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Drill, maybe, drill

Rockies Today
Drill, maybe, drill
By Mountain West News • Issue #236 • View online

Oil and gas goings on around the region
Judge’s order forces Interior Department to revive drilling lease sales on federal lands and waters
Biden oil and gas leasing pause will end in Wyoming next year
Nearly 142,000 acres of public land in Colorado are being considered for federal oil and gas leasing
BLM resumes oil and gas leasing in Utah
Editorial: How Cox let dirty industry take over Utah’s air quality planning
Alberta’s energy ‘war room’ planning broad new ad campaign
Bakken oil boom population growth captured in census count
Arizona lawmaker proposes repeal of Arctic refuge oil lease
Huge Arctic oil find makes waves
Six states accounted for over half of the primary energy produced in 2019
Life after coal
Coal is fading in northwest Colorado. The region is betting its economic future on another natural resource.
Life after coal: How workers at Colorado Springs' shuttered power plant are transitioning to new careers
An obituary for coal at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, by the numbers
PacifiCorp holds course to exit Wyoming coal
Colstrip residents sue power plant, coal mine
New Mexico panel considers future of coal-fired power plant
Perilous paths
Wolves’ perilous path to Colorado
Conflict-ridden, two-week tear ends in death of young grizzly
Is Utah waging ‘perpetual war on cougars’ with hunting rules?
World's largest wildlife bridge could save mountain lions
Wyoming oversight panel debates harm of sage grouse hunting
To protect hens with chicks, Washington sets back forest grouse hunting by two weeks
A dismal picture of steelhead run is emerging
Activists fought rounding up U.S. wild horses. Then came drought and climate change.
More wolverines discovered at Mount Rainier National Park
Threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse could get boost from new conservation venture
On public lands overuse—and 'non-use'
Could 'non-use' rights boost conservation lands?
National parks are overcrowded. Some think ‘selfie stations’ will help.
Why Biden’s NPS director nominee matters more than ever
Opinion: Give the people what they clearly need—more national parks
Fire wire
Can ‘active forest management’ really reduce wildfire risk?
Bespoke forestry
Boise’s smoky summers once were an oddity. Now people plan around them.
Why the South is decades ahead of the West in wildfire prevention
To save Lake Tahoe, they spared no expense. Yet the fire still nears.
After Lionshead, threat of megafires looms large on Warm Springs reservation
Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs
Drought digest
40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.
How bad is the drought in the West? The impact may last decades
Will Utah’s drought, climate change usher in a new era of reservoirs?
Climate change comes for a favorite summer pastime: fishing
To understand how mountains and the atmosphere bring water to the West, scientists aim their instruments at Colorado’s sky
What else we're reading today
U.S. judge set to rule on Native American request to block Nevada mine
A new Conservation Corps for the climate
Colorado's richer enclaves make it a leader in wealth disparity
How bad is the housing crunch in Colorado’s high country? Just look at census vacancy data.
Housing prices continue climbing in urban, rural Montana
Shrinking communities brace for budget impacts
Utah has landed two outdoor industry trade shows in the past year. Is it vying to reclaim Denver’s Outdoor Retailer, too?
Opinion: The outdoor industry still can't get DEI right
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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