The Rockies Today, Sept. 25

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Crow Nation kicks off water work in Montana
Some of the $461-million the Crow Nation received under the federal Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which contained $1 billion to settle water rights with a number of tribes, will go to replace the aging 320-mile irrigation system on the Montana reservation, and on Monday, the tribe broke ground on the first phase of project.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 25

Court decision clears way for Credit Suisse to force sale of Idaho resort
After an Idaho judge declined to halt Credit Suisse's foreclosure action against Tamarack Resorts, the Swiss bank can now move forward with the sale of the bankrupt resort.
Denver Post (AP); Sept. 25

Colorado considers new rules on baseline water studies, setbacks for oil wells
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore released a rough draft of proposed regulations the board is considering that includes statewide baseline water monitoring to be done before energy operations commence, and a proposed setback of 750 feet for wellheads from schools, hospitals and other high-occupancy buildings.
Durango Herald; Sept. 25

Residents urge Colorado county to adopt tough rules on hydraulic fracturing
At the Boulder County Planning Commission's meeting on Monday on its proposed regulation of the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, about 20 residents suggested revisions to the regulations, and some urge the Colorado county to ban the method altogether.
Boulder Daily Camera; Sept. 25

Wyoming seeks public comment on plan to increase boat inspections
Keeping zebra and quagga mussels out of Wyoming waters is the objective of Wyoming Game and Fish's proposal to increase boat inspections at the state's borders, and a series of public meetings this week will give the public a chance to comment on the new regulations, with the first meeting tonight in Green River, in Alpine on Wednesday and in Cheyenne on Thursday.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 25

Colorado state fish found only in one stretch of Bear Creek
Anglers who thought they had caught a greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado's state fish, in Rocky Mountain National Park or in other areas, were mistaken, as researchers released a report that said the state fish are found only in a four-mile stretch of Bear Creek southwest of Colorado Springs.
Denver Post; Sept. 25

Smoke helps quell wildfire activity in Montana, Idaho
Crews have been scaled back on the Sawtooth Fire burning west of Hamilton in Montana, and in Idaho, where 1.45 million acres have burned, light rain helped crews on the Mustang Complex.
Missoulian; Sept. 25

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