Rockies Today, Aug. 29

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Montana, Idaho, Wyoming researchers part of Colorado River dam study
Montana State University professor Wyatt Cross, University of Wyoming professor Bob Hall and researchers from Idaho State University were part of a three-year study on the Colorado River, where they tracked aquatic life and how that life changed from where Glen Canyon Dam dumped water into the river and along the miles away from the dam.
Billings Gazette; Aug. 29

Annual count in Yellowstone National Park finds 4,600 bison
The 4,600 bison counted during Yellowstone National Park's annual summer count is about 9 percent higher than the 4,200 found last year, but still just a bit under the 5,000 reported in 2005.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Aug. 29

Three Montanans nominated for prestigious wildlife conservation award
On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Zoo announced the names of 39 nominees under consideration for its biennial Indianapolis Prize, which is awarded for international wildlife conservation work, with three Montanans making the list: Montana state Sen. Michael Phillips was chosen for his work with wolves and bison; Montana State University professor Joel Berger for his research on ungulates and wildlife migration corridors; and ornithologist Denver Holt, the founder of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, who worked last year with Polar Bears International in Canada researching climate change and snowy owls.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Aug. 29

Montana FWP asks DEQ for more study on proposed copper mine
The public comment period on the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's preliminary approval of Tintina Alaska Exploration's request to explore for copper deposits near White Sulphur Springs closed Tuesday, and among the 4,430 responses filed to that plan was one from the state's Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, which requested additional review of the proposal due to its concerns about dewatering, and in particular, reduced flows in Sheep Creek.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 29

Wolf hunting season opens Friday in Idaho
The 2013-2014 wolf hunting season in Idaho begins Friday, Aug. 30, and runs through March 31 in all areas, except in the Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork zones ad in an area of Unit 16 in the Dworshak-Elk City Zone north of the Selway River, where the season runs through the end of June.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 29

BLM leases propel Colorado valley's solar industry
There are already four solar-power farms in Alamosa County in the San Luis Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management's plan to auction two parcels in the Colorado valley for solar power installations on Oct. 24 is an indication of the valley's growing solar industry.
Alamosa Valley Courier; Aug. 29

Utah cities mirror trend of falling unemployment in U.S. metro areas
The U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday that unemployment fell in 239 of the nation's 372 largest cities in July, including Salt Lake City, Logan, Provo-Orem, Ogden-Clearfield and St. George in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 29

President Obama issues 2 new executive orders on gun control
On Thursday, President Obama issued an executive order that blocks the sale of military weapons to private entities and another that closes a loophole that allowed private individuals who might not be able to register a gun to register weapons under the name of a corporation or a trust.
Portland Oregonian (AP); Aug. 29

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