Rockies Today, Oct. 29



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Yellowstone NP winter outfitters concerned about concessions contracts
The mom-and-pop operations in Yellowstone National Park's gateway communities that have provided snowmachines to winter visitors are concerned that concessions contracts will go to large corporations and force them out of business.
Billings Gazette (; Oct. 29

Public comment sought on program to monitor Yellowstone Park's winter plan
The winter-use plan put in place by Yellowstone National Park isn't the last word on that issue, as park officials intend to monitor how well the plan is working and make changes as needed, and on Nov. 22 in Bozeman, park personnel will hold a public meeting on the Adaptive Management Program.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 29

Ten-year study in Alberta found warmer grizzly bears fatter, more fertile
A ten-year study of grizzly bears in Alberta that ended in 2008 found that a warming climate led to fatter, more fertile grizzly bears, and that while grizzly bears in the province's old growth forests tend to live longer, they are less fertile due to limited food sources, while bears living in more developed areas of the province have more access to food and are more fertile, but more prone to die from conflict with humans.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 29

High lead levels forces Montana DEQ to relocate
On Monday, the 98 employees of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality were told to go home as tests conducted in the former Armory building where the DEQ offices have been located since 2002 came back indicating high levels of lead.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 29

Alberta jobs focus of Montana economic symposium in Eureka
The "Work in Canada but live at home in Montana," symposium in Eureka on Nov. 4-5 will focus on recruiting Montana workers for jobs primarily in Alberta's oilsands operations, with some sessions examining products that can be made in the Big Sky State and exported north of the border.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; Oct. 29

Idaho legislators hear from tribes, timber industry on federal lands plan
The Idaho Legislature's Federal Lands Interim Committee met Monday to discuss potential legislation to transfer ownership of federal lands to the state, but tribal representatives who testified said if ownership of those lands would change, they should transfer to the original owners, the tribes.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 29

USFS says fewer arrests in Colorado national forest linked to budget cuts
The White River National Forest in Colorado is the nation's most visited forest, and arrests are down in that forest, primarily due to the fact that three of the forest's four law enforcement positions have been unfilled for most of the past three years.
Aspen Daily News; Oct. 29

Denver airport ranked 6th in the world for low-cost-carrier seats
A study done by Amadeus, which provides advanced technology solutions around the world for the travel industry, ranked four U.S. airports in the Top 10 for availability of low-cost airfares, with Las Vegas ranked fifth, Denver sixth, Chicago ranked seventh and New York ninth.
Denver Post; Oct. 29

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