The Rockies Today, May 10



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Montana judge halts transfer of bison from Yellowstone National Park
The immediate result of Blaine County District Judge John McKeon's order issued Wednesday is that the transfer of bison from Yellowstone National Park from the Fort Peck Reservation to the Fort Belknap Reservation will not happen, and Montana cannot move any additional bison from holding facilities near Yellowstone National Park anywhere in the state until a lawsuit brought by ranchers and private property rights groups against the state on the issue of relocating bison is resolved.
Montana Standard (AP); May 10

Montana begins hazing bison back into Yellowstone National Park
Bison advocates were on hand to observe Montana's efforts to move bison that had wandered out of Yellowstone National Park back into the park, and said that the operation was particularly hard on newborn calves.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 10

Alberta girds for battle with EU over oilsands
A report from U.S.-based Jacobs Consultancy says the European Union's rating of oil from Alberta's oilsands as "dirty," is flawed because the EU did not look at improved technologies used to mine the crude, but the Alberta-based Pembina Institute questioned the Jacobs report because it looked only at the best technologies in place, even though such technologies are not widely employed in the oilsands industry.
Edmonton Journal; May 10

Federal panel to review revised plan for B.C. gold, copper mine
On Wednesday, Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent said that a federal panel would review Taseko Mines Ltd.'s revised proposal for a gold and copper mine in British Columbia; the original plan was rejected by a federal panel in 2010.
Edmonton Journal; May 10

Loggers, environmental groups hammer out plan for Idaho national forest
Since January, Bob Boeh with the Idaho Forest Group has been working with six other individuals representing wilderness and wildlife and loggers to hammer out what they believe is a workable management plan for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, and they delivered their ideas in a 12-page letter to Mary Farnsworth, the supervisor of the forests.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 10

USPS declines to close post offices, but will cut hours
The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it would not close the nearly 3,700 post offices across the nation it had slated for closure as part of the service's cost-cutting measures, but would instead decrease hours.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 10

GOP presidential candidate campaigns at Colorado drilling site
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, stopped by a drilling site in Northern Colorado on Wednesday, where he said that, if elected, he would ramp up domestic production of energy.
Denver Post; May 10

Idaho county petitions USFWS to delist caribou
In a 15-page petition, Bonner County laid out its arguments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service why the Idaho county believes the 46 caribou in the South Selkirk herd no longer need federal protection.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 10

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