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Coalition of states argues for mineral royalties

April 29, 2013
Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau has signed his name to a letter from a coalition representing lawmakers in 11 states that opposes the federal government’s withholding of some mineral royalties to energy-producing states as a result of federal budget cuts. In Wyoming, the amount that the feds are...

Bipartisan bill would help preserve watershed in...

April 29, 2013
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) are joining forces on a bipartisan effort to help protect a pristine watershed inside the San Juan National Forest. Bennet yesterday introduced the "Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013," S. 841, which would designate nearly...

Yellowstone wildfire plans aim for more...

April 29, 2013
Park are getting new guidelines that rely more on experience and judgment and less on set rules. With recent approval from the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, the rewrite will allow firefighters to adopt an approach that emphasizes flexibility. The OK from Park Service higher-ups...

Colo. reissues key permit for controversial...

April 29, 2013
Colorado regulators have granted Toronto-based Energy Fuels Inc. a new license to build the country's first conventional uranium mill in three decades. Yesterday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's radiation program said the company had met all the requirements for a...

New federal rules do more good than harm to the...

April 29, 2013
The benefits outweighed costs of most of the major rules and regulations that federal agencies issued last year, according to a report released yesterday by the White House. The Office of Management and Budget is required to provide a report to Congress each year on the costs and benefits of new...

U.S. looks to drop gray wolves from endangered...

April 29, 2013
Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. The sweeping rule by...

Concerns about Gateway West route could lead to...

April 29, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management this week plans to unveil the final environmental review of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a regulatory milestone for a project the Obama administration has made a top priority. But the final environmental impact statement (EIS) set...

USFWS proposes protections for Sierra Nevada...

April 26, 2013
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing a species of frog and toad under the Endangered Species Act. The Yosemite toad and Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog populations have decreased due to livestock grazing, fungal infections, pesticides and hungry non-native trout. The proposal to save...

Utah unveils final sage grouse plan to mixed...

April 26, 2013
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) today unveiled a final state plan for the imperiled greater sage grouse that he and others say will restore dwindling grouse habitat and prevent the bird from being listed as an endangered species. But conservation groups that have reviewed the plan say it misses the mark...

Wyo. wants sequestered royalty cash to buy Teton...

April 26, 2013
State Rep. Keith Gingery, of Jackson, is lobbying the state’s U.S. senators to fight for $53 million in mineral royalty payments withheld by the federal government. If Wyoming’s representatives can regain the money, it could fund a deal for hundreds of acres in Grand Teton National Park. In 2010,...
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