Rockies Today, Sept. 10

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Federal judge says he'll rule on Idaho megaload dispute yet this week
On Monday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill heard from lawyers for the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United about their opposition to massive pieces of equipment being trucked across tribal lands and along the Wild and Scenic River Corridor that Highway 12 winds through in Idaho, as well as from lawyers for GE Water and Process Technologies, which has a second 225-foot-long, 640,000-pound water evaporator sitting in Idaho, waiting to make the trip.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 10

Blackfeet tribal member asks energy company exec to come to Montana
Jack Gladstone, a board member of the Blackfeet Headwaters Alliance and enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, has invited Sidney Longwell, who owns Solenex, Inc., which is pressing the federal government to allow it to develop energy leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area in Montana, to visit the Big Sky State to allow Gladstone to show him why the area should be left undeveloped.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 10

Parks Canada pitches plan to return bison back to Banff
On Monday, Parks Canada released its 5-year plan to return 50 bison to the backcountry of Banff National Park, and expand the herd to more visible areas of the Alberta park after that time period.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 10

Federal government submits new plan on salmon, dams in Northwest U.S.
NOAA Fisheries Service submitted its revised, court-ordered biological opinion on how to make 14 hydroelectric dams in the Northwest United States safe for salmon on Monday, and salmon advocates said they could not find any substantial changes in the 751-page plan.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 10

Denver city council members incensed over marijuana give away
Just hours before the Denver City Council was scheduled to vote on regulation of retail sales of recreational marijuana, a group opposing a November initiative on the Colorado ballot to impose a sales tax on recreational marijuana gave away hundreds of marijuana cigarettes at the Denver Civic Center, some of which were smoked on the spot, a clear violation of the law which bans public consumption of marijuana, and city council members are asking why no arrests were made.
Denver Post; Sept. 10

Utah man takes health-care pricing battle online
Information about what hospitals and clinics charge for services, and what insurance companies are willing to pay those institutions for such services, has been fiercely protected, but a frustrated Utahn is working to pierce that veil with his website: pricinghealthcare.com.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 10

University of Colorado seeks new route on funding research
Nearly 80 percent of all research funds for the University of Colorado flows from the federal government, but with sequestration and other federal funding constraints, officials of the university have hired a consulting firm to match work being done at the university with private companies interested in the results of such studies.
Denver Post; Sept. 10

USFWS to crush 6 tons of seized ivory stored in Denver
As part of an international effort to discourage poaching and the illegal ivory trade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in October, will destroy more than six tons of ivory seized at U.S. border crossings, seaports and airports and stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo.
Denver Post; Sept. 10

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