The Rockies Today, Sept. 8



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Wyoming governor urges Yellowstone Park official to relax winter plan
In a letter to Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk dated Sept. 6, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead laid out his problems with the park's proposed winter-use plan, including the requirement that all snowmobile trips be outfitter-guided, as well as the requirement that all snow machines enter the park by 10:30 a.m.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 8

Idaho DOT chief OKs megaloads' route on Highway 12
The Idaho Transportation Department gave its final answer on the shipment of 200 megaloads of mining equipment bound for Alberta from the Port of Lewiston along Highway 12 to Montana, but that state's injunction against the megaloads movement along its highways will keep the trucks parked for the immediate future.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 8

Smoke from wildfires in W. Montana degrade air quality to unhealthy
A ridge of high pressure is parked over the Bitterroot Valley holding smoke from a handful of large wildfires captive in the Montana valley, where air-quality warnings were issued on Wednesday.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 8

Report: Canada's oilsands are coming to U.S., with or without pipeline
A report issued by a consultant for the U.S. State Department said that, with or without the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, Canada crude from Alberta's oilsands operations will make its way to U.S. refineries, either by rail, truck or barge.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Sept. 8

BLM has list of 'crown jewels' of land for possible wilderness designation
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to submit a report to Congress in mid-October that contains a list of Bureau of Land Management holdings that should be considered for wilderness designation, and although no formal list has yet been revealed, there are indications that parcels in Montana, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico are in the report, but Idaho and Wyoming officials submitted no recommendations for land within their states, and it's unlikely the report will have any proposals for those states.
New York Times (Greenwire); Sept. 8

Obama administration's 'Green Jobs' initiative helps a bit in Colorado
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into Colorado to help fund the creation of jobs in the renewable energy sector, with Loveland-based Abound Solar Manufacturing one of the top recipients in the state with a $370-million loan guarantee to create up to 300 jobs, but the company has only created 80 so far; and the $3.6-million grant to create a program to train workers in such trades as insulation installation has resulted in just 425 people completing the training, and only 139 are employed.
Denver Post; Sept. 8

Scofflaw ATV riders could force closure in Colorado national forest
Three years after motorized groups convinced San Juan National Forest officials that the creation of a parking lot in the forest near the Weminuche Wilderness would not lead to illegal use of off-road vehicles in the area, the Colorado forest is considering closing down the parking lot and limiting access further away from the wilderness area due to illegal motorized use.
Durango Herald; Sept. 8

Federal charges against Idaho man who shot grizzly bear dropped
Under an agreement struck Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's office in Idaho dropped charges against Jeremy Hill, the man who shot and killed a grizzly bear on his property near Porthill, in exchange for Hill's admission that he violated a provision of the Endangered Species Act about removing nuisance bears and to pay a $1,000 fine.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 8

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