Rockies Today, Aug. 20



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Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho's Wood River Valley stalls
The wildfire that forced 2,200 Ketchum and Sun Valley residents from their homes and put thousands of others on high alert calmed a bit on Monday, and some evacuees in Idaho's Wood River Valley were allowed to return home.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 20

Idaho wildfire forces evacuation of Atlanta, closes Sawtooth Rec Area
The Little Queens Fire, which was first reported in Idaho on Saturday, forced the closure Monday of a portion of the Sawtooth Recreation Area and the evacuation of Atlanta, a small community near Stanley.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 20

Wildfire in W. Montana now at 5,000 acres, some homes lost
The West Fork Fire and the Schoolhouse Fire, both burning west of Lolo in Western Montana, are now known as the Lolo Creek Complex, which is estimated to be 5,000 acres in size and fire managers said some homes have been lost to the blaze.
Missoulian; Aug. 20

Montana governor declares emergency in 31 counties
A fast-moving wildfire in western Montana will likely make Missoula County one of the first of the 31 counties in which Gov. Steve Bullock declared an emergency to request help from the Montana National Guard.
Missoulian; Aug. 20

Wyoming's federal lawmakers urge state be exempt from fracking rules
In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Wyoming U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, formally requested that the state be exempt from federal rules on hydraulic fracturing since the state already has such rules in place.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 20

Idaho's Treasure Valley a hotbed for call centers
Last year there were 34 call centers employing nearly 5,600 workers in the Treasure Valley, and with the announcement that Maximus will be coming to the Idaho valley, an additional 1,800 workers will be needed for that call center.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 20

Idaho rancher says wolves drove sheep into pileups, killing 176
A Teton Valley rancher said two wolves hazed his 2,400 sheep grazing on an allotment in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho into piles, causing 119 lambs and 57 ewes to suffocate, but Palisades District Ranger Tracy Hollingshead said the wolves were responsible just for killing two sheep as sheep are prone to pile up for a number of reasons.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 20

Two more counties in NE Colorado put secession measure on ballots
Dissatisfaction with legislation on gun control, agricultural and energy issues passed by the Legislature has fomented secession discussions in northeastern Colorado, and this week Weld and Phillips county commissions voted to put the measure before voters this November, joining Yuma, Cheyenne and Sedgwick counties, and Logan, Washington and Kit Carson county commissioners will vote on such measures this week, too.
Denver Post; Aug. 20

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