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Barreling along

Rockies Today
Barreling along
By Mountain West News • Issue #312 • View online

A crude railroad and the oil and gas gravy train
Utah’s proposed oil railroad clears final regulatory hurdle
Utah crude trains could be rolling through Colorado after Forest Service denies objections to new rail line
New Mexico's oil and gas revenues are breaking records and complicating budgets
$1.2 billion in sales of Permian Basin lands in New Mexico announced as fuel demand grows
Quitting oil income is hard, even for states that want climate action
Biden plan could advance massive Arctic oil project
Transitional states
Energy-producing states lag in latest economic numbers
Western solar boom threatens wildlife's home on the range
After 10 years, this Utah alternative energy tax credit has yet to pay out any money
Could Wyoming supply the U.S. with rare earth elements?
An investment to rival those of I-70 and DIA
Idaho receives $28 million to build EV charging stations every 50 miles of interstate
Magic Valley commissioners say residents are opposed to proposed wind farms
The capital of wind and solar power in Canada? It’s Alberta
Bad air
Colorado’s efforts are not enough to solve its ozone problem
Trouble in the ozone
Common approach to keeping wildfire smoke out of U.S. homes doesn’t work, Stanford study finds. Better policies can help
Reckonings
How this tribe survives in Colorado's worst drought region with as little as 10% of its hard-won water supply
‘I could go missing tomorrow’
CSKT make pitch to bring Big Medicine back home to bison range
Water wire
White House weighs in on Lower Snake River dam breaching in unusual power play
A 150-year-old San Luis Valley farm stops growing food to save a shrinking water supply. It might be the first deal of its kind in the country
Agriculture accounts for most of Colorado’s water use. How much water savings is possible on high-country hay meadows?
Blue Mesa Reservoir is half-full because of aridification and downstream obligations
New EPA guidelines on PFAS 'forever chemicals' put Frisco far over drinking water limits
They're here: Flathead Lake Biological Station, visiting researcher, examine microplastics
Gut shots
Effort to kill guns-and-ammo tax in name of 2nd Amendment is opposed by hunters and the gun industry
Idaho Rep. Fulcher cosponsors bill to remove gun and ammunition tax which funds wildlife conservation
Where elk strike pastureland, Wyoming seeks separate, special hunts
Advisory group recommends Montana elk hunters choose weapon, season
Wandering grizzly killed near Libby
What else we're reading today
Short-term rentals spike in western Montana
Burned Out: How B.C. is learning to live with wildfires
Is burying power lines fire-prevention magic, or magical thinking?
Much of Yellowstone is back open, but repairs could take 3 to 5 years to complete
The secret formula that ski resorts rely on, and why four Park City residents want to expose it
Ski factory disruptions from Russia-Ukraine war hit Missoula shops
University of Idaho researchers find correlation between pesticides and cancer
As heat rises, who will protect farmworkers?
Colorado takes over 106 oil, gas wells from two companies facing violations
Rate of Arctic warming faster than previously thought
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, associate director of regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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