Rockies Today, Aug. 8



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Opinions vary on management of federal lands within Idaho's borders
Idaho U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says collaboration between the state and federal government is the foundation of well-managed federal lands, and holds up the 10-year agreement on management of the 4-million-acre Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest as an example of what he means, but State Rep. Lawerence Denney, who will lead a discussion Friday on his resolution seeking state authority over federal lands, seeks more timber production on those lands.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 8

Hikers' deaths in Utah prompt BLM to make changes at The Wave
Three people died during their hikes to the Wave rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border in the summer heat this year, prompting the Bureau of Land Management to increase efforts to inform the public about the difficulty of the hike and its hazards.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 8

BP exec shares thoughts on decline of energy production in SW Colorado
Christof Rühl, chief economist for BP, was in Denver for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual convention and, in an interview with the Durango Herald, he said one reason energy production in the Four Corners region, which includes Southwest Colorado, was in decline is because companies are now concentrating on drilling oil shale wells, which produce natural gas as a part of the process.
Durango Herald; Aug. 8

Protesters again briefly delay megaload in Idaho
On Wednesday night, 100 protesters briefly blocked the progress of Omega Morgan's oversized load of equipment headed through Idaho and Montana on its way to Alberta, but Nez Perce Tribal Police and Idaho State Police troopers were able to remove demonstrators from the highway and the load continued on its way.
Billings Gazette (Lewiston Tribune); Aug. 8

Meeting on proposed copper mine in Montana draws 75
Most of the speakers at the public meeting Wednesday night in White Sulphur Springs on British Columbia-based Tintina Resources' proposal to mine copper 17 miles north of the Montana community said they supported the mine, but the ones who spoke out in opposition said the project's proximity to a tributary that feeds into the Smith River concerned them.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 8

Uranium mine may bring new life to Wyoming community
Jeffrey City, which once boasted two grocery stores, a hardware store, a couple of restaurants, a school with 600 students and thousands of residents, now has a population of 58, a cafe and an abundance of mostly abandoned buildings, but with Colorado-based Energy Fuels Inc. proposing to reopen the Sheep Mountain uranium mine, the Wyoming community could again boom.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 8

Interior Secretary's trip to Wyoming includes stop in Grand Teton NP
Secretary Sally Jewell affirmed the Department of Interior's commitment to buy four parcels of state lands within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, and on Wednesday, Jewell toured those state lands.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 8

Boulder City Council to put debt limit question to Colorado city's residents
The Boulder City Council approved putting a measure before the Colorado city's voters to approve a $214-million debt limit to allow the city to buy Xcel Energy's electrical distribution system.
Boulder Daily Camera; Aug. 8

Sanders County meeting explores controversial Montana-tribal water pact
The group Women for a Better Sanders County hosted a meeting Tuesday night to delve into the opposition the proposed water compact between the federal government, Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and information divulged at the meeting indicated that irrigators were concerned about a number of uncertainties in the pact, and for that reason they declined to support it.
Missoulian; Aug. 8

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