Rockies Today, Oct. 10



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Montana FWP works on an app for issuing permits for roadkill harvests
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission is expected to approve today regulations on the new law that allows motorists to salvage roadkill, with a change that will allow drivers to apply online for a permit and print it out from their own computer, and the state is accepting bids for a smartphone application for such permits.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Oct. 10

Report tracks shutdown's costs to national parks
A report issued by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees said that the federal government's shutdown that closed national parks and monuments has cost the U.S. economy $750 million in the first ten days, with Yellowstone National Park representing $9,452,054 of that loss; Glacier National Park $3,076,712; and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where visitors travel in October to view the eye-popping fall foliage, has lost $23 million.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 10

Utah governor offers to loan Interior Dept. money to open national parks
Gov. Gary Herbert said he talked with Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday and offered to loan the federal government the necessary money to get national parks and monuments in the Beehive State open again, and he said that his offer has precedent, as Arizona loaned the federal government money during the 1996 shutdown to keep the Grand Canyon open.
Deseret News; Oct. 10

Shutdown throttles businesses in Utah community near Zion NP
October is usually a busy time of year for Springdale, as tourists stop in the Utah town on their way to or from Zion National Park, but the shutdown has left the community's streets quiet, although the IMAX theater in town, which is now showing documentaries about the park, which is, for now, the only way to experience the park.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 10

Wyoming, Chesapeake Energy deal in sage grouse area under fire
Gov. Matt Mead said that Chesapeake Energy's private mineral holdings in the special sage grouse management area in Wyoming's Converse County made the agreement with the company a unique situation, and one that's not likely to be replicated, but other stakeholders in the sage grouse conservation effort criticized the behind-closed-doors negotiation of the deal and said that if such a deal can be struck in one management area, it certainly opens the door for future deals in other parts of the state.; Oct. 8

Two grazing allotments in Idaho wilderness permanently retired
The Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund, a group co-founded by the Western Watersheds Project, announced an agreement that will permanently retire two grazing allotments that cover 203 square miles in southwestern Idaho.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 10

Wyoming closes another hunting zone as wolf quota is met
Hunters have taken eight of the 26 wolves allowed to be killed this hunting season in the northwest corner of Wyoming, where wolves are designated as trophy animals, and quotas have now been met in two of the hunting areas, while in the remainder of the state where wolves are categorized as predators, 28 have been killed.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 10

Colorado PUC retains role in Xcel-Boulder dispute
On Wednesday, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission ruled that it should be the one to decide what assets now owned by Xcel that Boulder can declare eminent domain over to acquire them for the Colorado city's future municipal electricity utility, and that Boulder must not only pay Xcel for those assets but pay the replacement value for assets needed to maintain the system's integrity.
Boulder Daily Camera; Oct. 10

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