Rockies Today, June 27



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Grizzly bear numbers on the rise in Montana's Beartooth Mountains
Shawn Stewart, the wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Red Lodge, said in each of the past three years, sightings of grizzly bears in the Beartooth Mountains have doubled.
Billings Gazette; June 27

Pickens urges Western governors to join his energy campaign
T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman who now leads BP Capital, a hedge fund that trades in energy commodities, will be the keynote speaker at the Western Governors Association's annual meeting that begins Friday in Park City, Utah, and Pickens plans to ask governors to endorse the "Pickens Plan," a five-year quest to end the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 27

Investigators close in on origin of fatal Colorado wildfire
An investigation into the origin of the Black Forest Fire that killed two people this month in Colorado has ruled out lightning as the cause of the fire, although investigators cannot divulge more information at this time. Contains an update on the wildfires burning elsewhere in the state.
Denver Post; June 27

Evacuations ordered in Calgary as rail bridge with cars on it collapsing
A railroad bridge across the Bow River in southeast Calgary is slowly collapsing, and evacuations were ordered near there as five Canadian Pacific rail cars with petroleum products were being carried down toward the river with the falling bridge.
Calgary Herald; June 27

Leak forces KinderMorgan to again shut down Alberta-B.C. pipeline
KinderMorgan's Trans Mountain pipeline that carries petroleum products from Alberta through southern British Columbia has again been shut down by a leak, with the latest incident occurring near Hope, B.C.
Vancouver Sun; June 27

Trans-Canada Highway open again from coast-to-coast
Flooding in Alberta shut down the Trans-Canada Highway for nearly a week, but the coast-to-coast highway is again open, although traffic will be going slow near Banff and Canmore.
Edmonton Journal; June 27

President's climate change plan includes watershed work
Under President Obama's climate adaptation policies, work will be done in watersheds to remove excess vegetation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will establish seven new "Regional Climate Hubs" to provide advice to farmers, ranchers and other land managers.
Idaho Statesman; June 27

Companies on quest to make Canadian oil cleaner, greener
President Obama's stance that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built if the project didn't increase greenhouse-gas emissions is a message that companies operating in Canada's oilsands have already taken to heart, as they work to find ways to make the process cleaner and more environmentally friendly.
New York Times; June 27

Tax credit paves the way for Utah refinery project to move ahead
The $225-million refinery proposed by Emery Refining in Green River will be the first refinery built in the U.S. since 1976, and with a post-performance $12.7-million tax incentive from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development in hand, construction is expected to begin this summer.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 27

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