The Rockies Today, March 30



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Canada's federal budget features streamlined environmental reviews
The streamlined environmental review process reflected in Canada's federal budget appears to be crafted to directly address opposition to the $6.6-billion Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry Alberta crude west to the B.C. coast.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 29

Crews brace for windy day on Colorado fireline
Milder weather on Thursday allowed crews working to contain the Lower North Fork fire in Colorado's Jefferson County to get the fire 45 percent contained, but high winds are predicted to arrive today.
Denver Post; March 30

Colorado sheriff's office sets up emergency notification backup plan
The president of FirstCall Network, the company that installed Jefferson County's emergency contact telephone system last year, said an 88 percent contact rate was a great rate, but the Colorado county's sheriff office said many of the residents closest to the Lower North Fork Fire never got called at all, while people in Texas and other Colorado counties did get calls telling them to evacuate, and the sheriff's office now intends to send emergency vehicles to evacuation areas to notify people to leave.
Denver Post; March 30

Snowpack levels in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley lowest in 3 decades
The Natural Resources Conservation Service reported Thursday that snowpack levels near Aspen were at 52 percent of the 10-year average, and with levels not seen this low since 1981, raising concerns about water supplies this summer.
Aspen Times; March 30

Montana group threatened after posting photos of live trapped wolf in Idaho
After Footloose Montana reposted pictures an Idaho trapper had taken of a live wolf he caught before killing it, the Missoula-based group received a threatening email, which has been turned over to state and federal authorities for investigation.
Great Falls Tribune; March 30

Study traces pollution in Montana lake to septic systems
A new study by the Whitefish Lake Institute confirmed that the pollution in the Montana lake was tied to failing or outmoded septic systems.
Missoulian; March 30

Rocky Mountain Power seeks Utah community-based energy projects
Rocky Mountain Power wants to fund small, locally based community projects that generate power from wind, solar and hydropower in Utah, and is taking applications for funding.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 30

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