Rockies Today, March 28



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Montana's federal mineral royalties payment cut by $2.5 million
The Interior Department notified the 35 states that receive federal mineral royalties what their share of a $110 million budget cut would be, with Wyoming's $53 million the highest, followed by New Mexico at $26 million. Story has a sidebar showing all 35 states and their share of the budget cut.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); March 28

Obama administration rolls out plan to help wildlife adapt to climate change
On Tuesday, the Obama administration released the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, a five-year, nationwide plan to help species that are at risk as warming temperatures change their historical habitat.
Los Angeles Times; March 28

NOAA forecasts more drought in U.S. in 2013
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said drought conditions seen so far this year are worse than in 2012 and 2011, and said 54.2 percent of the contiguous United States was in some stage of drought in February, compared with 39 percent in February of 2012.; March 28

Denver water board puts drought restrictions into place
It's been more than a decade since Stage 2 drought restrictions have been in place in Denver, but on Wednesday, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted to impose the restrictions, which limit lawn water, car washing and other water uses.
Denver Post; March 28

Developer releases routing plan for Wyoming-Nevada transmission line
On Wednesday, the developers of the Zephyr Power Transmission Project, a 3,000-megawatt power line between Wyoming and Nevada, laid out the preferred route of the transmission line.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 28

Suncor says no bitumen in water that leaked into Alberta river
Suncor said that the frozen pipe that burst earlier this week spilled 92,460 gallons of process water into the Athabasca River in Alberta, but that the water contained no bitumen, and the spill had little effect on the river's water quality.
Edmonton Journal; March 28

Federal judge's order could allow helicopter hazing of bison in Montana
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled against the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in a lawsuit challenging Montana's use of helicopter to haze bison back into Yellowstone National Park, but the group has already filed another notice of intent to sue, charging that the use of helicopters in grizzly bear habitat harms the bears.
Helena Independent Record;March 28

Construction of Colorado mansion generates $468K for energy fund
The Pitkin County's Renewable Energy Mitigation Program is funded from development in the Colorado county that exceeds mandated energy budgets set by Aspen and county building codes, and the construction of a 15,000-square-foot home, with 5,994 square feet of heated outdoor surfaces, a heated outdoor pool and spa generated $468,947 for the fund.
Aspen Times; March 28

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