Rockies Today, July 19



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Stevensville couple seeks Montana permit for lynx, bobcat farm
Gerald and Deborah Roe have applied for a permit from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to operate a commercial farm to raise and sell bobcat and lynx and bobcat and lynx kittens to the public on their land about 10 miles north of Stevensville.
Great Falls Tribune; July 19

More evacuations ordered as W. Montana wildfire moves toward Superior
The West Mullan Fire has now burned 4,150 acres in Western Montana near Superior, and on Wednesday afternoon, more people were ordered to evacuate as it moved closer to town.
Missoulian; July 19

U.S. Senate confirms President Obama's nominees for EPA, Labor
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Thomas Perez as secretary of Labor, but neither of Wyoming's U.S. senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, voted in favor of the confirmations.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 19

BLM trucks water to wild horses in drought-throttled Utah valley
While wild horses in the Seaman herd in Nevada are dying of thirst, despite the Bureau of Land Management's providing them with water, the horses in the Cedar Mountain herd are taking advantage of the water troughs in the Skull Valley in Utah's Tooele County, where persistent drought has dried up natural watering holes.
Deseret News; July 19

Heat, drought, low water levels blamed for fish kill at Utah Reservoir
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologist Alan Ward has worked at Strawberry Reservoir for 13 years, and this year's low water levels are the lowest he's seen, and with high temperatures and continued dry conditions, the fish kill reported in one area of the reservoir could happen in other areas.
Deseret News; July 19

Benzene again exceeds federal limits in Colorado's Parachute Creek
Six months after a spill occurred at Williams Co. gas-processing plant near Parachute, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported benzene levels in water samples taken from Parachute Creek exceeded the federal drinking water standard of 5 parts per billion, with a July 11 sample indicating 5.5 ppb, and a July 15 reading of 9.2 ppb.
Denver Post; July 19

Colorado bridge built at 'farm' will roll into place Saturday
Rather than close the intersection at West 47th Avenue and Pecos Street for a year to replace an aging bridge over Interstate 70, the Colorado Department of Transportation built the structure a block away, and on Saturday, the 2,400-ton bridge will travel that block and be put into place.
Denver Post; July 19

Coal miner asks Colorado county to revise permit to allow more truck traffic
Twentymile Coal Co.'s special-use permit for its coal mine in Colorado's Routt County will expire at the end of the year, and on Aug. 1, the Colorado county's Planning Commission will consider the coal-mining company's request to expand its operations in the county, as well as increase the number of truck loads allowed daily on Routt County Road 27 from 40 to 55.
Craig Daily Press; July 19

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