Rockies Today, July 31



Manager of Idaho national forest proposes change to 'megaload' criteria
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell, who set out the criteria to define a megaload, which would require a formal review process for a permit—which has yet to be created—agreed to revise the rule about requiring traffic to stop to bring it in line with an Idaho rule that requires traffic control plans for loads more than 16 feet wide or 150 feet long traveling on a narrow section of U.S. Highway 12.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); July 31

U.S. Senate committee takes testimony on Montana public lands bills
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee heard testimony on 14 public lands bills, including Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.
Missoulian; July 31

Washington State U. researcher puts cheatgrass enemy to test in Idaho
Ann Kennedy believes ACK55, a bacteria that naturally occurs in soils, is a natural enemy of cheatgrass, and the Washington State University is putting the bacteria to the test on cheatgrass on a 7-acre plot at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Canyon County.
Idaho Statesman; July 31

Japan agrees to resume imports of wheat from the United States
The discovery of genetically modified wheat in an Oregon field prompted Japan to suspend imports of soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest two months ago, but that country announced it will allow imports of U.S. Western wheat again on Aug. 1 and soft white on Aug. 7, news met with great relief from wheat growers in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 31

Summer Outdoor Retailer Market opens in Utah today
Lighter, more powerful equipment rules at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market that begins its four-day run Wednesday at a Salt Lake City convention hall, spilling outside under three tents, with more than 1,300 manufacturers and retailers touting their wares.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 31

Utah governor wins kudos for new outdoor recreation plan, post
Two weeks ago, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert named Brad Petersen the first director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, a post created within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, to help move Herbert's statewide outdoor recreation plan along.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 31

Drought, heat takes a toll on Utah crops
Hotter-than-normal temperatures and less rainfall, coupled with a late frost, has made this year a challenge for Utah's farmers and ranchers, as is a lack of workers to harvest cherries and other crops.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 31

Colorado company, Google snag Starbucks Wi-Fi contract
Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications and Google have signed a multiyear contract with Starbucks to improve Wi-Fi speeds at some 7,000 coffee shops, a handful of which are located in Colorado.
Denver Post; July 31

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