Rockies Today, July 18



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Exxon Mobil contests $1.7M federal fine for Montana pipeline spill
In a closed-door hearing in Denver on Wednesday, attorneys for Exxon Mobil argued against a $1.7-million fine levied by the federal government over a pipeline break in 2011 that released an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana.
Billings Gazette (AP); July 18

Wednesday's erratic winds push firefighters off the line of W. Montana wildfire
Fire crews were pulled off the front lines of the West Mullan Fire near Superior as high winds pushed the Montana wildfire across hundreds of acres on Wednesday afternoon.
Missoulian; July 18

U.S. Senate subcommittee hears concerns on Colorado River water supply
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Water and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on a recently released report on the Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study, which indicated that the river would not keep up with demand within the next half-century, and recommended some measures to conserve and augment water supplies. You can watch an archived webcast of the hearing here.
Durango Herald; July 17

Mudslide closes Montana highway near Yellowstone NP's North entrance
Heavy rains Wednesday afternoon sent a cascade of mud across Highway 89 just north of Gardiner, closing the highway that is a route to Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance.; July 18

Utah Legislature votes to repeal 'sheriff's law'
On Wednesday, the Utah House voted unanimously to repeal House Bill 155, which prohibited federal law enforcement officers from enforcing state laws on federal public lands, while the Utah Senate voted 24-3 to overturn the law.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 18

Flash flood destroys building in Montana's first territorial capital
The Bannack Days Celebration scheduled for this weekend has been canceled after a flash flood tore through Montana's first territorial capital on Wednesday afternoon, destroying at least one building.; July 18

Wyoming to install cisterns at 20 homes near Pavillion
The Wyoming Legislature appropriated $750,000 to supply homes near Pavillion with clean drinking water, and the engineering company contracted to do the work said 20 of those cisterns will be installed this fall, while the debate about the source of the contamination of the groundwater in the area continues.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 18

Hunting Works for Utah launched Wednesday
Hunting Works for Utah, the seventh chapter of the national organization that seeks to promote the economic benefits of hunting, was officially launched Wednesday in Salt Lake City. Contains an interesting graphic showing what hunters spend on equipment and travel expenses in Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 18

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