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Burning questions

Rockies Today
Burning questions
By Mountain West News • Issue #330 • View online

On forest management in the age of megafire
Colorado forest lovers brace as feds rev up multi-billion-dollar 'wildfire crisis' logging across West
Should Jeffco's forests be thinned? 25,000 acres of trees would like to know.
How New Mexico’s largest wildfire set off a drinking water crisis
Pelosi: U.S. has to do more to help with wildfire recovery
California spends billions rebuilding burned towns. The case for calling it quits
Western forests, snowpack and wildfires appear trapped in a vicious climate cycle
Holy smoke
Stanford researchers find wildfire smoke is unraveling decades of air quality gains
As wildfires become common, Idaho’s smoke season becomes a public health hazard
More public lands news
What new national monuments are likely under Biden?
Boebert calls proposed executive action to protect Camp Hale a land grab pushed by 'extremist environmentalists'
Corner crossing lawsuit is the latest fight over Mountain West land access
Report outlines threats to sagebrush sea, proposes priorities
Op-Ed: How the U.S. came to protect the natural world—and exploit it at the same time
Glacier National Park ends air tours with decades-late plan
As opposition mounts, longtime Holland Lake Lodge owner defends expansion proposal
On racism and resilience
The racism, and resilience, behind today’s Pacific Northwest salmon crisis
How Utah’s Tabby Mountain got caught up in a political hailstorm
Colorado schools that retired Native American mascots grapple with cultural shift
Families of missing and murdered Indigenous people call for help at Haaland event in Albuquerque
States return Indigenous oral histories to tribal control
Tribal leaders testify before Congress about sovereignty in legal systems
Home economics
To fill hundreds of empty snowplow seats, CDOT plans to offer state-owned housing to drivers
State budget writers fear consequences of Colorado voters approving affordable housing ballot measure
No easy fixes in sight for Wyoming’s statewide housing shortage
New play parodies Whitefish housing hypocrisy
The Viz: Montanans working from home
Denver tests direct cash assistance for people experiencing homelessness
Notes from the brink
Will Utah’s High Desert Trail push rare tortoise closer to extinction?
A Colorado fish tale that’s true: Rare greenback cutthroat trout are reproducing after relocation
Senate Republicans seek to stop federal agencies from banning lead ammo on public lands
State sets traps for Bitterroot grizzlies
In Colorado, a new plan aims to protect wildlife migration routes
Dispatches from the energy transition
Geothermal bubbles up as another way to fight climate change
San Juan Generating Station to close this week
Dozens march to NorthWestern Energy demanding action to tackle climate crisis
Oil industry seeks SCOTUS lifeline amid mounting setbacks
A petroleum PR blitz in New Mexico
A quarter of Colorado’s 981 orphan wells went dormant when one natural gas gathering system was shut down
Canada’s oil sands are making billions—and very little of it is going to net-zero commitments
Barrasso, Rocky Mountain Power say storage constraints a challenge
Solar farm proposed near Wyoming-Colorado border
What else we're reading today
The photographic search for true West
These Colorado programs are helping beginning farmers overcome huge challenges
The toxic death cap mushroom has made it to the Mountain West. Now what?
At Colorado’s largest reservoir, one national park scientist shifts her focus to toxic algae
While you’re asleep, millions of birds will migrate over Colorado this month
How to prevent a hike from resulting in a heist
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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