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Clearing the air

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Rockies Today

May 15 · Issue #118 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Clearing the air
New data shows how much cleaner Utah’s air is during the pandemic. Will it drive future decisions? New data shows how much cleaner Utah’s air is during the pandemic. Will it drive future decisions?
Be sure to explore the study’s interactive map, which allows you to compare NO2 levels during the second half of March in 2019 and in 2020. A GIF that includes Denver and Salt Lake City:
Meanwhile…
Decades after the 'brown cloud' was part of life in Denver, the stay-at-home orders may have shown a way out
Urban air quality improves as coronavirus empties U.S. highways: NOAA
Eclipsing coal
In a first, renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in U.S. In a first, renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in U.S.
Energy transition to be shaped by world response to COVID-19
More coal news from the region:
U.S. coal tonnage, jobs fell sharply in Q1 as layoffs in wake of COVID-19 continue
Guernsey braces for layoffs as coal’s decline quiets the rails
Wyoming weighs contentious Ramaco coal mine permit, again
Judge probes NEPA review for coal leasing reboot
Arch Coal mine polluting air without proper permit, lawsuit Says
Parks and travel bugs
National park reopenings raise fears of coronavirus outbreaks National park reopenings raise fears of coronavirus outbreaks
Yellowstone National Park’s Wyoming entrances to open next week
Area health officials preparing for Yellowstone's reopening, possible spike in cases
'We just want to take it slow': Banff prepares to welcome back visitors as return from 'ghost town' nears
A lull in the cull
Wildlife Services to cut back killings pending environmental review Wildlife Services to cut back killings pending environmental review
More wildlife news:
Bear managers report busy spring for grizzly conflicts
Book review: 'Journey of the Bitterroot Grizzly Bear'
Lake trout numbers decline in Yellowstone
Fish and Game commission rejects petition asking for mandatory signs near wildlife traps
What else we're reading today
Colorado faces $6.8 billion coronavirus hit to state budget in coming years, new forecast projects
Work or stay home? It’s a matter of survival.
Western states lead the way in vote-by-mail elections
Wildfire base camps are prone to coronavirus outbreaks, government report says
Wildfire plan approved with 435 miles of Idaho fuel breaks
Heinrich says permanent LWCF funding on the horizon
E-bike access riling Colorado public lands users as BLM plans rule to open non-motorized trails
Leading natural gas producer in Wyoming files for bankruptcy
North Dakota aims to use COVID-19 aid to plug oil wells
Opinion: A life on and off the Navajo Nation
It’s time to uproot American newspapers from hedge funds and replant them in more hospitable ground
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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