Rockies Today, May 7



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.


Idaho, Montana, Wyoming protest USFWS's plan to protect wolverines
In response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to list wolverines as threatened across the lower 48 states, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have formally opposed such a listing, saying the species is doing just fine on its own.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 7

USFS announces contractors to provide 7 air tankers to fight wildfires
After the U.S. Forest Service announced it had selected the contractors to provide seven bigger, faster air tankers to help fight wildfires, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall asked that the bidding process not be challenged as that would delay the air tankers' arrival to help in what could be a rough wildfire season.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 7

Idaho governor declares May 'Second Amendment Protection Month'
To tout the state's friendliness to gun and ammunition manufacturers, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter declared May Second Amendment Protection Month, and touted gun ownership as a way of life in a letter to 79 such companies, urging them to consider the Gem State as a great place to do business.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 7

USDA presses for conservation measures in Farm Bill
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Billings Gazette that he will work with federal lawmakers to ensure that the Farm Bill contains measures to encourage conservation practice, including one that would deny crop insurance to any farmer that breaks up native sod.
Billings Gazette; May 7

Allegiant announces end of service between Wyoming, Arizona cities
On May 13, Allegiant Airlines' non-stop service between Casper and Mesa, Ariz., will end, news that did not set well with travelers boarding the flight in Wyoming on Monday.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 7

Constitutionality of Colorado's foreclosure law in question
A federal district court judge temporarily halted the foreclosure sale of a home in Colorado to give him time to consider the constitutionality of the state's foreclosure law.
Denver Post; May 7

Group ranks Alberta, Colorado cities as 2nd, 3rd best in world for oil, gas
A survey of oil and gas engineers and executives by Rigzone, an industry employment and data clearinghouse, ranked Calgary, Alberta as second in the world for the industry, and Denver ranked third.
Denver Post; May 7

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