Rockies Today, May 13



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Water-rights issue snarls Montana town's project
Last Friday, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation put funding for the Conrad/Brady pipeline project, designed to provide Brady residents until the Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Co. (PCCRC) completes a change of use application for the rights to Conrad's municipal water source, which PCCRC now owns.
Great Falls Tribune; May 13

Two Alberta communities evacuated as high winds drive wildfires closer
Wildfires driven by high winds forced the evacuation of Nordbegg and Lodgepole on Sunday, nearly two years to the day that another Alberta wildfire destroyed the town of Slave Lake.
Edmonton Journal; May 13

Sheridan company's oil mine near Thermopolis its second in Wyoming
New Era first tried mining for oil in Wyoming near Greybull, and using lessons learned and the success of that first project, the Sheridan-based company is now mining for oil near Thermopolis.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 13

Investor in Wyoming lithium projects outlines the obstacles
David Miller, a geologist and Wyoming state representative, who is also the first, and so far, the only, entity to file for leases near the lithium find in Sweetwater County, said that development of the resource is an economic longshot right now, given the relatively low concentration of lithium and the depth at which it is found.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 13

On July 1, Idaho agribusinesses will get more protections
Idaho's petting zoos, pumpkin patches and other agritourism sites will get additional protection from claims from visitors when the Idaho Agritourism Promotion Act takes effect July 1.
Idaho Statesman; May 13

Federal, state, local groups work on Utah's Access Wasatch
The Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Forest Service and Federal Highway Administration are working with state and local officials on an environmental impact statement on future transportation issues in central Utah's Wasatch Mountains.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 13

Resort development near Canmore ignites concerns about wildlife
PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.'s proposed development in Alberta near Canmore would be the largest resort development in the history of the Rockies, adding 2,549 residential units, 1,000 resort accommodation units and two hotels with 250 rooms each on 1,111 acres.
Calgary Herald; May 13

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