Rockies Today, Aug. 15



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Montana, tribe reach deal on tribe-to-tribe bison transfer
Under an agreement signed Tuesday between the State of Montana and the Fort Belknap Tribe, 35 genetically pure bison will be transferred to the tribe from the Fort Peck Reservation.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 15

Blackfeet Tribe says leases on sacred mountain in Montana canceled
The Blackfeet Tribal Council released a statement Wednesday that leases for energy development on Chief Mountain had been canceled on July 24, and that the leases were actually on an area of the reservation in Montana at least two miles from the mountain, which the tribe considers sacred.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 14

Group files lawsuit challenging logging project in Montana national forest
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday challenging the Rennic Stark project in the Lolo National Forest in Montana, which would commercially log 1,976 acres, thin an equal number of acres, perform prescribed burns on 1,976 acres, and rebuild and maintain an estimated 34 miles of already existing roads.
Missoulian; Aug. 15

Dropping water levels in Lake Powell may prompt historic action
Under a 2007 agreement signed by Upper and Lower Colorado River Water Users, if water levels in Lake Powell drop below 3,575 feet above sea level, annual releases from Glen Canyon Dam will be reduced by 750,000 acre feet, or about enough water for 1.5-million homes, and with water levels in the lake on the Utah-Arizona border on Wednesday at 3,592 feet and dropping a few inches each day, curtailment of releases from the dam seems likely.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 15

Colorado congressman's hydropower bill signed into law
Last Friday, President Barack Obama signed Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton's bill that will allow companies to install hydroelectric projects on existing pipes, canals and ditches under the authority of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Durango Herald; Aug. 15

Elk Complex Fire in Idaho destroys 38 homes, burns nearly 112,000 acres
Fire managers on the Elk Complex Fire in Idaho said 38 primary residences were among the 81 structures destroyed by the fire, which has burned across nearly 112,000 acres.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 15

Hundreds of homes remain evacuated as Utah wildfire rages
The Rockport 5 Fire burning in Utah has destroyed 14 homes and 20 outbuildings in three subdivisions near Park City since Tuesday.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 15

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