The Rockies Today, Jan. 30



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Management of endangered salmon in Idaho could change with agency move
President Obama first proposed moving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration out of the Commerce Department and into the Interior Department, but the idea isn't a new one, and environmentalists are still concerned about having NOAA in the same agency as the Bureau of Reclamation.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 30

USFS makes changes to appeals process
Contained within the U.S. Forest Service's 2012 budget is a change that eliminates the former appeals process, and replaces it with a more streamlined one.
Missoulian; Jan. 30

Utah puts sage-grouse protection plan on fast track
In order to avoid an endangered species listing for sage grouse in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert will soon appoint a committee to craft a management plan for the species with a target date of three months to have it ready for Herbert to put it in place by executive order.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 29

Dispute over wind farm, power lines heads to Wyoming Supreme Court
The Northern Laramie Range Alliance will take its appeal of Wyoming's issuance of a permit to Utah-based Wasatch Wind for a 62-turbine, 100-megawatt wind farm near Glenrock to the Wyoming Supreme Court, after a state district court affirmed that permit.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 30

Public comment period on Parks Canada's caribou plan closes Jan. 31
Over the past 25 years, the number of caribou in the mountain national parks of Banff, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier has decreased from 800 to 250, and Parks Canada has developed a strategy to protect the caribou.
Rocky Mountain Outlook; Jan. 27

Skiers, snowmobilers square off on access to Wyoming recreation site
As the U.S. Forest Service reworks the management plan for the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, skiers are asking that snowmobiles be banned on Two Oceans Peak on Togwotee Pass.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 30

Utah company sues Chevron, alleging coal mining forced pipeline reroute
Utah-based Northwest Pipeline GP filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming against Chevron, alleging that work done at coal mine near Kemmerer forced the pipeline company to reroute two natural gas pipelines.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 30

Idaho counties, drillers draft bill to regulate natural-gas development
On Sunday, the Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Petroleum Council announced that they had crafted draft legislation to regulate the natural-gas industry in the state, although they declined to release the draft legislation.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (AP); Jan. 30

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