110 Montanans sign up for wolf trapping classes
Just hours after Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks began taking names of people interested in taking the classes necessary to get certified to participate in the state's first wolf trapping season, 110 people had signed up.
Ravalli Republic; July 20
Vail Resorts first to submit summer-use plan under new federal law
Vail Resorts' plan for Vail Mountain in Colorado is the first to be submitted under the Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Enhancement Act signed into law last year.
Vail Daily; July 20
Colorado Roadless Rule benefits Aspen Skiing Co.
The Colorado Roadless Rule approved by the U.S. Forest Service on July 3 removed all inventoried roadless acres within ski area boundaries from the roadless inventory, an exemption that will clear a hurdle for Aspen Skiing Co.'s plan to expand skiing on Burnt Mountain.
Aspen Times; July 20
NRC begins work on updating national regulations
A Tooele County repository operated by EnergySolutions Inc. contains nearly all the low-level nuclear waste in the United States, making Utah one of the largest stakeholders in the debate over handling nuclear waste, and a number of Utahns are in Washington, D.C., this week, where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun working on updating its rules on such radioactive waste.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 20
B.C. Hydro deals with historic water levels
Water levels in B.C. Hydro's reservoirs in interior and northern B.C. are at historic levels, and with more rain in the forecast, water managers are struggling to manage the water and not release too much downstream where communities are already dealing with some flooding.
Vancouver Sun; July 20
USDA adds 2 Wyoming counties to natural disaster drought declaration
On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expanded the list of counties across the nation eligible for federal aid due to drought, including two more in Wyoming, bringing the total number of drought-affected counties in the Cowboy State to 16.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 20
Colorado crops, dried up by drought, now under attack by pests
Colorado farmers are weighing whether to spend the money to spray corn crops already withered by drought with pesticide to fend off attacks by voracious grasshoppers, Western corn root worm and spider mites.
Denver Post; July 20
Virus found in farmed salmon discovered in freshwater fish in B.C. lake
A team of researchers discovered piscine reovirus, PRV, a virus that has been linked to the death of farmed salmon, in cutthroat trout in Cultus Lake in British Columbia, but the scientific community is divided on the discovery, with Rick Routledge, a Simon Fraser University fish-population statistician, calling the discovery a grave concern, and Gary Marty, fish pathologist at B.C.'s Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, saying it's not a big deal, given that the fish in which the virus was discovered were alive.
Vancouver Sun; July 20
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