Tag Archives: Utah

Wildlife Officials Still Oppose Wolf Reintroduction

PARKS AND WILDLIFEColorado wildlife officials are considering reaffirming their opposition to reintroducing wolves to the state. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Friday considered a draft resolution that would reaffirm the commission’s 1980s positions against reintroduction. It argues that reintroduction could have a harmful impact Continue reading

Accident North Of Craig Claims One Life

highway-13-smallA Utah man died in a predawn accident Monday morning. The accident, about 20 miles north of Craig on Highway 13, occurred when the driver of the vehicle attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway, rolling his car. The driver, a 57 year old man from Vernal died at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle, a 51 year old woman from Missouri was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Both were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

Investigation Into EPA Spill Expanded

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is expanding its investigation into a toxic spill from an inactive Colorado mine to include questions about whether the agency was following its own rules when it triggered the blowout. The inspector general’s office said yesterday that it will add more than a dozen lines Continue reading

Entrance and Camping Fees Going Up at Dinosaur

Dinosaur-National-Monument-Dinosaur National Monument will increase its entrance and camping fees on January 1st in order to help fund maintenance and improvement projects within the monument. The monument’s entrance and camping fees were last Continue reading

Utah Man Leads Wyoming Authorities on High Speed Chase

whpA Utah man led Wyoming authorities on a high speed chase along I-80 on the afternoon of Halloween. According to State Police, 38-year old Thomas Wixom was driving a stolen vehicle when the pursuit started, at around 3:30 in the afternoon. When Wixom didn’t stop for law enforcement, stop stick tire deflation devices were set up ahead of him on the highway. The pursuit Continue reading

Congress Reviving Good Samaritan Laws

EPA-300Congressional Republicans are reviving “Good Samaritan” legislation that would offer some legal protection to companies and nonprofits if they work to clean up abandoned mines. The proposal was one of three bills the House Natural Resources Committee announced yesterday after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater Continue reading

Treatment Plant Operating at Site of EPA Spill

EPA-300A temporary treatment plant has begun cleaning up polluted water flowing from the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado after the Environmental Protection Agency sent millions of gallons of waste into rivers in three states. The EPA said Monday the $1.8 million plant is processing up to 800 gallons per minute, Continue reading

Dinosaur Turns 100

Dinosaur-National-Monument-Dinosaur Natinoal Monument celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend. Activities start tonight at the monument and will take place on both the Utah and Colorado sides. The monument was designated in 1915, and expanded Continue reading

Judge Rules BLM has No Authority over Fracking

frackingYesterday, U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl granted a preliminary injunction of the BLM’s hydraulic fracturing rule, finding that, “Congress has not Continue reading

Senator Trying to get Compensation for Communities Affected by EPA Spill

EPA-300U.S. Senator Tom Udall is expected to announce legislation aimed at compensating communities affected by the torrent of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled two Southwestern rivers. The New Mexico Democrat scheduled a conference call yesterday to discuss his plans. His office says the legislation would require water Continue reading

EPA to Build Wastewater Plant Near Gold King Mine

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency plans to build a wastewater treatment plant for an inactive Colorado gold mine after the agency triggered a 3-million-gallon spill of polluted water there last month. The EPA released documents yesterday outlining plans to quickly build the plant below the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led Continue reading

State Changes Notification System After EPA Spill

EPA-300The EPA’s wastewater spill at a Colorado mine has prompted state officials to expand the list of downstream users they warn after such disasters. Colorado officials notified only agencies inside their state after the EPA dumped 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals out of the Gold King mine August 5th, eventually reaching rivers Continue reading