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PacifiCorp Offers Great Wind Construction From The Rocky Mountain Region
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A utility is proposing to build six wind farms that could provide enough electricity for more than one million homes in Wyoming and other states by 2024. PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Ore. , announced the plan this week. Wind farms would add more than 1,600 megawatts of electrical capacity in Wyoming. Combined with PacifiCorp’s plans for solar power, battery power and transmission proposals, the utility would add 3,200 megawatts of capacity. PacifiCorp does not yet say where specifically the projects will be built. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the proposals would focus wind development in Wyoming and Idaho, and solar and battery development in Utah and Oregon.
SHOSHONE NATION HUNTING RIGHTS
Northwestern Band of Shoshone sues Idaho over hunting rights
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Northwestern Shoshone Nation Band is suing Idaho Governor Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, claiming the state wrongly denied the tribe’s hunting rights guaranteed by the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Idaho earlier this week, asks a judge to declare that the Northwestern Band is protected by the treaty and that its members therefore have the right to hunt on unoccupied land. State attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Northwestern Band historically hunted, gathered, and fished in an area that included southeastern and southern Idaho, western Wyoming, and northern Utah.
NATIONAL DISEASE OF MONUMENTS-BATS
White-nose syndrome confirmed in bats in Wyoming for the first time
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – Two bats in northeast Wyoming’s Devils Tower National Monument have been found with the first confirmed cases of the deadly fungal disease in the state. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since the fungus first appeared in New York City in 2006. Tests have shown signs of the fungus in Southeastern bats. Wyoming in 2018. Devils Tower Resource Management Chief Russ Cash calls the recent confirmation at the park “disheartening and frustrating.” The Gillette News Record reports that the positive test results come as no surprise after cases in neighboring states. The disease has appeared in at least 37 states and seven Canadian provinces.
WESTERN HEAT WAVE EXPLICATOR
EXPLAINER: What is behind the heatwave in the American West?
PHOENIX (AP) – Much of the American West has been ravaged by sweltering heat this week as a high-pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to kick temperatures into triple digits. Daily records were set this week in parts of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Utah even before the official start of summer. Phoenix is ââcooking in one of the hottest climates in the American West and hit a record high 118 degrees on Thursday. Climatologists say that the early onset and intensity of the heat wave has a lot to do with a long-lasting drought in the region and climate change.