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Saturday, 08 October 2016 05:59

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  • The Sage Grouse: an awkward bird symbolizes the fight over America’s West

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    Well before dawn, near the Little Snake River in southern Wyoming, Pat and Sharon O’Toole’s pickup bounces up a broad, sage-covered valley, where the family has run livestock for five generations. Pat turns off the headlights and rolls toward a clearing.View Original Article

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  • Inside the new battle for the American West

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    Deep in a box canyon in Utah, in the heart of the fractured land known as Bears Ears National Monument, there is a cave—a swooping, mineral-streaked alcove in a sandstone cliff. In December 1893 a rancher-explorer named Richard Wetherill pushed his way through dense reeds and discovered inside that alcove a stacked-stone ruin where a prehistoric group of Native Americans once lived.View Original Article

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  • Fracking unlikely to meet Mexico’s growing natural gas demands

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    Mexico’s demand for natural gas is expected to grow by as much as 10 percent over the next few years, but unlike in the U.S., fracking isn’t expected to help meet much of that demand.View Original Article

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  • Commentary: NID, Centennial Dam and our water future

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    It has been four years since Nevada Irrigation District (NID) passed closed-session Resolution 2014-43, authorizing a water rights application for a “water storage project on the Bear River” without any public comment or board discussion. This was the beginning of Centennial Dam. Since then, SYRCL and others have tried to bring Centennial Dam into public purview to promote transparency and open dialogue.View Original Article

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  • CDC releases latest U.S. Legionnaires’ disease data

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    Legionnaires’ disease, a pneumonia-like illness, is the deadliest waterborne disease in the United States, killing about one in eleven people it sickens. There were 6,079 cases reported nationally in 2015 and 5,166 in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s first detailed report on Legionnaires’ disease occurrence. The rate of reported cases is rising rapidly, increasing four and a half times since 2000.View Original Article

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  • Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

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    Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab.View Original Article

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  • Sides spar over water permit for refinery near national park

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    A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday.View Original Article

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  • News Release: Bureau of Reclamation releases report on reservoir operations pilot study for Washita Basin in Oklahoma

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    The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report that identifies innovative approaches to improve drought resiliency within the Washita Basin in Oklahoma. The study specifically looked at Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs, and the approach can be applied anywhere across the Western United States. The study showed that a repeat of paleo droughts could have far greater impacts on reservoir yield than the observed drought of record. The study also predicted the probability of paleo droughts being worse than the observed drought of record, and hence quantified the risks of a reservoir not fulfilling its intended purposes under different drought scenarios.View Original Articleread more

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  • South Tahoe Public Utility District names new GM to replace retiring Richard Solbrig

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    With longtime general manager Richard Solbrig retiring in January, South Tahoe Public Utility District was in need of a new leader. Now, the district believes it has found its man. John Thiel, a 26-year veteran of the utility district, has been tapped to take the reigns at STPUD following Solbrig’s retirement.View Original Article

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  • Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Vegas-area water managers advance Colorado River drought plan

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    The Latest on drought contingency plans being considered by states that rely on the Colorado River … Las Vegas-area water managers have become the first to advance a multi-state drought contingency plan that officials hope will ease the effects of Colorado River water shortages. Related Articles: Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada takes first sip of Colorado River drought planAssociated Press: Major Colorado River water user floats Arizona drought planArizona Republic: Arizona water agency floats proposal as negotiations on Colorado River deal continue​ ​Related Blog Post:  jfleck at inkstain: Should Arizona not get its act together, hints of a six-state Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan View Original Articleread more

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