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By Mountain West News • Issue #295 • View online

Feds back huge 'clean hydrogen' hub in Utah
Massive green hydrogen hub in Utah wins $504M federal loan guarantee
Hub to provide over 300 gigawatt-hours of clean energy a year
Could a ‘hydrogen hub’ energize Utah and the West to a cleaner future?
More on the energy transition
Big U.S. energy transmission projects inch closer to approval
The only road to net-zero runs through Indigenous lands
Xcel Energy agrees to shut down Comanche 3 early, ending use of coal in Colorado by 2031
Coal is booming, but a mining company plans for its end
Headlines across Indian Country
The Navajo Nation has money from Biden’s infrastructure bill. So why don’t families have power?
Ute Tribe believes rancher is ‘misappropriating’ its water, but is thwarted by federal courts
Native American hires reflect changing Interior leadership
Oklahoma wants the Supreme Court to pull back part of its historic ruling on Native rights
Oklahoma and tribes’ tempers flare as Supreme Court case heats up
Megadrought dispatches
When the desert runs dry
Lake Mead plummets to unprecedented low, exposing original 1971 water intake valve
Colorado declared 'primary natural disaster area,' USDA says, unlocking aid for farmers
Drought, climate change push Eagle County to rebuild a scuttled dam, as growth brings water needs
Denver has first snowless April in 20 years, driest in 59 years
Drought, disease decrease antelope, deer hunts statewide
Precipitation fell across northern parts of the #WesternUS & windy, dry weather dominated the Southwest. Two active wild🔥 charred more than 50k acres of vegetation apiece in northeastern #NM — high wind raised dust & fueled flames. #DroughtMonitor
Public lands goings on
Citing 'clean energy,' progressives mount mining law overhaul
Forest Service takes the lead in e-bike access
Panel questions Forest Service on wildfire force, spending
Analysis: Biden’s broken promise on climate?
'Cascade of consequences'
Some experts fear boreal forests could shift from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it
Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021
Climate change is pushing toxic chemicals into drinking wells
It's raining harder than ever. New research says climate change is to blame.
What else we're reading today
7,000 houses, with 2,200 to start: Giant new development planned in Eagle’s Foothills
Glenwood Springs leaders see growth as a path toward affordability. But will residents let that happen?
Jackson Hole’s wealth is displacing Star Valley’s neediest
The Southwest’s cities are booming. Here’s how to make that growth climate-friendly.
Colorado to strengthen plan to protect views at Rocky Mountain National Park, sidestepping Sierra Club lawsuit
Fire tore through a Colorado ranch sanctuary. The humans are fine, but the damage is deep.
Staffing challenges force Bozeman Interagency Dispatch Center to close
Congress grills beef industry leaders over consolidation
Cattle prices are uneconomical, Montanan tells Congress
67 wild horses die at federal facility in Cañon City from mysterious illness
Canada lynx protections deal sealed by U.S., environmentalists
A (roughly) suburban bear jam
How killing wildlife in the United States became a game
Company scraps mining plans in Pryor Mountains, possibly saving rare plant
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, associate director of regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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