Rockies Today, July 23



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Federal judge dismisses challenges to Montana forest's travel plan
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Haddon dismissed challenges filed by 22 plaintiffs of the decision of the U.S. Forest Service to ban motorized travel on 322,000 acres of recommended wilderness study areas in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana.
Helena Independent Record; July 23

Campground in Idaho national forest evacuated due to wildfire danger
The 300-acre 210 Road fire burning in the Sawtooth National Forest forced campers from a campground near Redfish Lake on Monday, and closed Idaho Highway 75 for a time.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 23

University of Utah wants to bring back grazing to Range Creek Canyon
The University of Utah oversees the archaeological research area in Range Creek Canyon, and to the university is proposing cattle be allowed to graze in the area to reduce vegetation which fed last year's 900-acre Lighthouse Fire.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23

Easing of delivery concerns sends Canadian oil producers' stock higher
The stocks of Canada-based Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc. and Baytex Energy Corp. saw double-digit increase in the second quarter, as prices for Canadian heavy oil rose to $91.54, more than double the price in December.
Financial Post (Bloomberg); July 23

Researchers find few environmental enforcement actions in Alberta's oilsands
Independent researchers Peter Lee and Kevin Timoney have tracked more than 9,000 environmental incidents in Alberta's oilsands country since 1996, and found that, in the 4,000 incidents where an oilsands facility broke an operating condition, enforcement actions were taken in just 0.9 percent of those cases.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); July 23

Utah groups want state to require refineries to clean up their emissions
The Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) and the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club are seeking to block the Tesoro refinery update until the state takes some action to require the five refineries operating on the Wasatch Front to reduce their emissions.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 23

USGS tests Gold Rush-era mine waste rock for rare earth minerals
The piles of rocks left behind from gold mining in the 19th Century in California and other states may hold the mother lode of rare earth minerals, now in high demand for cellphones and other high-tech gadgets.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); July 23

Rival company buys adits at entrance of stalled Montana mine
Mines Management Corp. had settled claims on seven of nine claims on lands needed for the company to access an estimated 230 million ounces of silver and nearly 2 billion pounds of copper lying underground in Montana's Lincoln County, but the remaining two claims were purchased by Optima, a company formed just last month whose public contact is a former employee of Revett Minerals, and the daughter of Frank Duval who founded Revett, the silver and copper mining company in Troy.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; July 23

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