Rockies Today, Dec. 5

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Future hunting season on agenda of grizzly bear meeting in Montana
When the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meets in Missoula next week, members will discuss the potential of allowing a limited grizzly bear hunt in areas of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Dec. 5

Groups ask Montana FWP to extend comment period on Milk River Ranch buy
The Montana Sportsmen Alliance and the Public Land/Water Access Association are asking the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission to extend the comment period on the proposal to buy the Milk River Ranch near Havre until Feb. 1, 2013.
Helena Independent Record; Dec. 5

BuRec to do study on piping Missouri River water to Colorado
Among the myriad suggestions submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on ways to deal with western states' overuse of Colorado River water is a proposal to build a pipeline to carry Missouri River water to Colorado's Front Range, and BuRec officials said that the "Missouri River Reuse Project" will be one of the suggestions evaluated.
Denver Post; Dec. 5

Western Slope groups want to buy unallocated water in Colorado reservoir
The Colorado River District is leading the effort for 18 Western Slope interests to buy the 19,585 acre-feet of annual water in the Ruedi Reservoir that is currently unallocated.
Aspen Times; Dec. 5

Colorado billionaire, USFWS announce 90,000-acre conservation easement
On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Louis Bacon announced a deal that will protect an additional 90,000 acres on the east side of the San Luis Valley in Colorado, bringing the total of land protected in that area to 166,000 acres, and adding to the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area between Colorado and New Mexico, which is becoming one of the world's longest protected wildlife corridors.
Denver Post; Dec. 5

Logging plan in S. Alberta raise concerns about bull trout
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development's approval of a plan to allow Spray Lakes Sawmills to log 140 acres of forest in Southern Alberta this winter is being challenged by conservation groups as the logging will occur near Hidden Creek, a tributary stream to the Oldman River, which has both bull trout, listed as an at-risk species on Monday by the Canadian government, and imperiled westslope cutthroat trout.
Calgary Herald; Dec. 5

Hundreds attend Spokane hearing on proposed coal ports
At a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Spokane convened by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington State Department of Ecology and the Whatcom County Council held to identify issues to be studied as part of an environmental assessment of building a port near Birch Bay to export coal to Asia, hundreds of people appeared to show their support or opposition to the proposal.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Dec. 5

Report from Idaho panel recommends revision of 1995 nuclear agreement
The Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission, a task force appointed by Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, delivered its 52-page report on the future of the nuclear industry in Idaho on Monday that contained a recommendation that the 1995 nuclear waste cleanup agreement with the federal government may have to be tweaked.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 5

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