Rockies Today, April 28

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USFS cites budget restraints for closures in national forest in Montana
Bitterroot National Forest officials said the 11-campsite Warm Spring Campground on the Sula District won't open this summer, nor will the Medicine Point Lookout be available for rental due to budget cuts, and hazardous trees will require the temporary closure of the Slate Creek Campground in the Montana forest.
Ravalli Republic; April 28


Montana, Alberta researchers report result of wolverine study
A $1.7-million study begun in 2009 by Parks Canada, the Miistakis Institute in Calgary and the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University to survey the wolverine populations in mountain parks has been completed, with 64 different wolverines identified.
Calgary Herald; April 27

Montana FWP responds to legislative audit by changing access program
A legislative audit of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks block management program that pays landowners for providing public access to their lands to hunters found some areas of concern, and the wildlife agency responded by evaluating each and every contract, limiting renewal terms to just one year, and putting an evaluation process in place for new contracts.
Billings Gazette; April 27


Federal appeals court rules against Utah, county in road fight
A decision handed down Friday by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals supported the federal government's contention that an unimproved stretch of creek bed in Canyonlands National Park was not a road, as San Juan County and Utah both alleged that it was.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 28


Increase of shipments of oil by rail of concern in NW Montana
The rail system that now carries more and more oil trains passes along the boundary of Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana and just feet away from the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, raising concerns about derailments.
Flathead Beacon (Missoulian); April 28


Clean up of radioactive tailings in Utah 42% complete after 5 years
The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action requires the removal of 16 million tons of tailings left behind after decades of uranium milling at the Atlas Mill on the banks of the Colorado River in Utah, and after five years, the $1-billion project is 42 percent complete.
Deseret News; April 28


NW Colorado counties tackle intermittent broadband service
The mountainous topography of Northwest Colorado provides a particular challenge to telecommunications and internet connections, but the companies based in the eight counties in that area of the state say outages are costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments launched a study of the problem last year. First in a series about technology hindrances in Northwest Colorado.
Vail Daily; April 28


Makeshift shooting ranges in S. Alberta anger cattle ranchers
Target shooters are setting up targets around southern Alberta, putting ranchers, their herds and backcountry hikers and riders at risk of stray bullets, but law enforcement officials said there few regulations on firearms in Kananaskis Country, making shutting down such ranges difficult.
Calgary Herald; April 27


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