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Grounds for a beef

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Grounds for a beef
By Mountain West News • Issue #115 • View online

Grounds for a beef
'The workers are being sacrificed': As cases mounted, in Colorado and elsewhere, meatpacker JBS kept people on crowded factory floors
More on the situation in Colorado:
Colorado leads nation for most COVID-19 deaths connected to meat processing plants
‘We’re not heroes; we’re sacrificial.’ Workers carry the burden of Colorado’s food supply chain
And in Alberta…
Alberta’s meat plant workers share their fears and anger
Even with beef plants staying open, reduced capacity means Colorado ranchers feel the coronavirus pinch
USDA aims to help connect ailing ag industry and food banks, but may be too late for some
COVID debate: What to do with all the dead animals?
Pump the brakes
Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts
Judge vacates oil and gas leases on 145,000 acres in Montana
Meanwhile, pressure’s mounting on the BLM to halt leasing:
Congress, tribes seek more time on New Mexico leasing plan
Conservative group urges BLM to protect taxpayers on oil leases
Editorial board: Federal government should pause plan until pandemic ebbs
Gushing red ink
Colorado's oil and gas country—and its people—suffer from twin hits to industry
Ultra Petroleum nears another bankruptcy
Exxon and Chevron plot Permian cuts with shale spending axed
More energy news:
Developer: Keystone XL ruling could delay project a year
The coronavirus pandemic could accelerate coal's decline in Wyoming
As oil industry swoons, tar sands workers look to renewables for jobs
Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll
Travelers rest
Pandemic sucking the economic life out of several Colorado counties, hitting tourism spots especially hard
Yellowstone and Grand Teton are closed. How will Jackson cope?
With summer approaching, Park City looks to market itself as the ‘safest place in the world’ to visit
'Missing the revenue, missing the work': Alberta vacation spots stare down quiet season start
What else we're reading today
John Freemuth, Boise State professor and expert on public lands policy, has died at 69
Fallout: First cancer, now delayed compensation for Indigenous downwinder communities
We can’t afford to lose the Postal Service
Wolf trapping deemed essential business in Washington
Colorado mountain lions hit with new hunting plan as people spread
When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.
Study: Climate change generating anxiety for Montana farmers, ranchers
An Alaska glacier collapsed. Warming was the likely trigger.
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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