Rockies Today, May 3

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U.S. study finds complex stew of causes in loss of honeybees
Pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition and a lack of genetic diversity were all cited as reasons for the loss of honeybees in the United States in a federal report released Thursday.
New York Times; May 3

Laboratories in Idaho, Washington, Alaska step up testing for salmon virus
Alexandra Morton has warned for years that infectious salmon anemia is a threat to wild Pacific salmon, and the Canadian biologist said she bought a farmed salmon with the virus last year, but scientists and government testing groups in Canada and the United States said they've not been able to find the virus, but testing has been stepped up in the U.S., with samples shipped to laboratories in Idaho, Washington and Alaska for testing for the disease.
New York Times; May 3

Colorado gun accessories manufacturer makes move to Wyoming
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Thursday that Colorado-based HiViz Shooting Systems, which manufactures accessories for firearms in Fort Collins, will move its operations to Laramie, where the company plans to build a new plant.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 3

BLM launches court-ordered review of Wyoming-Oregon pipeline
After a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management's initial review of the Ruby Pipeline project, which will carry natural gas through Wyoming, northern Utah and northern Nevada and southern Oregon, failed to adequately assess the project's effect on rare fish in waterways along those routes, the BLM has begun again to assess the pipeline project.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); May 3

Wyoming governor tells USFS state won't return $200K
After the U.S. Forest Service asked 41 states to return $17.9 million in timber payments to rural counties because the payments were made before sequestration hit, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead joined Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell in declining to return that money.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 3

Plant found in Montana's Scapegoat Wilderness a new species
Pete Lesica and Dave Hanna discovered a new species of Indian paintbrush during a hike deep in Montana's Scapegoat Wilderness, and the species has now been formally named Castilleja kerryana.
Ravalli Republic (Helena Independent Record); May 3

Colorado's largest power provider, solar industry agree on incentive deal
The popularity of Xcel Energy's solar-incentive program led to Colorado's largest electricity provider to hammer out an agreement with the solar industry to expand that program threefold.
Denver Post; May 3

Kennecott Utah Copper tells unions layoffs coming at Bingham Canyon Mine
The massive landslide that occurred April 10 at the Bingham Canyon Mine will mean some employees will be laid off, although Kennecott Utah Copper officials declined to cite how many of the mine's 2,100 employees will lose their jobs later this month.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 3

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