The Rockies Today, Sept. 14



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U.S. House bills would require Congress to OK new national monuments
At a hearing on Tuesday, the Natural Resources subcommittee heard bills from Idaho, Montana and Utah representatives that would require Congress to approve any presidential designation of national monuments.
Idaho Statesman (McClatchy Newspapers); Sept. 14

Montana congressman says Congress deserves role in monument decisions
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg said his Montana Land Sovereignty Act isn't about stopping future designations of national monuments in the state, but is instead about making sure the public has a chance to have a say in such decisions.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 14

Mayor of Utah city, outfitter disagree on economic effect of national monuments
At a House subcommittee hearing on bills that would require Congressional approval of national monuments in Utah, Idaho and Montana, Escalante Mayor Jerry Taylor spoke in support of U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's bill covering lands in Utah, while Steve Roberts, owner of Escalante Outfitters, offered his view about how the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument led to his decision to locate his outfitting business in the Utah town and said business is booming.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 14

Grand Teton Park chief: Wyoming wolf plan puts park packs in danger
During Wyoming Fish and Game's formal comment period on its draft wolf management plan, Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott said the plan puts wolves in the six packs that roam the park in danger as they often travel to the Gros Ventre drainage in the winter, and that the park benefits from wolves in providing wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors and the predators help maintain a natural balance in the park.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Sept. 14

Report details Canada's geothermal energy potential
A team of 12 scientists led by Stephen Grasby at the federal Geological Survey of Canada will present their report on the country's potential for geothermal energy at a conference Thursday in Toronto that says 100 or so projects could provide more than enough power to run the country.
Vancouver Sun (PostMedia News); Sept. 14

Idaho, Pocatello lay claim to nation's slowest internet speeds
Online life in Idaho is in the slow lane, with the state having the longest download times in the country, and Pocatello has the slowest internet speed of any city in the nation. The United States ranks 25th in the world when it comes to internet speed, with even Romania having faster connect times.
New York Times; Sept. 14

Grizzly bear killed for killing cattle in Montana
Federal agents captured a 10-year-old grizzly bear that had been killing cattle in Montana near Red Lodge, and after discovering that the bear had been captured in Wyoming and relocated in 2007 for killing cattle, the bear was euthanized. This article has a sidebar that updates readers on Yellowstone Park's search for the grizzly bear that fatally mauled a Michigan man in August.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 14

Pipeline panel updates Montana legislators on mapping project
After an ExxonMobil pipeline under the Yellowstone River ruptured in July and spilled 1,000 barrels of oil into the Montana river, Gov. Brian Schweitzer created a panel to review and map the estimated 9,000 spots where pipelines cross waterways in the state, and on Tuesday, panel members gave state legislators an update on what they'd accomplished so far.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Sept. 14

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