Rockies Today, Jan. 10

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Montana FWP to take up elk, brucellosis issue at meeting today
At the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting in Helena today, the board will take up its proposed plan to deal with brucellosis in elk.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 10

Supervalu to sell Albertson's, 4 other grocery chains
AB Acquisition, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, has reached a deal with Supervalu to buy five grocery chains, including Albertson's, for $100 million in cash and an assumption of $3.2 billion in debt.
Denver Post; Jan. 10

Using new 'normal', Idaho snowpack levels look good
The Natural Resources and Conservation Service revised its reference point for evaluating water years, changing the review period to 30 years beginning in 1981, which drops five wet years in the 1970s and adds eight dry years in the 2000s, putting Idaho's current snowpack levels above the new "normal."
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 10

Colorado commission hears residents' complaints about oil, gas operations
At the meeting Wednesday of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, members heard from residents of Rifle and other communities about how drilling operations have changed their lives and lands.
Denver Post; Jan. 10

Utah cities make up nearly half of those on list for worst air quality
Of the 15 cities on the American Lung Association's list for having the worst air pollution, seven are in Utah, and three rank high on the list for having high levels of small-particulate pollution.
Deseret News; Jan. 10

Federal settlement ends jobs at mortgage review company in Denver
The federal settlement announced Monday with 10 banks over wrongful foreclosures brought an end to Independent Foreclosure Reviews mandated by federal regulators in 2011, and also ended jobs at mortgage reviewer Promontory Financial Group, where an undisclosed number of employees in Denver were told to pack up their personal belongings and go home this week.
Denver Post; Jan. 10

Federal appeals court sides with Colorado national park on elk, wolves
A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Rocky Mountain National Park's decision to use sharpshooters to reduce elk populations in the Colorado park was the correct one, disappointing WildEarth Guardians, which had challenged the decision because the group believed introducing wolves into the park would have been a better way to keep elk numbers down.
Denver Post; Jan. 10

BLM to launch 3rd wild-horse gather in Utah
The Bureau of Land Management's objective is to remove 314 wild horses from the range near Delta in Utah, with two of the three planned roundups already completed, and the third will begin soon.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 10

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