Rockies Today, August 19


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Oregon denies Ambre Energy's application for coal-export terminal
Officials of Australia-based Ambre Energy said they intend to continue to pursue the proposal to build a coal-export terminal in Oregon after the state denied its application to ship coal brought in by rail from Montana and Wyoming down the Columbia River from Boardman to the Port of St. Helens, where it would be offloaded onto oceangoing freighters.
Montana Standard (AP); Aug. 19

Freight bottlenecks hamstring Amtrak's Empire Builder
Eighty-five years after the Great Northern Railway's premier passenger service launched between Chicago and Seattle and Portland, and five years after Amtrak's Empire Builder earned the railroad system's top honors for on-time service, the Empire Builder has been manhandled by rail congestion caused by a marked increase in the movement of oil and other freight by rail.
Flathead Beacon; Aug. 13

Drones banned in national parks, monuments in Utah
The use of unmanned aircraft in Arches and Canyonlands parks as well as Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments in Utah was formally banned Monday, amid an increase in the use of drones by photographers and videographers and an increase in complaints about such use.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 19

B.C. selects 3 to investigate Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach
To serve on the independent panel to investigate the collapse of a tailings impoundment at the Mount Polley Mine, British Columbia Mines Minister Bill Bennett named Steven Vick, an engineering consultant who investigated a tailings pond breach in Guyana; Norbert Morgenstern, a University of Alberta engineering professor emeritus who has worked on more than 140 dam projects; and Dirk van Zyl, a University of B.C. engineering professor with three decades of experience in teaching, researching and consulting on earthen dams and tailings impoundments.
Vancouver Sun; Aug. 19

U. of Alberta mountain pine beetle research to focus on flight capability
Mountain pine beetle infestations have affected 25 percent of Alberta's pine trees, and Maya Evenden, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta is launching a new study that will focus on the flight capability of the beetles, which will help improve projections on where they might move next.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); Aug. 13

Cabela's delivers economic boost to Colorado city as projected
A year after Cabela's opened its 90,000-square-foot outdoor gear store in Thornton, sales and use tax revenue for the Colorado city is up 10 percent, and new stores and housing developments are popping up around the store.
Denver Post; Aug. 19

Idaho U.S. senators meet with wood-stove manufacturer
U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, which prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from proposing or enacting legislation based on science that is not made available to the public or is not reproducible, and on Monday, Sen. Crapo met with Kuma Stoves officials to discuss how the legislation may affect their wood-stove manufacturing business, which is subject to new emissions standards for their product.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Aug. 19

Utah agriculture survey finds fewer bee loses last winter
A Utah Department of Agriculture and Food survey found that there's a growing interest in beekeeping in the Beehive State, with 52 of the 330 respondents to the 2012-2013 overwinter survey indicating that it was their first year in the business, and the survey also found that 20 percent of the respondents reported a lower winter loss than the previous winter, while 12 percent said bee deaths increased.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 19

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