipeline between Fort McMurray and Cheecham began leaking during recent high water, the Wood Buffalo pipeline was shut down, but company officials announced today that the Wood Buffalo pipeline had been restarted, although at reduced pressure.
ipolitics.ca (Canadian Press); July 2
Lack of signage at Utah hatchery allows anglers to hook muskies
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resource's plan to grow its tiger muskie fishing industry took a hit over the past six weeks when as many as 100 true muskies were caught by anglers at the Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education in west Salt Lake City, although technically no rules were broken as the state has no regulations for true muskies and there were no signs warning anglers not to fish.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 2
Survey finds economic benefits of B.C. farmers' markets up 147% in 7 years
A survey done by the B.C. Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) and David Connell, a professor in the School of Environmental Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia, found that, in 2012, farmers' markets generated $170 million in economic benefit, up 147 percent from that reported by the markets in 2006, and that the number of such markets across the province increased 62 percent in the same time period.
Vancouver Sun; July 2
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