The Rockies Today, May 11



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Montana judge to hear case challenging use of helicopters to haze bison
On Wednesday, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies asked federal District Court Judge Charles C. Lovell to temporarily halt the use of helicopters to round up bison that had wandered from Yellowstone National Park west into grizzly bear habitat in Montana, and the judge said he'll hear from both sides on Monday.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 11

Montana FWP gives preliminary approval to wolf-hunt changes
At a meeting on Thursday in Helena, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners stressed that the changes to wolf-hunt regulations, which includes allowing trapping wolves, are preliminary and that changes could be made after the 60-day public comment period closes.
Helena Independent Record; May 11

Grizzly bear's wanderings near Banff in Alberta root out attractants
A healthy male grizzly bear that was radio collared in April by researchers to track bear activity in Banff National Park in Alberta has already provided some interesting findings, such as the biosolids waste pit near Castle Rock has some tasty tidbits for bears and that Canadian Pacific Railway had some grain spills along its tracks to clean up.
Calgary Herald; May 11

BC Hydro takes hydroelectric plants offline due to power glut
With precipitation in Oregon at 172 percent of average and in British Columbia at 131 percent of average, hydroelectric power is cheap, with Bonneville Power Administration practically paying other utilities to buy surplus power, and BC Hydro, which is required by law to buy power from independent producers, has taken its hydroelectric plants offline as there is no market for the power.
Vancouver Sun; May 11

Utah offers $36M in tax incentives to 4 companies to create more jobs
On Thursday, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development board approved $32.3 million in tax incentives to Xactware Solutions Inc. to increase the number of employees the Orem-based software maker has by 860 over the next 20 years; a provider of speciality mining equipment, FLSmidth, was offered $2.9 million to add employees in Utah; and Peterbilt of Utah and Schiff Nutrition were offered $518,000 and $300,000, respectively, to expand their operations.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 11

Molybdenum mine in Colorado again in production
The historic Climax mine in Colorado near Leadville is back in operation, producing its first batch of molybdenum concentrate in 17 years.
Denver Post; May 11

Bureau of Land Management Director Abbey to step down May 31
Bob Abbey, who has served as the Bureau of Land Management's director since 2009, announced that he would retire at the end of this month.
Idaho Statesman (AP); May 11

Contaminated plume from Colorado refinery threatens wastewater plant work
In order to meet federal water-quality requirements in 2015, the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant is working on a $211-million upgrade, work that is being threatened by a plume of contamination from Suncor Energy's oil refinery in Commerce City, and Colorado officials have ordered Suncor to do more to contain the contamination and find the source of the plume.
Denver Post; May 11

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