Rockies Today, Aug. 2



County commissioners question Montana legislative survey on federal lands
The Montana Legislature put together a survey on federal lands management that was mailed to county commissions in counties where 15 percent or more of the lands within their borders were owned by the federal government, and in Lewis and Clark County, the individual commissioners had decidedly different takes on the questions.
Helena Independent Record; Aug. 2

Groups appeal dismissal of Montana energy leases to 9th Circuit Court
The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project have appealed the federal court decision rendered in June that dismissed the groups' challenge of oil and gas leases in Montana to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Aug. 2

Visits to Montana cities affected by coal-train traffic not part of study
The Washington State Department of Ecology does not, at this point, plan to visit Montana cities that would see an increase in coal train traffic should the proposed terminal to export coal be built at the Port of Vancouver, but analysts with the department said they would extrapolate data from cities of similar size in Washington state through which coal trains pass to assess the effect the terminal would have on the Big Sky State cities.
Missoulian; Aug. 2

Idaho wilderness wildfire grew by 1,000 acres on Wednesday
The Gold Pan Fire burning in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho is now 16,318 acres, but on Thursday, the fire was less active as thunderstorms dropped rain on the area.
Missoulian; Aug. 2

Alberta oilsands operations erode aboriginals' way of life
New York Times photographer Ian Willms spent several months over a period of three years in Alberta's oilsands country, photographing how oilsands operations have changed the lives of the Fort McKay First Nation, providing a glimpse of how lives will change for the Mikisew Cree as operations move closer to Fort Chipewyan.
New York Times; Aug. 2

Lummi Tribe officially protests Washington state coal terminal plan
The Army Corps of Engineers has in the past rejected projects to which tribes object, and with the Lummi Tribe formally protesting the Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point in northwest Washington, that project could be derailed.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Aug. 2

Idaho musn't let Luna's heavy-handed approach scuttle Wi-Fi contract
The contract Tom Luna signed to provide Idaho high schools with a Wi-Fi network is a screaming deal for the state, as you can tell from the political rhetoric about the multiyear contract — which focuses primarily on Luna's decision to forge ahead without getting consensus.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 2

Six lightning-caused wildfires burning in southcentral Idaho
In addition to a handful of small wildfires started by lighting on Wednesday, which were immediately put out by crews, there are six wildfires that have been burning since Monday in southcentral Idaho, with the 9,900-acre Black Ridge Fire near Dietrich the largest.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 2

Glanbia's research center revives Idaho city's downtown
There will be a grand opening celebration next week for Glanbia's 14,000-square-foot Cheese Innovation Center and its three-story, 35,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in downtown Twin Falls, where city officials said the addition of dozen of jobs will provide a draw for new businesses.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 2

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