Rockies Today, Sept. 18



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Annual report: Most Yellowstone-area grizzly deaths occur in Wyoming
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team published its annual report for 2012 last week that said 91 percent of the 34 "human-related" grizzly bear deaths in the Yellowstone Ecosystem occurred in Wyoming, which contains about two-thirds of the grizzly bear habitat in the ecosystem.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Sept. 18

Oracle, Boeing execs vow dedication to Montana, jobs at Butte summit
At the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte on Tuesday, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney announced the company would spend $35 million to expand its operations in Helena, adding between 20 and 25 jobs there, and Safra Catz, the president of Oracle, said the company will focus on the cloud technology services provided at its operations in Bozeman.
Montana Standard (Lee State Bureau); Sept. 18

Dozens of dead whitetail deer reported in Western Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel have collected tissue and blood samples from some of the 103 dead whitetail deer found along the Clark Fork River in Western Montana to determine if they died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease, which is transmitted by biting gnats, and which has decimated deer populations in the eastern part of the state.
Missoulian; Sept. 18

Hearing on Washington state coal-export terminal draws colorful crowd
On Tuesday in Longview, an estimated 2,000 people showed up for the first hearing hosted by Cowlitz County and the Washington state Department of Ecology on Millennium Bulk Terminals' proposal to build a $643-million dock at the old Reynolds Metals site in the Washington state city to export 44-million tons of coal, and among the 150 people to speak at the hearing was Dawson Dunning, who owns a ranch in Montana adjacent to a proposed coal mine and who spoke against the project.
The Daily News; Sept. 18

Race is on in flood-ravaged Colorado to rebuild roads before winter
As floodwaters recede and rescue operations conclude in communities across Colorado, work begins to assess the damage done to roads and bridges and then rebuild key routes before winter puts an end to construction season.
Denver Post; Sept. 17

Hundreds of Coloradans mull where they'll live
Flooding destroyed access roads to Jamestown and Lyons, where residents had to be airlifted out of those Colorado communities, and now residents are mulling when — or if — they'll be returning home.
Christian Science Monitor; Sept. 18

National park in Utah latest to institute 'pack-out-your-poop' rules
Utah's high desert climate doesn't allow quick breakdown of buried human waste, and in some areas of Canyonlands National Park, campers will be required to pack out their waste, a rule that has been in place in other areas of Southern Utah for years, and one that is currently under consideration by Grand Canyon National Park officials.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 18

Starbucks asks customers to leave their guns at home
Starbucks announced Tuesday that it was changing its policy of allowing people to openly carry their guns into their shops and asked customers to respect the family-friendly coffee chain's request to not bring their guns into those shops.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Sept. 18

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