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By Mountain West News • Issue #284 • View online

Deep dive into the Western water crisis
How low can the Colorado River go? Drought forces states to face tough choices about water
Shrinking Lake Powell holds even less water than previously thought, study says
Lake Powell water crisis is about to be an energy crisis
Nebraska and Colorado are fighting over water after 99 years of sharing rights
A shrinking county on the Western Slope wants to grow with the help of a new dam. Some say 'No, thanks.'
Low snowpack, high temps portend early runoff, low summer flows
Western drought to worsen this year, NOAA says
Assimilated
How Utah boarding schools stripped Native students of their culture
Haaland: Report on Indigenous boarding schools expected soon
'Enjoy your public lands responsibly'
Colorado parks are full and getting fuller. How will the state decide who gets in, and who gets hurt?
Examining our campsite shortage problem, which is actually a reservation problem
Rental companies, search and rescue mark increase in snowmobilers
National parks leader Sams visits home state, discusses tribal co-management of lands
President’s signature makes it official: Colorado’s Amache site now part of National Park Service
BLM staffers want more action on climate change, survey says
Biden administration plans to resume plans for federal oil and gas development
Interest in Montana oil and gas picks up with state land lease sale
Research identifies which Wyoming and South Dakota forest areas should be priorities for conservation
On the hunt
New wolf attack in North Park puts cattle ranchers back on edge as reintroduction looms
Montana wolf hunt success dips despite longer seasons, new methods
Utah hunters claimed the state’s elk were disappearing. A BYU study found where they were hiding.
Fewer Americans are hunting, and that raises hard questions about funding conservation through gun sales
States search for wolverines across the West
Grizzly bears now 'regular residents' of Manitoba after sightings jump in recent years
What else we're reading today
Montana Supreme Court: Ballot initiative to protect Madison, Gallatin rivers can advance
A 10-year plan for new stretch of the Colorado River nears reality
At Yellowstone's boundary, Two Ocean Pass is a place where fish can swim over Continental Divide
As it turns 50, is Montana’s ‘progressive’ state Constitution facing a conservative midlife crisis?
New Mexico's century-old constitution plays into the hands of oil and gas
How NRCS is helping Montana farmers rebuild soil by building relationships
Cattle ranchers take aim at meatpackers’ dominance
10 real estate markets on the cusp of a San Francisco-style affordability crisis
Panelists: Housing crisis hamstrings economic growth in Montana
How permanent daylight saving time could impact your ski season
The new standards for testing outdoor gear are being created by Colorado university students
Bark beetle infestations could cause huge piñon die-off
Once legislative darlings, dams now face fresh scrutiny
Barrasso, Lummis sponsor bill that would ban Russian uranium
‘The Power of the Dog’ shows a new side of Montana. That’s the point.
Recent megafire smoke columns have reached the stratosphere, threatening Earth’s ozone shield
In a world on fire, stop burning things
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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