Rockies Today, Sept. 3



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Unearthing of bison-kill site on Montana reservation creates controversy
In July, Bureau of Indian Affairs workers dug into a bison kill site on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, and in the seven weeks following the discovery, researchers have excavated a treasure trove of artifacts, and the tribe is mulling charges against the federal agency for violating the National Historic Preservation Act and not following National Environmental Protection Act in prepping the site for construction.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 3

Company seeking to build Montana rail line seeks delay on EIS work
The Tongue River Railroad has asked the federal Surface Transportation Board to delay work on an environmental review of the planned 42-mile rail line needed to develop the Otter Creek Coal tracts in Montana.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 3

Montana Sen. Tester optimistic about his Forest Jobs bill
Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act was first introduce in 2009, and the Montana Democrat is hopeful that the Senate subcommittee that heard the bill earlier this year will send it to the full Senate yet this session, and he's seeking the support of Montana's lone congressman, Rep. Steve Daines.
Ravalli Republic (Lee State Bureau); Sept. 3

Plum Creek to salvage log 7,000 acres burned by wildfire in Montana
More than 60 percent of the 11,000 acres burned by the Lolo Complex Fire in western Montana were owned by Plum Creek Timber Co., and company officials said they're assessing the damage done and will try to salvage what timber they can from the burned area.
Missoulian; Sept. 3

Utah to proceed with mountain goat plan despite USFS's objections
There have never been mountain goats in Utah's La Sal Mountains, and for that reason the U.S. Forest Service is objecting to Utah's decision to put the animals in the small island range near Moab to eventually allow trophy hunting of the goats.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 3

Colorado seeks permit for remote avalanche-blasting system
The remote avalanche-blasting system the Colorado Department of Transportation wants to install on Berthoud Pass is already being used in other western states, but the U.S. Forest Service is concerned about the environmental effect of a series of avalanches will have on wildlife and vegetation downhill from the pass.
Denver Post; Sept. 3

Kelley Fire in Idaho grows from 10 acres to 1,500 acres
While the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho is now fully contained, crews are battling the Kelley Fire near Featherville, which grew to 1,500 acres over the past week and is threatening some homes.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 3

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