Rockies Today, Sept. 9



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Tribes in Montana criticize BIA's tardy reimbursement of firefighting funds
Wildland firefighting is one of the best-paying jobs on Montana's reservations, but this year the Blackfeet Wildland Fire Management Office said its crews didn't make it to firelines until six weeks into the season, due in part to the slow response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to requests for reimbursement for funds spent on firefighting.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 9

Coal-export port in Washington state to get state, federal reviews
After Washington state decided to include train traffic and greenhouse gas emissions concerns in its environmental review of a proposed coal-export port in Longview, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to do its own, separate review, although state, federal and local officials will work together on much of the reviews.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Sept. 7

Federal judge in Idaho to hear megaload transport dispute today
A hearing is scheduled this afternoon before a federal judge in Idaho on the lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United against the U.S. Forest Service and Resources Conservation Company International seeking to stop additional oversized shipments of mining equipment through the Idaho tribe's lands and along the Wild and Scenic River Corridor that Highway 12 follows to Montana.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 9

Closure of federal lands in Idaho snarls hunting plans
The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have closed public access to thousands of acres in Idaho burned by this summer's wildfires, and now the state is scrambling to notify hunters that their hunts won't take place as planned.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 7

Search for fishers in Wyoming comes up empty-handed
Biologists' search for fishers, which are considered the rarest mammalian carnivore in the Northern Rockies, came up empty in Wyoming.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 9

Canada's Natural Resources minister to meet with U.S. Energy secretary
Joe Oliver, Canada's Natural Resources minister, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will meet today in Washington, D.C., to discuss their countries' energy relationship, and the Keystone XL pipeline project is on the agenda.; Sept. 9

Colorado congressman warns of battle over West's water resources
At a presentation to Club 20, a Western Slope advocacy organization on Saturday, Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said the U.S. Forest Service's demand that ski resorts turn over water rights to the agency as a condition for their permits to run resorts on federal lands is an example of a growing assault on western water rights.
Denver Post (Grand Junction Sentinel); Sept. 9

Utah wildlife agents move 53 mountain goats
This week, 53 mountain goats from the Tushar Mountains in Utah, began roaming new ground, after wildlife agents last week moved 20 of the goats to the La Sal Mountains in the state, an area that has never before had mountain goats, while 10 joined an existing herd on Mount Nebo, and 23 were trucked to two neighboring states.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 8

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