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Wyoming wolf count wrapping up

February 14, 2013

Wyoming biologists have been hard at work collaring and counting wolves in the five weeks since the state’s first regulated hunt of the canines came to a close.

Despite a highly charged wolf hunt this winter — when some famous research wolves were killed — Wyoming biologists say pack...

Agency to merge 2 Idaho forests

February 14, 2013

The Forest Service will consolidate management of the Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests in Idaho into one administrative office, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said this week.

The merger could save up to $2 million, since it will combine administrative positions and end...

Ski area report card dings four Colorado resorts over expansion plans

February 13, 2013

Ski-area expansions in Colorado and other Western states may please skiers, but they rile environmentalists.

The annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard — prepared by an environmental coalition including Denver's Rocky Mountain Wild — found nearly a third of Western ski areas surveyed in...

Senators reintroduce bill to protect Mont.'s North Fork

February 11, 2013

Montana's senators have reintroduced a measure that would bar future mining claims or oil and gas leasing in a wildlife-rich watershed in northern Montana.

The bill from Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester would honor existing rights in the North Fork watershed west of Glacier National...

YNP biologists struggle to maintain wolf research

February 10, 2013

Yellowstone National Park has lost a record number of wolves to this year’s hunting season, and that’s left scientists scrambling to keep years of research alive.

So far this year, hunters have killed 12 percent of the park’s wolf population, putting hunting well on its way to replacing...

Westerners say conservation vital to their economy

February 8, 2013

An overwhelming majority of Westerners believe public lands are essential to their state's economy and way of life, according to a public opinion poll released today.

The "State of the Rockies Conservation in the West" poll surveyed 2,400 registered voters in Colorado, Arizona, Montana,...

Crowd fills meeting on Thompson Divide drilling plans

February 7, 2013

Close to 100 people jammed into the Garfield County commissioners' meeting room on Tuesday to learn about drilling in the Thompson Divide area, and to object to it.

More than two dozen of those in the room spoke of concerns that largely were centered around possible ill health effects...

Obama chooses Interior Dept. head

February 6, 2013

President Obama has selected Sally Jewell, the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department, White House officials said Wednesday.

If confirmed, Ms. Jewell, a former oil company official and longtime advocate for conservation and outdoor recreation,...

Wyoming tourism grew in 2012

February 5, 2013

The tourism sector of Wyoming’s economy posted a banner year in 2012, with travel spending and tax revenues generated by that spending surpassing previous records, according to report prepared for the state tourism office.

Travel spending totaled $3.1 billion in 2012, eclipsing the...

National parks could get more cell, internet connectivity

February 4, 2013

Concern is being voiced in some circles about a plan to greatly increase cellular and Internet connectivity in some of the last places people might hope to get away from it all --national parks.

The plan is to be launched on a pilot basis. Rocky Mountain National Park is not on the short...

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