The Rockies Today, Nov. 6



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Firefighters: Thinned forest in Idaho helped stall Mustang Complex Fire
Six years before the Mustang Complex Fire burned from Idaho into Montana, a group of timber workers, environmentalists, landowners and government forest managers created the Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group in Idaho to treat 13,000 acres in the Hughes Creek drainage, and firefighters credited that project for creating a place for them to take a stand against the Mustang fire.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 4

EPA: Lead levels in stretch of Montana creek 'kind of disturbing'
Environmental Protection Agency tested water in a 13-mile stretch of Belt Creek between Neihart and Monarch in Montana found elevated levels of lead high enough to get the creek added to the Barker-Hughesville Superfund site.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 6

Destructive Colorado wildfire could bring economic boom
Economist Tom Zwirlein, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, said the Waldo Canyon Fire that burned 346 structures in June, could mean millions of dollars in spending and hundreds of jobs as the homes are rebuilt.
Denver Post; Nov. 6

Idaho's export of lumber increased 200% between 2009 and 2011
Demand for lumber from Asia helped keep Idaho sawmills humming between 2009 and 2011, and although exports are softening a bit, domestic sales are rising as the U.S. housing market improves.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 6

Idaho sawmill goes high-tech to shave costs
Evergreen Forest Products in Idaho's Adams County spent $1.5 million to install high-tech scanners designed to get the best cuts out of each log, and owners of the mill said the equipment will pay for itself within a year.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 6

Hecla Mining recalls workers for its Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho
The Mine Safety and Health Administration shut down Hecla Mining Co.'s Lucky Friday Mine in November of last year after two fatal incidents in 2011, putting 110 of the mine's 250 employees out of work, but in Tuesday's quarterly report, the mining company said it expects to resume mining in the first quarter of next year and that it had called the laid-off workers back.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Nov. 6

Study pinpoints where wildlife crossings should be built on Alberta highway
Using the underpass at Dead Man's Flats near Canmore as a cost-benefit model, the Miistakis Institute and Western Transportation Institute examined a 23-mile stretch of Highway 1 between the Highway 40 turnoff to Kananaskis Country and the east gate of Banff National Park, and provided Alberta Transportation with 10 places where an underpass or other mitigation projects could significantly reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 6

Wildrose Party to propose 12 amendments to Alberta's energy bill
On Monday, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said the Redford government's proposed Responsible Energy Development Act will take Alberta down the same path three previous controversial land bills did, and that the Wildrose Party would present 12 amendments to that bill.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 6

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