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Rockies Today

February 7 · Issue #75 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Monuments to extraction
Feds release final management plans for Utah’s Bears Ears, Grand Staircase. Critics say they’re worse than before. Feds release final management plans for Utah’s Bears Ears, Grand Staircase. Critics say they’re worse than before.
Meanwhile…
Interior hints at visitor boom to shrunken Utah sites
Trump is blowing up a national monument in Arizona to make way for the border wall
Powering down
Coal power plants in the U.S. are closing. Here are the ones left in the West. Coal power plants in the U.S. are closing. Here are the ones left in the West.
Speaking of defying economic headwinds…
NorthWestern files proposal to buy more of Colstrip for $1 with regulators
Meanwhile…
PRB coal industry takes hit with steep drops in production, federal data shows
Protests in the pipeline
ACLU sues Montana over Keystone XL protest plans ACLU sues Montana over Keystone XL protest plans
Mother Jones reports on the anti-pipeline movement:
Thanks to Trump, Keystone XL is back. The anti-pipeline movement is ready.
As for the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would also move crude from the Alberta oilsands…
Trans Mountain’s challenges move to a different court—the street
Trans Mountain pipeline cost jumps by two-thirds to C$12.6 billion
'Ballot box biology'
Why Colorado’s wolf initiative is causing howls if ‘ballot box biology’ Why Colorado’s wolf initiative is causing howls if ‘ballot box biology’
The Revelator interviews University of Colorado, Boulder ecology professor Joanna Lambert about the science of wolf reintroduction:
Will voters welcome wolves back to Colorado?
Meanwhile, in Montana…
Wildlife managers propose increase in northwest Montana wolf harvest
More wildlife news:
Chronic wasting disease is creating a ‘new reality’ in Montana. Wildlife managers say they’ll need money to keep up.
Conservation groups threaten new lawsuit over wolverine protection
A tough time for birds: How population decreases impact the Magic Valley
New wildlife crossings in the West designed to help animals—and motorists
Bumblebee decline linked with extreme heat waves
Snow it goes
It's snowing less in the fall and spring over much of nation, report shows It's snowing less in the fall and spring over much of nation, report shows
More energy and climate news:
Xcel finishes new power line to carry wind energy from Eastern Plains into metro Denver
Fort Nelson First Nation lands permit to transform aging gas field into geothermal energy project
Cap-and-trade opponents flock to Oregon capitol for mass rally
U.S. oil fields flared and vented more natural gas again in 2019
Winter fun, from skijoring to backyard skating, is feeling the heat of climate change
The Arctic’s thawing permafrost is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases
What else we're reading today
BLM considers ending environmental review on land-use plans
2019 snowpack eased beetle activity in state, but wet spring affected aspen
Colorado drillers, enviros near accord on groundwater protection rules. The only rub: How much to protect?
With Jackson Hole’s sewage, a treatment tradeoff
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott reaps the glory—and the consequences—of being one of Matt Shea's biggest allies
Opinion: Changes to the census could make small towns disappear
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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