Rockies Today, Feb. 6



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Study in Wyoming, Montana gave USFWS needed wolverine data
A decadelong study of wolverines in the Teton Range in Wyoming and the Madison Range in Montana gave the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the data the agency needed to propose listing the species as threatened.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Feb. 6

AP reports President Obama to nominate REI executive for Interior post
The Associated Press is reporting that President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, the president and chief executive officer at the outdoors company Recreational Equipment, Inc., to replace Ken Salazar as Interior secretary.
Billings Gazette (AP); Feb. 6

USDA report tracks effect of higher temperatures on nation's forests
A warming climate will increase wildfires and allow bugs to spread to more acres of forests, according to the National Climate Assessment released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Feb. 6

Colorado Democratic legislators submit package of gun bills
Included in the package of gun-related legislation introduced by Colorado Democrats on Tuesday was a provision to limit magazines to 10 rounds, increased notification requirements for mental health care providers, making laws stronger to prevent domestic violence offenders from buying guns, and perhaps the most controversial, making assault-weapon manufacturers and sellers liable for damage inflicted by their products.
Denver Post; Feb. 6

USFWS proposal could allow wolverines to be reintroduced in Colorado
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the wolverine as a threatened species, and also contained a measure that would designate southern Wyoming, Colorado and northern New Mexico as an experimental population area, which means the species could be reintroduced into that area.
Aspen Times; Feb. 6

Rail shipment of oil increases, but coal still remains on top
The U.S. Energy Department said that, while shipments of petroleum products in the last week of January were up 56 percent compared to the same time last year, coal still remains the top haul for railroads.; Feb. 6

Alberta, New Brunswick team up to support plan to ship oil east
New Brunswick Premier David Alward wrapped up his three-day trip to Alberta with an appearance with Premier Alison Redford and a message that the St. John refinery was open and ready to accept Alberta bitumen shipped east through a TransCanada pipeline.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 6

Future of Suncor Energy's Voyager oilsands project in Alberta in question
Alberta-based Suncor Energy released its fourth-quarter report on Tuesday that noted a $1.2-billion tax bill, as well as a $1.5-billion write down on its Voyager oilsands project that has been stalled since 2009.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Feb. 6

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