Rockies Today, May 8

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Montana groups sue FWP to stop elk hunt, fencing plan
Two Montana Sportsmen's groups have filed a lawsuit against the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks and its commission to halt a late-spring elk hunt and a fencing plan designed to limit the movement of elk to stop the spread of brucellosis.
Billings Gazette; May 8

BLM halts planned Montana land exchange with Texas brothers
After considerable opposition was voiced to a proposed land exchange in central Montana between the federal Bureau of Land Management and Texas businessmen and brothers Dan and Farris Wilks, BLM officials announced the exchange as originally proposed was off, and the Wilks brothers, who had previously announced they would reopen public access to a portion of Bullwhacker Road closed by a 2011 court order, said that they would not reopen access on that road.
Great Falls Tribune; May 8

U.S. issues emergency order on oil trains, older tank cars
On Wednesday, the U.S. Transportation Department ordered that railroads must now inform state safety officials about the movement of trains carrying more than 100 million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and Canada, which is roughly 35 tanker cars, and the agency urged the quick retirement of older tanker cars that are at risk of rupturing during derailments.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 8

BLM wrangler threatened on Juab County highway in Utah
Bureau of Land Management employees are removing identifying decals from their vehicles after an incident in Utah where a BLM wrangler was threatened by two unidentified men that pulled up alongside the BLM vehicle, flashed a sign that said "You need to die," and one of the men flashed a handgun.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 8

Data captured in Colorado say emissions from drilling higher than estimated
A study done at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science used data captured by airplanes flying over oil and gas drilling operations north of Denver in Colorado in 2012 found that three times more methane was released by those operations than originally estimated.
Denver Post; May 8

Maps track businesses in B.C., Alberta using temporary foreign workers
The website NTFW.ca tracks businesses in Alberta and British Columbia that successfully applied to hire temporary foreign workers through 2012, with food service companies in three urban areas of those provinces hiring the majority of such workers, discounting claims that the federal program is needed to supplement the workforce in remote and rural areas for resource-based employment.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); May 8

USFWS changes status of mountain caribou in Idaho, Washington
In response to public comments on the listing of a small herd of mountain woodland caribou in the Idaho Panhandle and northeastern Washington state, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded the species' status from endangered to threatened, a decision claimed as a victory by both environmental groups and Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (AP); May 8

Run-of-river-hydropower projects in NW B.C. near production
There are $1-billion worth of run-of-river hydropower production projects nearly ready to go online in northwest British Columbia that will produce enough power for a large industrial complex or 100,000 homes.
Vancouver Sun; May 8

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