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Rockies Today

May 20 · Issue #120 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Flocking to Yellowstone
People flock to Yellowstone, Grand Teton national parks on reopening day People flock to Yellowstone, Grand Teton national parks on reopening day
'Not a mask in sight': Thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens
Steep housing
As outdoor recreation drives Western economies, it's also driving up the rent As outdoor recreation drives Western economies, it's also driving up the rent
Meanwhile…
Guest opinion: As COVID-19 continues its economic upheaval, affordable housing is becoming scarce
Loveland Housing Authority secures $22M for affordable apartments project
Bozeman commission moves ahead affordable housing project
Boise City Council approves 2 new staffers for affordable housing projects
In Hailey, Idaho, long-awaited affordable housing moves forward
The pandemic and guns
Suicide experts seeing worrying signs during pandemic Suicide experts seeing worrying signs during pandemic
Pandemic could exacerbate high rates of gun suicides in rural West
Give 'em a break?
BLM flooded with royalty relief requests—sources BLM flooded with royalty relief requests—sources
Feds cut oil and gas royalties in a move that could hurt Utah’s local governments
More public lands news:
Groups sue over acting BLM director’s appointment
Report: Huge economic potential for renewables in the West
LWCF boosters see rare 'policy window' for funding legislation
Another positive test
Chronic wasting disease found in Gallatin County Chronic wasting disease found in Gallatin County
More wildlife news:
Grizzly 399, four cubs in tow, spotted at Pilgrim Creek
Scientists: Reworked BLM plan still fails to protect sage grouse
Rig plunge
The number of active U.S. crude oil and natural gas rigs is at the lowest point on record The number of active U.S. crude oil and natural gas rigs is at the lowest point on record
More energy news:
Is it even worth it? North Dakota to mull whether pumping oil at low prices is a waste
Oil revenues plunge for many Indigenous communities in Western Canada
Xcel wants to Invest $102 million into Colorado’s electric vehicle future
What else we're reading today
COVID-19 impacts every corner of the Navajo Nation
Outbreak on edge of Navajo Nation overwhelms rural hospital
Denver bank helping Native communities navigate the tricky world of pandemic assistance loans
But it's a dry heat: Climate change and the aridification of North America
Pacific Northwest summer wildfire season could stoke COVID-19 pandemic
Opinion: Here’s how to save the Colorado River
Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak
America’s patchwork pandemic is fraying even further
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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