Briefs, Oct. 22, 2013
Meeting in Silt to discuss sage grouse
Alternatives for managing federal lands for Greater sage grouse on Bureau of Land Management and Routt National Forest lands in northwestern Colorado will be up for discussion this month.
The four management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for the birds will be outlined for participants who wish to offer public comment on the environmental-impact study.
The western Colorado meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River Valley Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, in Silt.
Other meetings will be in Walden, Lakewood and Craig.
Copies of the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-Grouse Draft RMP Amendment/Draft EIS are available online at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/wildlife/sage-grouse.html.
Peaks and canyons group to gather
Members of several nonprofit organizations associated with national parks and federal agencies will meet Wednesday and Thursday in Grand Junction.
The members of the Peaks, Plateaus & Canyons Association will meet at the Hampton Inn in Grand Junction for planning and visiting Colorado National Monument.
The association supports professionalism among member organizations through cooperation in mutually beneficial projects, networking and training.
The associations work with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service, operating more than 100 bookstores. They have contributed more than $6 million toward mission goals.
Deaths of 5 wolves worrisome to park
JACKSON, Wyo. — Wolf-watchers said they’re concerned that hunters may have killed five members of a well-known wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park.
Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said it’s impossible to determine if the two male and three female wolves killed recently in a hunt area northeast of Cody were all members of the Lamar Canyon Pack.
Recent counts put the number of wolves in the pack at 11.
State law prohibits Game and Fish employees from disclosing details about wolves killed in Wyoming’s annual wolf hunt.
Wolves of the Rockies President Marc Cooke says he believes the five wolves killed were from Yellowstone.
Court issues ruling on recall votes
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision in two Colorado legislative recall elections that voters do not have to first vote “yes” or “no” on the recall to have their votes for a successor validated.
The Colorado high court said Monday that a state constitutional requirement that voters must first vote on the recall before voting for a candidate violates rights to voting and expression under the U.S. Constitution. The court’s written ruling came in response to a question from Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The election went ahead as scheduled and Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo were ousted in an election seen as a national measure of popular support for gun legislation.
Utah utility to retire coal-fired plant
HELPER, Utah — One of Utah’s smallest power plants will close next year because of new federal limits on mercury emissions.
The Carbon Power Plant near Helper is slated for early retirement after 60 years. Rocky Mountain Power said the plant’s location inside a tight canyon doesn’t leave enough room for emissions controls.