Tag Archives: Utah

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

Seasonal Changes to Visitor Access at Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur-National-Monument-The arrival of winter at Dinosaur National Monument brings changes to visitor access in some areas. In Utah, roads around the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall are maintained throughout the winter. The Cub Creek Road is Continue reading

State Officials Preparing for Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Colorado officials are preparing a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s decision to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. The Attorney General’s Office notified the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday that the state planned to sue. The state says that in listing the bird as threatened, the Fish and Continue reading

Mack Man Sentenced for Poaching

POACHING1A western Colorado outfitter who captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 56-year-old Christopher Loncarich of Mack was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years’ probation for illegally Continue reading

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed as Threatened

sage_grouse-300The Federal Government is going against the will of individual states, when it comes to listing sage grouse as threatened. That’s according to Governor Hickenlooper’s point man on sage grouse, John Swartout. Swartout says yesterday’s decision to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as threatened means that control of the species goes Continue reading

Judges Refuse to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

civil-union-3001State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court yesterday cleared the Continue reading

State Approves Incentive for Tarantino Film

tarantinoColorado has approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight.” The state Economic Development Commission approved the package Friday. Colorado’s incentives beat out those of Utah and Wyoming. The film could be filmed on a 900-acre ranch west of Telluride, depending on local permit approval. Budgeted at $44 million, the film would be the most significant production in Continue reading

Officials Remind Hunters to be Bear Aware

grizzly bearIn light of two recent bear attacks in Wyoming, one of them fatal, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging hunters who venture north into grizzly country to be “bear aware.” Sheriff Rich Haskell said that many county residents hunt in areas within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem identified by the Continue reading

EPA Asks for Extension in Bonanza Power Plant Decision

EPA-300A large number of comments and concerns has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to ask for more time to consider their demands of the Bonanza Power Plant in northeastern Utah. The EPA is acting on a mistake it made more than a decade ago, in which it allowed the plant to install equipment that actually raised the amount Continue reading

Gay Marriage Hearing Today

civil-union-3001Today’s hearing in federal appeals court in California on whether states should be allowed to ban same-sex marriage follows a similar case federal judges in Denver considered this summer. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Continue reading

Poacher Pleads Guilty

POACHING1A Colorado man pleaded guilty Friday to illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats as part of a scheme to make hunting the cats easier for their clients. Christopher Loncarich, of Mack, was indicted earlier this year on charges including transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife. Loncarich is Continue reading

Energy Group Launches Campaign against Sage Grouse Listing

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEWestern Energy Alliance has launched an ad campaign to educate westerners on how a listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) would Continue reading