The Rockies Today, Jan. 24



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'Major hiccup' stalls fish restoration project on Montana's Sun River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ordered work on the $445,000 Rocky Reef Spring Creek project on a stretch of the Sun River in Montana near Fort Shaw, because the work done resulted in the loss of wetlands, which was counter to the goal of the project.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 24

USFS national review find fees charged in Colorado in line with policy
The U.S. Forest Service reviewed each of the 96 sites across the nation where the agency charges a fee to ensure those areas met the requirements of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, including the Maroon Bells area in Colorado near Aspen, and the review found that the area did meet the requirements and that the fee was in line with federal policy.
Aspen Times; Jan. 24

Idaho governor meets with Lucky Friday miners, offers support
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter met with the miners and their families in Wallace to discuss the yearlong closure of the Lucky Friday Mine, and agreed to ask the Mine Safety and Health Administration to further explain its reasons for shutting the mine down.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 24

Utah approves water rights for nuclear-power plant in Green River
Opponents to the proposed nuclear power plant in Green River said Utah lost its only chance to deny the project when the Utah State Engineer Kent Jones approved the plant's use of 53,600 acre-feet per year owned by Kane County and San Juan County water conservancy districts for its operations.
Deseret News; Jan. 22

Report issued on Nov. 8 incident at Idaho National Laboratory
An independent board for the U.S. Department of Energy compiled a report on the Nov. 8 incident at the Idaho National Laboratory that exposed 16 workers to radioactive material, and found fault at every level of management for the incident.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 24

U.S., German scientists: Wyoming soils hold clues of ancient 'fever event'
Scientists from the United States and Germany are studying the soils from Wyoming's Big Horn Basin to see if they can determine what caused a sudden surge of carbon dioxide 56 million years ago that dramatically changed life on Earth, and to see if a buildup of carbon dioxide in the future could trigger a similar event.
Casper Star-Tribune (Billings Gazette); Jan. 24

UM study links decline of songbird populations in Arizona to climate change
Two scientists at the University of Montana recently published the results of their six-year study of songbirds in the mountains of Northern Arizona that found a decline in deciduous trees in the area due to a decrease in snowpack also affected songbird populations in that area.
Missoulian; Jan. 24

Redistricting dust-up in Idaho roils Republican Party
After the Idaho Supreme Court tossed the state's redistricting plan last week, State Republican Chairman Norm Semanko and Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney removed two commissioners from the redistricting panel on Monday, but Randy Hansen and Dolores Crow said they're not stepping down, and Idaho State Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said they don't have to step down, an opinion with which the state GOP does not agree.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 24

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