Rockies Today, April 29



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Utah declares federal appeals decision on road, just a battle not the war
Harry Souvall, public lands section chief for the Utah Attorney General's Office, said last week's decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the state's and San Juan County's claim of ownership of a road in Canyonlands National Park would not affect the state's overall strategy in claiming ownership to some 12,000 other roads on federal lands.
Deseret News; April 29

Utah proposes a crow hunting season
Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), said a proposal to allow crow hunting would put the Beehive State in line with its western neighbors.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 29

Alberta utility defends maintenance schedule
At a meeting with the Calgary Herald, TransAlta Corp.'s president Dawn Farrell and board chair Gordon Giffin said the Alberta utility did not violate any regulations when it shut down coal-fired power plants on four occasions to do maintenance work.
Calgary Herald; April 29

Workplace deaths in Wyoming hit 5-year high in 2012
In 2012, 35 workers lost their lives on the job in Wyoming, a five-year high for such deaths, and at a Workers' Memorial Day event in Cheyenne on Monday, the bell in the State Capitol tolled once for each of those lives lost.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 29

Wyoming group, Colo. homeowner sue to stop Snowmass trail
After exhausting all administrative options, Wyoming-based The Ark Initiative and Scott Schlesinger, who owns homes in Colorado and Florida, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and White River National Forest for the approval of an access trail for skiers and snowboarders off Burnt Mountain.
Aspen Times; April 29

FBI: Navajo Nation homicides in 2013 top some metro areas
Last year there were 42 homicides on the Navajo Nation, which covers 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and with just 180,000 people living there, the reservation's rate of homicide surpasses that in Boston and Seattle, both of which are smaller in land mass and much larger in population.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); April 29

Colorado bill takes aim at improving cell service in mountain towns
Cellphone service in Colorado's mountainous areas is a hit-and-miss situation, and last week, the Colorado state House of Representatives voted 277-to-43 to approve a package of bills designed to ease telecommunications restrictions in the state. Second in a series about technology in Northwest Colorado.
Vail Daily; April 29

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