Rockies Today, June 21

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Thirty U.S. representatives urge Jewell to reform wild-horse policyIn a letter to U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, 29 U.S. House Democrats and one lone Republican urged that the federal government's policy on wild horses be rewritten.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); June 21

BIA approves Cloud Peak Energy's coal agreement with Montana tribe
On Thursday, the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs had approved the tribe's plan to lease 1.4 billion tons of coal on its Montana reservation to the Wyoming company.
Denver Post (AP); June 21

Value gap found in proposed Utah, federal land exchange
Analysts said falling natural-gas prices in the past few years are part of the reason the appraisal of state and federal lands that are part of a proposed exchange between Utah and the federal government indicate that the land swap favors Utah in the amount of $14 million.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 21

Flash floods force evacuation of 100K residents of Alberta cityHeavy rain has caused flash floods in Alberta, including in Calgary, where 100,000 residents have been evacuated from the city.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 21

DRKW says it will begin to build Wyoming coal-gasification plant next yearIn documents filed with the Wyoming Industrial Siting Division on Wednesday, Texas-based DKRW Advanced Fuels said it will begin construction of its $1.75-billion coal gasification plant near Medicine Bow in 2014.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 21

Crews continue to battle wildfires around Colorado
Forecasts for the weather for the next week in Colorado are for temperatures in the 90s, bad news for crews that continue to fight wildfires around the state, although the destructive Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs that killed two people has been fully contained.
Denver Post; June 21

Wildfire forces evacution of town in SW Colorado
The 8,000-acre West Fork Complex fire created by the combination of the West Fork and Windy Pass fires, is threatening South Fork in southwestern Colorado, and the 600 residents of the town were ordered to evacuate by 10 a.m. today.
Denver Post; June 21

Colorado highway project offers lanes for all
U.S. Highway 36, which connects Denver and Boulder, is getting a makeover and what sets the Colorado project apart are options such as bus rapid transit service, an electronic toll system for single-occupant cars, a special fast line for high-occupancy vehicles and bike lanes—all features designed to encourage people to drive less.
New York Times; June 21

Five of Colorado's U.S. representatives voted against Farm Bill
Despite voting dozens of times in support of amendments to the U.S. House's version of the Farm Bill, five of Colorado's seven members of the U.S. House ultimately voted against the bill, with only Republican Reps. Cory Gardner of Yuma and Scott Tipton of Cortez voting in favor of the five-year, half-a-trillion-dollar bill on Thursday.
Denver Post; June 21

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