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Critical minerals, sacred grounds

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Critical minerals, sacred grounds
By Mountain West News • Issue #266 • View online

Tribes on front lines of clean energy boom
As miners chase clean-energy minerals, tribes fear a repeat of the past
The West’s largest green energy storage project would destroy a Yakama sacred site. Now, the nation is fighting back.
New Mexico tribes concerned about plan to power nuclear lab
Tribes urge Congress to make Grand Canyon mining ban permanent
Judge grants pause on geothermal construction near sacred hot springs, rare toad habitat
The fire next time
Colorado wildfire destruction was caused by embers flung for miles
Are Front Range suburbs prepared for the next Marshall fire?
Wildfires worsen Colorado water woes
This vast wildfire lab is helping foresters prepare for a hotter planet
Health risks of smoke and ozone rise in the West as wildfires worsen
Crossing to safety
Montana has a history of building wildlife crossings. Does it have a future?
Author, filmmaker Doug Peacock advocates for grizzlies that saved his life
Remedy ID’d for deadly drive through Dubois deer range
Fair chase
Utah Wildlife Board bans trail cameras for big game hunting
Using trail cameras to hunt wildlife in Arizona is banned as of New Year's Day
Idaho poacher sentenced to spending elk season in jail for the next three years
Corner crossing: Wyoming hunters challenge public-land access issue in court
Findings
New study shows elevated 'psychological distress' in the rural West amid pandemic
Growing body of research points to reproductive health problems for female firefighters
Researchers find that wildfire smoke poses neurological hazards
Caffeine marks human pee as source of nitrogen fouling mountain lakes
Climate change, aquatic invaders turn up the heat on native trout
Study: Melting glaciers temporarily open new salmon habitat
Study: super-sizing sturgeon
Can roadless areas help stem the extinction crisis in the United States?
Cash crop
Montana bought more than $1.5M in cannabis on opening weekend of recreational sales
Medical marijuana users brace for shortages as Montana’s recreational market opens
Expungement process off to a slow start for former cannabis convictions
Wyoming organizers turn to public to gather support for marijuana initiatives
Border-crossing weed buyers made this Oregon county No. 1
What else we're reading today
Canada reaches agreement to compensate Indigenous children taken from families
Records could shed light on Canada residential schools for Indigenous children
Idaho couple returns to Supreme Court to wage new WOTUS war
As droughts intensify, this Utah family farm is ditching the Monsanto way
Boulder County allowing farmers to grow GMOs on open space after organic utopia didn’t materialize
Utah lawmakers get serious about saving the Great Salt Lake in new summit
SITLA wants to trade 135,000 acres of land inside Bears Ears for other federal lands
Flathead Valley continues to chart record-setting residential growth
Idaho Power cuts coal by 2028 in plan to state regulators
This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500?
Just a little too slow: Why journalists struggle to cover climate change
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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