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January 7 · Issue #57 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Colorado to vote on wolf reintroduction
It’s official: Wolves are headed to Colorado’s 2020 ballot It’s official: Wolves are headed to Colorado’s 2020 ballot
For more than 25 years, Rob Edward, president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, has dreamed of returning wolves to Colorado.
His vision is now much closer to reality.
On Monday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced Edward’s campaign had gathered an estimated 139,333 valid signatures — above the 124,632 signatures needed to earn a place the 2020 ballot. If it passes, the measure would require state wildlife managers to reintroduce wolves to Western Colorado by the end of 2023.
“We are extremely excited to move into the general campaign and have a full-throated conversation with Coloradans about what it means to have wolves on the landscape again,” Edward said.
The measure — tentatively known as Initiative 107 — promises a new kind of battle over the controversial predators. In other states, wildlife officials have decided how to manage the animals. The Colorado ballot measure is the first time voters in any state will choose whether to bring back an endangered species.
Meanwhile…
Forget the ballot: Wolves are already in Northwest Colorado
More wildlife news:
Scientists blast inaction on, denial of sage grouse troubles
Wyoming governor issues draft of migration corridor executive order
Dominion fires oilfield worker after he saved 50 waterfowl
Burn rate
Is PRB coal headed for gradual decline or sheer cliff? Is PRB coal headed for gradual decline or sheer cliff?
Meanwhile…
Shutdown of coal-fired plants in U.S. saves lives and improves crop yields
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.1% in 2019, Rhodium Group estimates
More energy and climate news:
Montana grants mining company 65 more days to fix permitting issues
Oxy, Total partner on carbon capture project in Colorado
Utah think tank says state should cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050
Utah launches opt-in mileage charge for alternative-fuel vehicles
Despite Prop 112’s loss, Colorado’s fracking foes are back with 6 new ballot measures
Alberta oilfields could give rise to lithium industry fueled by electric cars
Alberta NDP urges government to shut down energy war room following cavalcade of errors
Pendley channels Robert Burford
Federal lands chief makes mark on agency — even though his position is not permanent Federal lands chief makes mark on agency — even though his position is not permanent
Robert Burford? The Times reported on his tenure after he resigned from the BLM in 1989:
Farewells, fond and otherwise, for land director
Meanwhile…
House Natural Resources chair pushes for justification for BLM move while eyeing subpoena
Losing ground
Opinion: Saving Idaho farmland is going to take more than goodwill — but it may be too late Opinion: Saving Idaho farmland is going to take more than goodwill — but it may be too late
What else we're reading today
What it takes to keep independent grocery stores open in rural communities
Feds propose opening Utah’s San Rafael Desert to more motorized use
Multiagency effort spawns giant forest, recreation project in Pend Oreille County
High hopes: What's happened to Colorado's Napa Valley of weed?
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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