The Rockies Today, Oct. 13

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National Wildlife Federation wants bison to roam again on Montana refuge
The National Wildlife Federation is leading the charge to return bison to the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, a separate and distinct campaign from that state's plan to move some Yellowstone bison to tribal lands and state wildlife management areas.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 13

Federal appeals court upholds USFS's travel plan in Montana
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision and reinstated the U.S. Forest Service's updated travel plan for 1.1 million acres in the Little Belt, Castle and Crazy mountains, as well as the 81,000-acre Middle Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area in the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 13

NRC approves French company's uranium-enrichment plant in Idaho
Officials of France-based Areva Corp. said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing of its planned $3.2-billion $3.2 billion uranium enrichment plant near Idaho Falls will likely mean construction of the plant will begin next year, although a final decision won't be made until the end of this year.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 13

USFS's mapping campaign to lessen impact of retardant drops
The U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday the 12,000 to 15,000 new maps that show streams and other waterways, as well as areas where sensitive species can be found, will enable the agency to avoid those areas when dropping retardant on fires.
Missoulian; Oct. 13

Idaho water board approves another water recharge 'payment'
Idaho's plan to recharge the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer has been limited by funds available to do so, and last week the state's Water Resource Board approved spending $132,700 to inject 44,245 acre-feet of water back into the Lake-Erie sized aquifer, the second such recharge effort funded this year.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 13

Worker-safety an issue in Wyoming's oil, natural gas fields
Wyoming is working on tougher rules to protect workers in oil and natural gas fields in the state, where 32 workers were killed on drilling rigs between 2001 and 2008, and 25 energy workers were killed in vehicle accidents.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 12

Census data indicate only 3 Colorado counties need dual-language ballots
Information obtained in the 2010 Census indicates that just three counties in Colorado — Costilla, Denver and Rio Grande — must continue to print ballots in both Spanish and English, and seven others that have done so in the past no longer have to do so because the voting-age Latinos in those counties have high literacy rates and speak English well enough that Spanish-language ballots are no longer needed.
Denver Post; Oct. 13

Alberta conference examines opportunities, obstacle in Canada North
At the Canada’s North Beyond 2011 in Edmonton, companies and government officials discussed the obstacles to tapping into the region's vast supplies of natural gas, oil and diamonds.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 13

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