The Rockies Today, Sept. 16



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Montana senator's wilderness bill now a campaign issue
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced his "Forest Jobs and Recreation Act" first in the summer of 2009 and again this year, and he says if he has to attach it to a piece of "must-pass" legislation to get it through he may consider doing so, but the Montana Democrat is facing a tough re-election battle, and the controversial legislation could be a factor as environmental groups that supported Tester in 2006 are saying they may not do so in 2012.
New York Times (Greenwire); Sept. 14

Paleontologists all abuzz about fossilized feathers found in Alberta
The 11 fossilized feathers encased in amber found in the prairies of southeastern Alberta are the first discovery of three-dimensional feathers, and in a research paper on the feathers published Thursday in the journal Science, University of Alberta scientists discuss the importance of this find.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 16

Montana wildlife agency release draft plan on relocating bison
On Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission released its draft environmental impact statement on relocating bison currently held in quarantine to the Fort Peck and Fort Belnap reservations and the Spotted Dog and Marias River wildlife management areas.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 16

Parks Canada lifts restrictions on biking near lake in Alberta park
On July 10, Parks Canada imposed restrictions on cyclists around the Lake Minnewanka area in Banff National Park in Alberta to reduce encounters with grizzly bears, and on Thursday, with buffalo berry season in full swing, those restrictions were removed.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 16

Wyoming governor to lead GOP governors' energy panel
At the Wyoming Natural Gas Fair in Jackson on Thursday, Gov. Matt Mead spoke about taking the lead on drafting a national energy policy for the country's Republican governors, who will vote on the policy at a December meeting in Jackson, then finalize it when they meet in Virginia early next year.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 16

Plan to drill in Colorado state park under consideration
On Thursday, the Colorado Parks commission tentatively endorsed a plan to allow an energy company to clear about six acres within St. Vrain State Park to drill multiple wells and use hydraulic fracturing to tap into gas and oil resources.
Denver Post; Sept. 16

Idaho ranked 5th in nation in foreclosures in August
According to the latest RealtyTrac report, one in 348 homes in Idaho was in foreclosure in August, ranking the Gem State fifth in the nation in foreclosures; Nevada ranked first, with one out of every 118 households receiving a foreclosure notice, California was second, Arizona third and Georgia fourth.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Sept. 16

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