Rockies Today, June 4



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Flooding in northcentral Montana prompts calls for assistance
For the third time in four years, flooding has washed out bridges and roads in northcentral Montana, and local governments are seeking assistance to deal with the infrastructure damage.
Great Falls Tribune; June 4

Debate on new national monument in Idaho focuses on size, management
The protection of a portion of the 500,000-acre roadless area in the Boulder and White Cloud mountains in central Idaho has been a goal of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson for decades, and now that the proposal to designate some of the area as a national monument, the debate has turned to how much of it should be designated as such and who should manage the new national monument.
Idaho Statesman; June 4

Mayors of 19 Utah communities press Congress for immigration reform
In a letter sent to Utah U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch on Monday, the mayors of 19 communities in the state said immigration reform was absolutely necessary to keep Utah's economy on track.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 4

Utah ranchers dispute Kane County's claim that roads are public
Kane County is perhaps the busiest in Utah in litigating cases on rights of way under the RS 2477 statute dating back to the 19th century, but two ranchers who are dealing with five segments of roads across their property that the county wants to keep open are seeking to intervene in those cases and get those five stretches of roadways struck from the case.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 28

Wyoming company produces engines to burn natural gas at drill sites
Casper-based Moser Energy Systems has been in business in Wyoming for four decades, but the natural-gas engines it's been producing for just the last couple of years that uses a resource normally just burned off to provide power for well pads are the driving force in the company's current expansion plans.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 2

Evacuations continue for some Colorado residents near Conifer wildfire
The Bluebell Fire, reported in the Conifer area of Colorado on Monday afternoon, is reportedly 15 acres in size, although most of the thousands of residents living in a 4-mile radius of the fire ordered to evacuate have been allowed to return home, with only about 140 residents still evacuated as of Tuesday morning.
Denver Post; June 4

Idaho city struggles to accommodate fast-growing Hispanic population
Hispanics now make up a third of the population in Burley, and the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs said the community desperately needs bilingual employees in agencies and businesses, as well as community leaders and Hispanic foster parents.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 4

Idaho researchers study salmon ear bones to learn of their treks
The ear bones of salmon add a new layer each day, providing a history of each fish much as tree rings provide information about each year's growth, and Brian Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources Department, has been studying salmon ear bones for decades, to track the migratory history of the fish to determine if the fish return to the spawning beds from which they emerged as fry.
Twin Falls Times-News (Lewiston Tribune); June 4

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