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Last dance

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Last dance
By Mountain West News • Issue #298 • View online

The sage grouse may be running out of time
Sage grouse struggle as BLM and states search for answers
Wyoming fights court ruling meant to protect sage grouse
Birds dance, humans count in hopes of saving iconic sage grouse
More wildlife news
In the Laramie Mountains, too many elk and no easy fixes
Wyoming cuts 11,300 pronghorn, mule deer tags due to drought and disease
If a Colorado eagle nest falls in the forest—and the cameras are on—should anyone save it?  
Southern Utah land swap would give bison more room to roam, but at what cost?
Research shows grizzly bears avoid towns in Alberta's Bow Valley
The wolverine's world is shrinking. But they've found a safe haven in B.C. mountains
Videos: Large wolverine spotted moving through the Butte area
Wildfire headwinds
Wind is wild card in fires burning in New Mexico, Arizona
New Mexico wildfire puts spotlight on use of prescribed burns
Forest Service defends prescribed burn that caused Hermits Peak fire
Analysis finds that federal wildland firefighters can't afford to live in most Western counties
In Boise visit, BLM director says we’ll ‘fight back’ on megafires
Climate changes
Colorado’s snowpack is melting at a 'ridiculous' rate
Even less water is now forecast to flow into Lake Powell this year, report says
At winter’s end, glaciologists take annual trek to measure glacier loss. With climate change accelerating, their findings are profound
Forest health in Arizona: Stressed by drought and pests, trees are losing resilience to changing climate
The desert’s fragile skin can’t take much more heat
Fly fishing through a Western drought
Earth given 50-50 chance of hitting key warming mark by 2026
Dispatches from the energy transition
Two Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage
Turbine turbulence: Residents continue legal battle against Rail Tie Wind Project
Utah lags in clean energy goal. Is that about to change?
Hydrogen project in central Utah will be largest in world
Judge strikes pre-approval statute that bestowed ‘exclusive and lucrative financial benefit only on NorthWestern’
Obama Interior official lobbying for lithium mine developer
Home out of range
‘Come Home Montana’ push collides with housing angst
Commentary: Can $949K buy a piece of the true Montana?
‘Nowhere to go:’ Eviction of 11 Latino families sheds light on Ketchum housing crunch
Ada median home price nears $600k. Canyon hit a record too, while supply went up & demand fell. It's not clear why
What else we're reading today
Native American tribes remain opposed in fight over Chaco's future
Groups look to protect Gallatin, Madison rivers through controversial ballot initiative
Time running out for 'must pass' air pollution bill opposed by business groups
Colorado oil regulators warn of ‘final opportunity’ for well operator to clean up its sites and avoid millions in fines
Colorado’s oil and gas industry withdraws proposed 2022 ballot initiatives
Prosecutor: Dismiss new corner-crossing charges
Backcountry flying is taking off in Southeastern Utah
How much will a name change change?
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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