Rockies Today, July 9



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Montana researcher seeks native grass alternative for lawns
Tracy Dougher, horticulture professor at Montana State University, is experimenting with fine fescue grasses as an alternative to the thirsty, fast-growing Kentucky bluegrass that delights the eye but taxes the mower.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; July 9

At Montana PSC hearing, state's deregulation of energy takes centerstage
On the first day of the Montana Public Service Commission's weeklong hearing on NorthWestern Energy's $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana, counsel for NorthWestern Energy called the deal a way to "put the failed experiment of utility deregulation behind us."
Montana Standard (Lee State Bureau); July 9

Amendments bog down Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act in U.S. Senate
The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act was predicted to easily pass in the U.S. Senate, but a volley of gun control and pro-gun amendments, and objections by environmental groups to portions of the legislation, makes the bill's future uncertain.
Durango Herald; July 9

Fast-moving wildfire forces evacuation of energy camps in NE B.C.
A wildfire in Tumbler Ridge in northeastern British Columbia more than tripled in size on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of 200 workers from two energy camps in the province.
Vancouver Sun; July 9

Fire restrictions begin in Idaho Thursday
The Colorado Gulch and the Hell Roaring fires in Idaho are an indication of wildfire conditions in Idaho, and on Thursday, Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Boise, Payette and Sawtooth national forests, as well as all private, state and Bureau of Land Management-protected territory within Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties, as well as portions of Adams, Blaine, Camas, Custer, Elmore, Idaho and Valley counties.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); July 9

Utah issues first permits for cannabis oil to treat children's epilepsy
On Tuesday, the Utah Department of Health, began granting permits allowing families with children who have intractable epilepsy to obtain cannabis oil that has proven successful in treating the seizure disorder, although those families may have to wait to get the oil, as the Colorado nonprofit that sells the oil said it has a long waiting list and the next harvest won't be until September.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 9

Alberta has nearly a third of Canada's billion-dollar companies
A study released today by the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance said that 31 percent of Canada's 169 public billion-dollar firms are headquartered in Alberta, and that 41 of those 52 firms are oil and gas companies, representing 82 percent of Canada's billion-dollar firms in those industries.
Calgary Herald; July 9

B.C. hunter shoots grizzly bear tagged in Banff research project
During British Columbia's spring bear hunt, a male grizzly bear that was tagged by researchers as part of a multi-year monitoring program in Banff National Park was shot and killed by a hunter.
Calgary Herald; July 9

Encana Corp. to sell one Alberta power plant, share of another
At the TD energy conference in Calgary, Encana Corp. CEO Doug Suttles said the company's decision to sell a natural-gas power plant in Alberta and its share in another is just about keeping the company's focus on its oil and gas development.
Calgary Herald; July 9

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