Rockies Today, Sept. 12



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Elk Foundation's buy secures public access to Montana national forest
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation purchased a 40-acre parcel of land that will ease access to 18,000 acres the Snowy Mountains, with plans to offer the $190,000 Red Hill property to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for $50,000.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 12

Study indicates number of eagles killed by wind farms increasing
Research done by federal biologists found that at least 85 golden and bald eagles have been killed by wind farms in 10 states since 1997, with most of those deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012, when wind farms were expanding.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Sept. 12

Wildlife refuge in Montana deemed too dry for waterfowl hunting
Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northcentral Montana received almost no spring runoff this year, and federal officials said it's too dry for waterfowl season this year, although some upland game bird hunting will be allowed.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 12

Colorado laboratory allows testing of electricity integration
The $135-million Energy Systems Integration Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder officially opened on Wednesday, and Fort Collins-based Advanced Energy's 1-megawatt solar-energy inverter will test the Colorado center, which was built to analyze how renewable and distributed energy sources and electric vehicles will affect the nation's power grid.
Denver Post; Sept. 12

Three die in flash floods in Colorado
Flash floods have washed away multiple structures in Jamestown and Fourmile Canyon in Colorado's Boulder County, and one person was killed when a building collapsed in Jamestown, another body has been found near Boulder and the Colorado Springs Fire Department reports one death in flash flooding in that part of the state.
Denver Post; Sept. 12

Wyoming national forest adds 37 acres for $980,000
The Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming has worked for nearly two decades to obtain a 37-acre parcel that provides public access to the Gros Ventre Wilderness and provides big game winter range, and with $980,000 from the federal Land and Conservation Fund, the U.S. Forest Service purchased the parcel from the Jackson Hole Land Trust, which has held it since 1997.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 12

Utah approves plan to clean up Wasatch Front's air
On Wednesday, the Utah Air Quality Board released its draft plan to clean up the air along the Wasatch Front, where several communities have fallen out of compliance with federal standards for fine particulate, and will take public comment on the draft plan for the next 30 days.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 12

Orem mayor takes Taiwanese bicycle makers on 420-mile tour of Utah
Taiwanese bicycle manufacturers are interested in opening a distribution center in North America, and Orem Mayor Mike Caldwell is taking top officials from 16 of those companies on a 420-mile ride around Utah to show them the best the Beehive State has to offer.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 12

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