The Rockies Today, Oct. 4



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Email between U.S. State Department, Keystone XL lobbyist questioned
A series of friendly emails between Marja Verloop, the U.S. Embassy's lawyer for energy and environment, and Paul Elliott, a lobbyist for TransCanada Corp. elicited charges of bias from opponents of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline project.
Edmonton Journal (PostMedia News); Oct. 4

Yellowstone Park removes female grizzly bear tied to fatal mauling
A female grizzly bear that fatally mauled a hiker in Yellowstone National Park was captured and euthanized after DNA samples taken at the scene of a second fatal mauling tied the sow to that scene.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 4

Montana riverbed rental case on U.S. Supreme Court's docket
On Dec. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear PPL Montana's appeal of a Montana Supreme Court decision that said the utility owed the state rent on the riverbeds on which its hydroelectric dams sit, and the bedrock of the dispute is whether the rivers on which the dams operate are "navigable."
New York Times (Greenwire); Oct. 3

Colorado orders Cotter Corp. to stop uranium contamination at mine
Officials from Colorado's Division of Mining Reclamation and Safety and Denver Water on Monday demanded that Cotter Corp. immediately take steps to stop uranium-contaminated water from reaching Ralston Creek.
Denver Post; Oct. 4

BLM seeks input on 9 Utah rivers proposed for wild, scenic designation
Stretches of nine rivers and streams in southwest Utah are eligible for additional protection under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and the Bureau of Land Management is taking public comment on the potential listings through Oct. 31.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 4

Solar installation powers up education at Idaho technical school
Five small Idaho school districts joined forces to create the Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency to provide professional-technical and alternative high school courses to students in Homedale, Marsing, Notus, Parma and Wilder districts, and now a solar-panel installation helps cut energy costs and provide hands-on training for students.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 4

Colorado national energy laboratory to cut 100 to 150 jobs
Now that federal stimulus money is running out, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is planning to cut staff, with a plan to buy out between 100 and 150 jobs at the Colorado facility.
Denver Post; Oct. 4

Colorado oil, gas commission questions county's moratorium on drilling
El Paso County commissioners put a four-month moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the county in place last week, but the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission is questioning the decision.
Colorado Springs Gazette; Oct. 4

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