Rockies Today, July 15



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Two more challenges of Canada's OK of Alberta-B.C. pipeline filed
The Heiltsuk and the Kitasoo-Xaixais First Nations and B.C. Nature filed challenges to the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, bringing the total number of challenges filed within recent days to four.
Calgary Herald (CP); July 15

Dakota utilities express interest in Wyoming carbon-capture project
On Monday, Gov. Matt Mead announced that both South Dakota-based Black Hills Corp. and North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative are interested in hosting the proposed laboratory to test carbon-capture technologies at a power plant in Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 15

Politician tells scientists at Montana forum information a two-way street
The weeklong North American Congress for Conservation Biology conference began Monday at the University of Montana in Missoula, and in his opening remarks, former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Jim Greenwood told the hundreds of scientists from around the world that they need get out of their laboratories meet with lawmakers if they want to ensure science has a place at the table when policies are made.
Missoulian; July 15

At Montana conference, USFWS director defends wolverine, wolf decisions
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe is in Missoula for the weeklong North American Congress for Conservation Biology conference at the University of Montana, where he said the recent decision by Fish and Wildlife Service Rocky Mountain Regional Director Noreen Walsh to decline to list the wolverine due to threats posed by climate change was based on science, and that the decision by another agency employee in January to reject certain scientists for a wolf peer review panel was an individual mistake that was addressed.
Missoulian; July 15

Winds drive Idaho wildfire over thousands of acres
The Preacher Fire near Carey grew from 50 acres on Monday to more than 7,000 acres on Tuesday morning, and is believed to be ignited by lightning from storms that sparked 20 other fires in south-central Idaho on Monday.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 15

White River National Forest report details contribution to Colorado's economy
The 2013 Annual Report from the supervisor of the White River National Forest released last week said that tourism continued to be the primary activity on the forest, which surrounds Aspen and is checkerboarded with private lands in Colorado's Pitkin County, and that gas production was down, timber sales were up and livestock grazing held steady.
Aspen Times; July 14

Wyoming gives Wasatch Wind project a final extension
On Monday, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council unanimously voted to extend Wasatch Wind's deadline on beginning construction of its Pioneer Park wind farm near Glenrock from August 2015 to February 2016.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 15

Second U.S. firm warns that Canadian homes overvalued
U.S.-Fitch Ratings warned that Canada's real estate is 20 percent overvalued, and last week Morningstar warned that a 30 percent correction in such values was looming, but Calgary Real Estate Board President Bill Kirk said price gains in that Alberta city were related to Calgary catching up with other metropolitan areas in Canada.
Calgary Herald; July 15

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