• January 22nd, 2010

    Science does confirm red dust melts CO snow
    "Strong scientific evidence shows that desert dust from the Colorado
    Plateau is causing early snowmelt in Colorado and that the majority of
    this dust is likely caused by human activity. So which human activities
    are causing this dust? ORVs, grazing, and oil and gas development are
    likely the biggest culprits since they are the main soil-destabilizing
    activities in this region." Read more- Aspen Times

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  • January 21st, 2010

    Monument critic gets it all wrong
    "Cedar
    City Daily News Bureau Chief Jennifer Weaver recently commented on the
    proposed American Red Rock Wilderness Bill. Her apparent disdain for
    conserving Utah's undeveloped public lands would seem to show her lack
    of appreciation for the fantastic area of the planet in which we are
    privileged to live." Read more – Spectrum

    Man jailed for illegal ATV trail
    "Building an illegal trail and clearing trees in the Gallatin
    National Forest will cost a Livingston man five months in federal
    prison, a fine and $25,000 restitution." Read more – Billings Gazette

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  • January 20th, 2010

    CO writer cites dust on snow threat

    "Breathable air and drinkable water are two
    critical criteria, keys to a long-term quality of life. And what provides these
    benefits? Wild lands." Read more – Aspen Times

    "Kicking and screaming, the BLM makes a deal"

    "It's taken much longer than it should have, but the world's longest
    outdoor art gallery will finally get some protection from the gas
    drilling that threatens it." Read more- High Country News

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  • January 19th, 2010

    Controversial nuke
    plant proposed along the Green River raises
    water supply concerns from diverse stakeholders

    "Power plants need water —
    lots of water — and the group working on a proposal for Utah's first
    nuclear power plant is asking the Utah Division of Water Rights to
    approve a proposal for a large diversion of water from the Green River.
    That was the subject of an all-day hearing in the town of Green River
    on Tuesday." Listen – KUER

    Talks to save Colorado's
    Roan Plateau from massive natural gas development still yield no
    solution

    "Western Colorado's Roan Plateau is the kind of place that should be
    declared off-limits under new federal energy leasing policies, said an
    attorney for environmental groups suing to limit drilling on the
    landmark. A coalition of groups is suing the federal government, claiming a 2007
    plan by the Bureau of Land Management for natural gas development on
    the plateau's public land didn't adequately analyze the potential
    impact." Read more – Associated Press

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  • January 14th, 2010

    SUWA fights in court to prevent road giveaways to counties

    "Environmentalists
    say they can't rely on government lawyers to safeguard Kane County's
    backcountry.
    That's why
    an attorney representing the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness
    Society and the Sierra Club went Wednesday to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
    and asserted that conservation groups should have a seat at the table when Kane
    County and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management decide the fate of more than a
    dozen roads that cross wilderness-quality public lands."  Read More – Salt Lake Tribune

    Choices between large-scale renewable utilities and conservation on public lands play out in California

    "It's easy to see why Schwarzenegger thought it was possible. Earlier
    that year, oilman T. Boone Pickens characterized the Southwest U.S. as
    the Saudi Arabia of solar power, offering the choicest elevation and
    sun strength in the world for optimal power generation. On that, everyone agreed. Where to put the solar panels continues to be a different story."  Read More – Newsweek

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