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Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
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More news from the Rockies
New owner of ranch sold by Wyoming, Colorado colleges plans no changes
Pine Bluffs businessman Toby Kimzey identified himself as the new owner of the Y Cross Ranch, which sprawls across tens of thousands of acres in Wyoming between Cheyenne and Laramie, and which was donated in 1997 to the foundations of the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University to further agricultural education, a donation Denver philanthropist Amy Davis later regretted and lost her attempt to withdraw. Kimsey owns other ranches in Wyoming and said he intends to keep the Y Cross operating as a cattle ranch.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Sept. 4

Report: Contract to build Colorado VA center at core of problems
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its report on the problems at the VA Center in Aurora that said the use of a new contracting process laid the foundation for the myriad problems experienced in getting the health center in Colorado built, which is now years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.
Denver Post; Sept. 4

Crews have one Idaho wildfire 30% contained, another threatens Powell
The 148-square mile wildfire near Riggins is now 30 percent contained as rains move through that area of Idaho, while another wildfire near Powell has put residents of that town on alert for possible evacuation.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 4

Access restored in W. Montana as rain cools wildfires
A string of cooler weather systems bearing rain began to arrive in Western Montana on Thursday, stalling fire growth and allowing evacuation notices and access restrictions to be lifted.
Missoulian; Sept. 4

High winds, low humidity bring fire warnings in western third of Utah
A red flag warning went into effect at 10 a.m. on Friday for the western third of Utah as strong winds and humidity levels in the single digits were forecast for that area of the state. Travelers were also warned about the dangers of lower visibility due to dust and strong crosswinds on Interstate 80, U.S. 6 and state highways 56 and 21.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 4

Black bear bites sleeping firefighter, Idaho wildlife agents kill bear
A wildland firefighter was bitten by a black bear on Tuesday while he was resting in a tent in Central Idaho, and state wildlife officials said they trapped and killed a black bear in the area.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 4

Environment Colorado report ranks state 10th in solar-power generation
A report released Thursday by Environment Colorado ranked Colorado 10th in the nation in per-resident solar-generated power, putting the state in a good position to meet the requirements under the federal Clean Power Plan, according to Michael Rendon, president of the La Plata Electric Association.
Durango Herald; Sept. 4

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"W e'll never stop all wildfires, but if we can utilize that grass before it becomes fuel, then we can stop those fires before they get catastrophic. That’s why we say graze it, don’t blaze it."

Wyatt Prescott, executive director of the Idaho Cattle Association, saying more intensive grazing could have slowed the Soda Fire that burned 279,000 acres in Idaho, but a 2007 study done by the Bureau of Land Management found otherwise.
- Idaho Statesman

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