Rockies Today, Oct. 9



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U.S. drought increases scrutiny on water used by power plants
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 136 billion gallons of fresh water is withdrawn by power suppliers producers daily, which is 40 percent of fresh water use nationally, putting the power industry on par with the agriculture industry in terms of water consumption, and with drought straining water supplies in some areas of the U.S., scientists say it's time link energy policy with water policy.
New York Times; Oct. 9

LiV Golf Cars to open assembly plant in Montana's Lincoln County
The 22 jobs that pay $15.53 an hour that the opening of LiV Golf Cars' plant in Libby to assemble a new style golf car are much needed in Montana's Lincoln County, where the 12.1% employment rate is the second highest in the state.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 9

Montana sites under consideration for biofuel production facility
The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a collective of scientists and researchers seeking a way to turn waste wood into jet biofuel and other co-products such as isobutanol, is mid-way through a four-year, $40-million study, and among the potential sites for the biofuel facility are the Kootenai Business Park in Libby and the former Smurfit-Stone pulp and paper mill in Frenchtown.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 9

Report: Federal government spent $392M to manage lands in Idaho in 2012
As Idaho officials mull a method to assume management of federal lands within the state's border, a report from the Congressional Research Service said that the federal government spent $392 million to manage the 32 million acres it controls in the Gem State in fiscal year 2012, considerably more than Idaho's estimate that it could make $50 million to $75 million annually in timber receipts.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 9

Colorado has 600 megawatts of wind farms on the drawing board
At the Colorado Energy Forum on Tuesday, wind-energy companies said that there are currently 600 megawatts in wind farm projects set to go online, which will boost the amount of wind power produced in the state by 26 percent.
Denver Post; Oct. 9

Utah, Arizona counties work on plan to use local funds to open national parks
San Juan County and other counties in southern Utah, as well as some in Arizona, are desperate to get national parks open again to capture much needed tourism revenue, and the counties are working on proposals to use local funding to provide needed staffing to get the parks open.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 9

High levels of E. coli found in some waterways in Colorado flood zones
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment took samples of water from eight rivers in 29 locations and found high levels of E. coli in the Boulder Creek and Big Thompson River watershed, with the highest levels reported in Boulder and near Niwot.
Denver Post; Oct. 9

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