The Rockies Today, Sept.7



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Wildfire in Interior British Columbia forces hundreds from their homes
British Columbia officials said the wildfire that started Monday night in Bear Creek Provincial Park in West Kelowna grew quickly and required the evacuation of 550 residents in the area, as well as 100 campers from a campground.
Edmonton Journal (Kelowna Daily Courier); Sept. 7

Extreme conditions make firefight in Montana a tough go
The lightning-caused wildfires that make up the 41 Complex fire burning in Montana's Sapphire Mountains are burning in steep terrain with heavy fuel loads, and firefighters are also dealing with hot, dry and windy conditions.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 7

BLM Director Abbey will meet with Montanans on Sept. 19
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey will visit sites in Montana on Sept. 19 where conservation efforts are paying off in the Missouri Breaks area, and he will meet with members of the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument, as well as local conservation district officials and county commissioners from Fergus, Valley and Phillips counties.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 7

USPS picks Colorado man's photo of Yellowstone Park spring for stamp
Pueblo photographer Jim Wark's aerial photo of Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring will be part of the U.S. Postal Service's new line of stamps set to be issued in 2012 that features 15 aerial images.
Denver Post (Casper Star-Tribune); Sept. 7

Wyoming Land Board gives preliminary OK to buy Albany County ranch
On Tuesday, the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, made up of Gov. Matt Mead and the other four statewide-elected officials, voted unanimously to approve an option to purchase the 13,000-acre Moriah Ranch in northeastern Albany County that sits adjacent to other state lands and has prime elk hunting and fishing opportunities.
Denver Post (AP); Sept. 7

Business booms at bicycle-travel nonprofit in Montana
The Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit bicycle travel organization based in Missoula, has been steadily adding to its membership base, and this fall, it will begin work on a $400,000 expansion of headquarters in the Montana city's downtown, and will add staff as well.
Missoulian; Sept. 7

Federal lawmakers' town halls in Colorado drew crowds in August
During Congress' August recess, Colorado's federal lawmakers held town hall meetings across the state, where voters told them they wanted Congress to do something to create jobs; to protect Medicare and Social Security; to make sure hydraulic fracturing was a safe way to get oil and gas out of the ground; and to work together to get something done.
Denver Post; Sept. 7

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