Rockies Today, July 26



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Montana extends comment period on Yellowstone bison plan
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has extended the public comment period on its environmental assessment of a plan to allow bison from Yellowstone National Park on public lands in the state year-round to Sept. 13, and on Monday, the state Department of Livestock will hold a meeting on the EA that will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 318 at the Livestock Building at 301 N. Roberts in Helena.
Helena Independent Record; July 26

Colorado congressman sues to halt drilling near his property
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has long fought for hydraulic fracturing regulations, and now that a company has begun using the drilling method on land the Colorado congressman owns near Berthoud, he's filed a lawsuit to stop the drilling.
Boulder Daily Camera; July 25

BLM releases preferred route for Wyoming-to-Utah power line
This week the Bureau of Land Management released its preferred route for PacifiCorp's Gateway South transmission line, which will carry electricity generated in Wyoming south across Colorado to Utah, crossing the southern part of the Uinta basin in the Beehive State, while other proposed routes for the 500-kilovolt line move through the north side of that basin and to the south along the Interstate 70 corridor.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 26

Idaho job fairs seeking to hire 1,800 workers draw 400 applicants
The Idaho Department of Labor hosted job fairs in Boise, Meridian and Caldwell this week to help Virginia-based Maximus hire 1,800 workers for its federal health-insurance exchange call center at the Hewlett-Packard campus in Boise, but only 400 people showed up to apply for those jobs.
Idaho Statesman; July 26

Boise River whitewater park in Idaho more of an attraction than estimated
When Boise Parks first proposed building a whitewater park in the Boise River, there was a lot of criticism that it was being built for just kayakers, but in the year since the Idaho park opened it's proven to be a draw for thousands of people, many of whom access the park via the Greenbelt.
Idaho Statesman; July 26

Another company seeks to tap into Idaho's geothermal energy
U.S. Geothermal Inc.'s Raft River Energy project has been using the river of hot water deep under Idaho to generate power since 2007, and now Walker Ranch Energy is hoping to tap into the same resource for its $150 million, 25-megawatt power plant it wants to have up and running by the end of 2015.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 25

Colorado, Arizona U.S. senators want to use drones to monitor wildfires
The Federal Aviation Administration is working on establishing six test sites where unmanned aircraft can be used in national air space, and Colorado U.S. Sen. Mike Bennet and Arizona U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake have filed an amendment to the legislation to establish such sites to add two more to focus on wildfire monitoring, mitigation and containment.
Denver Post (AP); July 25

Denver gold miner posts $2.02-billion 2nd quarter loss
Officials of Colorado-based Newmont Mining Co. cited lower gold and copper prices for its surprise $2.02-billion second-quarter loss.
Denver Post (AP); July 25

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