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Colstrip, Craig and Centralia in transition

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Rockies Today

March 5 · Issue #87 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Colstrip, Craig and Centralia in transition
Colstrip owner sees customer savings in exiting by 2025, plans to purchase Montana wind power Colstrip owner sees customer savings in exiting by 2025, plans to purchase Montana wind power
Craig, Colorado believes in coal. Now it needs a plan to reinvent itself
As U.S. coal plants shutter, one town tests an off-ramp
Trump pivots on LWCF
In a win for public lands, Trump vows to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund In a win for public lands, Trump vows to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund
One tweet from Trump just gave new hope for a conservation fund that the president had been trying to defund
Donald J. Trump
I am calling on Congress to send me a Bill that fully and permanently funds the LWCF and restores our National Parks. When I sign it into law, it will be HISTORIC for our beautiful public lands. ALL thanks to @SenCoryGardner and @SteveDaines, two GREAT Conservative Leaders!
Daines confident in Trump's new support for LWCF
More public lands news:
Most BLM employees reject mandatory reassignments, secretary says
As warming alters Alaska, can a key wildlife refuge adapt?
Alberta government plans to close parks, hand over others to third parties
New map encourages exploration—and protection—of Wyoming's Red Desert
Forest Service approves Whitefish Mountain Resort project
Helping the snow gods
Cloud seeding grows as weapon against global warming Cloud seeding grows as weapon against global warming
More on Western water:
Make it rare: How beef production saps scarce Western water
Utah House reaffirms intent to develop Colorado River water
Opinion: The dam truth about the Colorado River
Trump admin fights Columbia River ruling
Montana’s water is free of invasive mussels, meaning less risk for Colorado
MMIP visionaries confront invisibility
Kelsey Lansing's mission to stop violence against Native women Kelsey Lansing's mission to stop violence against Native women
Billings student takes MMIP speech to national competition
Brandi Johnson performs MMIP speech
More on MMIP from around the region:
Legislature passes bill to address violence against Indigenous women
MMIP task force 'Operation Lady Justice' to hold consultation in Billings
Addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Idaho
Alberta artist’s paintings of missing and murdered Indigenous women help families heal
Scaring mountain lions for science
Research in northeast Washington looks at effectiveness, long term impacts of hazing mountain lions Research in northeast Washington looks at effectiveness, long term impacts of hazing mountain lions
Washington wildlife commission to review possible cougar hunting rule changes
Don’t miss Sarah Gilman’s recent piece for High Country News:
The mystery of mountain lions
More wildlife news:
Moffat County wolves open up a new pack of issues
The tiger trout takeover
Jackson elk herd grows as hunt historically slow
Utah launches new website highlighting wildlife migration
Bernhardt defends bird treaty rule amid verbal combat in Senate
What else we're reading today
Tribes seek block on Keystone XL pipeline construction
Tribe wins right to fight Bakken oil shipments
A tenth of active and abandoned oil and gas wells in northeastern B.C. are leaking
Montana Supreme Court rejects Oregon man's defense that climate change threat justified actions
Spring is arriving earlier across the U.S., and that's not always good news
Colorado’s public health insurance option puts a bull’s-eye on hospital profits. But some rural facilities could make more.
This small company is turning Utah into a surveillance panopticon
After BYU Honor Code change, LDS Church now says same-sex relationships are ‘not compatible’ with the faith’s rules
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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