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Rockies Today

May 12 · Issue #117 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

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PacifiCorp readies huge solicitation for renewables, energy storage PacifiCorp readies huge solicitation for renewables, energy storage
Meanwhile…
Biggest U.S. solar project approved in Nevada despite critics
Renewable energy projects forge ahead in Wyoming despite pandemic
Montana renewable energy group can collect ballot signatures remotely, state says
How renewable energy could emerge on top after the pandemic
Burning questions
How will America keep wildfire crews safe from coronavirus during what’s expected to be a tough season of blazes? How will America keep wildfire crews safe from coronavirus during what’s expected to be a tough season of blazes?
Wildfires already threaten the West. Then came COVID-19.
Wyden introduces broad conservation, wildfire legislation
Abandonment issues
'Orphaned' oil wells to squeeze state coffers 'Orphaned' oil wells to squeeze state coffers
Coronavirus could drive 'mass abandonment' of oil wells
Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks
States ask Trump administration to pay laid off oil workers to plug abandoned wells
There are green jobs hiding in the oilfields
More oil and gas goings on:
Montana judge upholds ruling that canceled Keystone XL pipeline permit
Federal agency sides with North Dakota in oil-by-rail dispute with Washington state
Arctic oil to draw bids despite rout, Interior chief predicts
Caught in the act?
Lawsuit seeks removal of Trump's 'acting' lands directors Lawsuit seeks removal of Trump's 'acting' lands directors
More public lands news:
Pressure grows for public lands package in future stimulus
Zion to reopen Wednesday followed by Arches and Canyonlands—but after Memorial Day
Dust Bowl redux
America’s longest river was recently drier than during the Dust Bowl. And it’s bound to happen again. America’s longest river was recently drier than during the Dust Bowl. And it’s bound to happen again.
What else we're reading today
Powder River Basin coal mine furloughs nearly 100 workers
The grim business of state budget cuts under coronavirus has begun
Montana's tourist industry braces for rough summer
Montana's Public Service Commission sues media organizations who asked for public information
Checkpoint clash escalates between South Dakota governor, tribal leaders
Coalition seeks injunction to stop Wyoming grazing plan
Judges question Wyoming’s case for grizzly numbers
As states seek COVID detectives, librarians are among the candidates
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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