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Against the flow

Rockies Today
Against the flow
By Mountain West News • Issue #257 • View online

On water rights and the rights of water
Small farms battle speculators over centuries-old water rights in drought-stricken Colorado
'Total water nerd' girds to tackle Western drought crisis
Ridgway grants 'rights' to its river, joining several Colorado towns in push for new water protections
A river's right to flow
Burnout
Firefighter trauma grows in the American West
Pilot killed while fighting wildfire near Estes Park reported turbulent conditions moments before crash
Federal infrastructure package raises firefighter pay
Inside the BLM's brain drain
Black, Asian employees hit hard by Trump's BLM HQ move
Trump’s BLM HQ move reduced Black employees, created mass vacancies, report says
BLM still facing vacancies from headquarters move after workers fled
Tracking deer
Longest-known deer migration (242 miles) near Jackson Hole in 3D
Longest-known deer migration (242 miles) near Jackson Hole in 3D
You’ll be amazed how far this deer in Wyoming migrated this past spring, and she’s been making the same trip for six years
In a grim milestone, CWD documented in two Idaho mule deer
CWD makes more inroads into elk feeding region
A boon for local meat processors is a hurdle for hunters
Headlines across Indian Country
The Labor Department's monthly jobs reports omit most economically stressed demographic—Native Americans
On Native American mascots and the meaning of historical oblivion
Tribes in Montana support truth and healing commission on boarding schools
A new film tells story of the Northern Arapaho effort to reclaim children's remains from a boarding school
Feds move to strengthen protection for Indigenous sacred sites on public lands
Tribes welcome infusion of money in infrastructure bill
'Rights of nature' tribal case may upend pipeline law
Dispatches from the energy transition
Bill Gates’ vision for next-generation nuclear power in Wyoming coal country
Regulators can't agree on pollution standards for the Bridger coal plant. One unit is almost out of time.
Western U.S. coal production surged in Q3 to meet increased demand
Energy crisis gives Canada oil sands windfall for green projects
Largest rooftop solar array in Montana now operational at Missoula jail
In Colorado, Biden’s infrastructure bill could help low-income residents ditch fossil fuels
Colorado closer to meeting emission-reduction goals with 2021 legislation, but still not there
UM climate expert: COP26 effects could ripple across Montana
What else we're reading today
Contrary to popular belief, no great migration in pandemic
CDC again tightens blood lead standard for young children: EPA’s action levels for lead in Butte soil now even more outdated
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming the outdated hardrock mining law
California, Arizona and Nevada in talks on new plan to save Colorado River water
In Colorado’s rivers, genetic research helps rainbow trout rebound
Connecting the dots between B.C.’s floods, landslides and the clearcut logging of old forests
Williams faces questions in confirmation hearing for U.S. Fish and Wildlife director
Utah Division of Wildlife purchases 8,000-acre property, marking largest sale in SITLA history
Opinion: The gentrification of wilderness
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, fellow in regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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