JUDGE SAYS STOP TRAPPING WOLVERINES, DAMMIT
Okay, so, he didn’t say dammit. But he should have. There are only an estimated 300 wolverines left in the Northern Rockies, but Montana wants to allow sport trapping (didn’t know that was a sport, actually). District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said, “Balancing the loss of a ‘recreational harvest opportunity’ against the possible damage to a potentially endangered species, the court finds the equities lie in favor of issuing a temporary restraining order.” Montana argued the number it wanted to kill, five, was “conservative, sustainable and reasonable.” But really, five? What’s the point? Via Scientific American.
GROUP BUYS POWDER MOUNTAIN FOR $40 MILLION
Exactly what the Summit Series does is a little fuzzy. Summit is a group of young, altruistically oriented entrepreneurs who proclaim lofty and somewhat vague ideals. But there’s nothing vague about $40 million — that’s the amount the group raised to buy Powder Mountain in Utah, where they plan on building on their new headquarters. The ski area will remain open to the public. “Instead of overpowering nature, we’re looking at how we can preserve an environment of open spaces, uncompromising vistas and year-round adventure,” the group said. Via KSL.
GREG LEMOND WANTS TO BE CYCLING’S OVERLORD
Fresh off his “I told you so” moment with the fall and disgrace of Lance Armstrong, Greg Lemond is now turning his sights on taking over management of UCI, the governing body of bike racing. Current president Pat McQuaid has been running the UCI junkshow since 2005, and by almost all perspectives except his own has done a lousy job of it. A reformist group called Change Cycling Now pushed forward Lemond’s candidacy for the March 2013, and the 51-year-old cyclist, now the only American to have won the Tour de France, said, “I’m ready. I was asked and I accepted,” LeMond said. Via Cycling News.