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In hot water

Rockies Today
In hot water
By Mountain West News • Issue #237 • View online

Fish are feeling the heat
Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip the West
Salmon face deadly hot waters along Columbia and Snake rivers as the call for dam removal grows
Judge orders immediate actions at Willamette Basin dams to help salmon, steelhead
Record-low steelhead returns on Columbia River prompt call for fishing shutdown
Climate change comes for a favorite summer pastime: fishing
Power dynamics
How a Colorado coal plant could become a massive battery for renewable energy
Tribes lose bid to block digging at lithium mine in Nevada
Where will Wyoming's displaced fossil fuel workers go?
Drake Power Plant shutdown marks latest step in Colorado’s shift off fossil fuels
Colstrip operator Talen Energy is $4 billion in debt
Montana ratepayers will get day in court over utility pre-approval
Biden administration aims to cut costs for solar, wind projects on public land
Wind-turbine makers struggle to profit from renewable-energy boom
Colorado Springs' first solar co-op offers lower-cost option for members as roof-top arrays grow in popularity
Can Weld County maintain its fiscal health as oil and gas production gets pinched?
Running dry
In the West, two conditions are on a collision course: Drought and growing population
Drought forces North American ranchers to sell off their future
Drought-hit Blue Mesa Reservoir losing 8 feet of water to save Lake Powell has a marina hurting
As aquifers near 'extinction,' El Paso County is hoping a nearly endless loop of water can fight shortages
Dry wells, lower flows raise alarm about the Verde River's future
Study calculates effect of warmer climate on Upper Missouri River Basin
Life in the heart of B.C.’s brutal summer drought
These images from space show how much the reservoirs and lakes of the West have dried up
'Enjoy your public lands responsibly'
Inside Colorado's attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests
More national parks? Summer of overcrowding could spur push
National Park Service proposes strict rules for scenic air tours
Film highlights challenges regarding landlocked public property
Bighorn Forest plan for weeds, sagebrush sparks battle
Protest and passion mount around via ferrata proposal
Rural Colorado hopes to cash in on its dark skies
On the brink
Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?
Alberta to allow more logging in remnants of old-growth caribou habitat, groups say
Whither the bison: What happened to the Prairies' once-mighty herds?
Bumblebee not seen since 2006 listed as endangered
DNA analysis of grizzly bears aligns with Indigenous languages
Montana mule deer on the move
The new animal voyeurism
What else we're reading today
Scientists warn glacier in Canadian Rockies is slipping away before their eyes at unprecedented rate
In North Cascades, researchers, climbers watch Washington’s snowpack quickly melt, exposing glaciers’ retreat
Colorado flood warnings: More issued this year than any year in history
Climate change pushes fires to higher ground
Fighting fire with fire
Our new age of fire
‘Sagebrush Empire’ explores San Juan County’s history and politics with nuance, humor and meticulous research
Environmental watchdog urged to probe Canada’s ‘regulatory failure’
Do ATVs belong on roads? Towns are abuzz on perks, drawbacks
Six rural news outlets trying to bridge the information divide
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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