Rockies Today, April 22



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.


Gun-control bills non-starters in much of the West
Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus was among the four Democrats who stood with Republican U.S. senators last week in voting against expanded background checks were from rural states, and on the state level, legislators in Western states had little success in getting gun-control bills to governors' desks.
Los Angeles Times; April 22

USFS's budget policy gives western forests more flexibility
The U.S. Forest Service's "Integrated Resource Restoration" policy, which combines budgets for timber, wildlife, range, soil and watershed projects, is being used in the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests, and a dozen other forests in the Intermountain West.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 22

Saturday's avalanche was deadliest in Colorado in more than 50 years
On Saturday, five men participating in the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Bash on Colorado's Loveland Pass were killed by an avalanche, the deadliest in the state since 1962.
Denver Post; April 22

Water pipeline project on Montana reservation halted by federal investigation
Work on a $361-million water pipeline on the Rocky Boy's reservation in northern Montana has been halted as federal officials investigate how millions of dollars were redirected from the project and other irregularities.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); April 22

Uranium company says Wyoming jumped the gun on violation charge
In March, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality served Cameco Resources with a notice of violation after discovering lixiviant, a solution used to leach uranium from the ground, in monitoring wells at Cameco's Smith Ranch-Highland uranium facility north of Glenrock, but company officials said the violation notice was premature.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 22

Groups oppose federal plan to dredge channel at Idaho port
The Port of Lewiston in Idaho is the nation's most inland seaport on the West Coast, and the plan to dredge the channel to allow barges to continue to access that port is being opposed by environmental groups because they said use of the port is declining and the dredging is a misuse of taxpayer funding.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 22

USFS seeks public comment on Idaho restoration project
The 45-day public comment period on the U.S. Forest Service's proposed restoration project in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho began April 19, when the federal agency released its draft impact statement on the proposal which calls for a mixture of actions on 45,000 acres near Kooskia.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); April 21

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