Rockies Today, March 20



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

New report blares alarm on climate change
The American Association for the Advancement of Science released a report Tuesday that paints a stark picture on human-caused climate change, and warns that the window for addressing the drivers of that change is rapidly closing.
New York Times; March 20

Alberta premier announces resignation
Just 896 days after becoming Alberta's first woman premier, Alison Redford announced she was resigning.
Calgary Herald; March 20

Tory caucus selects Dave Hancock as interim premier of Alberta
On Thursday morning, the Tory caucus named Deputy Premier Dave Hancock as interim premier of Alberta.
Calgary Herald; March 20

BLM approves ExxonMobil's R&D plans for oilshale leases in W. Colorado
ExxonMobil must now get approval from the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety for its research and development projects on oilshale leases on federal land southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County, before the projects can move forward.
Durango Herald (Grand Junction Sentinel); March 18

Ski Utah, seven resorts release plan for ONE Wasatch
At a news conference on Wednesday, Ski Utah and representatives of Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort announced their collaboration to create ONE Wasatch, an interconnection to link all the resorts and allow skiers to ski all seven on one ticket.
Deseret News; March 20

U.S. House members urge Interior secretary to drop wolf delistng plan
On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a letter signed by 74 U.S. House representatives, urging her to back away from the plan to remove federal protection for wolves across most of the lower 48 states.
Ravalli Republic (AP); March 20

Report: Tourists poured $7.4 billion into Utah's economy in 2012
A report issued by the University of Utah's Eccles School of Business's Bureau of Economic and Business Research said that tourism was the top industry in revenue producing for the years 2008 through 2012, with $7.4-billion in tourism-related spending for the year 2012.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 20

Conference Board of Canada bullish on Alberta's economic outlook
A report issued today by the Conference Board of Canada said Alberta will lead the country in economic growth this year, but cautioned that the province's energy-driven economy could suffer due to a lack of pipelines to move oil to market.
Calgary Herald; March 20

University of Utah had role in discovering 'absurd' dinosaur in the Dakotas
Emma Schachner, a researcher at the University of Utah, talks about her role in the discovery and naming of the Anzu wyliei, a new type of a birdlike dinosaur unearthed in the Dakotas that has been nicknamed the "chicken from hell."
Salt Lake Tribune; March 20

'Chicken from hell' once roamed the Dakotas
For nearly a decade, scientists have been trying to piece together bones discovered in a sedimentary rock layer known as the Hell Creek Formation in three locations in North and South Dakota, and the oviraptorosaur they've discovered, was an 11-feet-long, 500-pound, beaked, clawed, feathery beast nicknamed the "Chicken from Hell."
Washington Post; March 20

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