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New era
By Mountain West News • Issue #233 • View online

Cutbacks signal new era of water scarcity
First-ever water shortage on the Colorado River will bring cuts for Arizona farmers
Megadrought spurs first-ever federal Colorado River cutbacks
Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it's time to focus on reducing demand
Utah reservoirs run out of water, raising concerns about future water availability
Podcast: Wyoming’s role in the overtaxed Colorado River Basin
There ain't enough water to go around
The American West is drying up
An American emergency
July was the hottest month in recorded human history
That fresh mountain air
Colorado’s fresh mountain air isn’t what it used to be—especially in the wilderness
What an atmospheric scientist wants you to know about that wildfire smoke you’re breathing
In the West, a connection between Covid-19 and wildfires
For dairy cows, where there’s smoke, there’s less milk
'Enjoy your public lands responsibly'
One million visitors flocked to Yellowstone in July
Jenny Lake’s national notoriety balloons; agencies rethink approach to tourism
In Yellowstone, Haaland recognizes threats to park, ecosystem
Zion weighing reservation system for famous cliffside hike
Tourists’ garbage kills deer at Zion National Park, rangers say
It's time to cancel campfires
National Parks Service implements mask mandates for visitors in parks
Report: Utah misused $109 million in public funds for fossil fuel projects
Sacred spaces
Indigenous people find legal, cultural barriers to protect sacred spaces off tribal lands
Hovenweep’s dark skies are at risk from oil and gas, activists say
Biden faces pivotal energy test in Chaco Canyon
'Their bodies are in those trees': Nevada tribes seek national monument status for sacred trees
Dispatches from the energy transition
Renewables are fast replacing coal, except in rural America
Texas company launches massive wind-training site in Denver area
Nuscale to consider Xcel to operate its advanced nuclear reactors
Study casts doubt on carbon footprint of blue hydrogen
Critter ticker
‘Mind blowing’: Grizzly bear DNA maps onto Indigenous language families
Montana receives 26,000 public comments about the future of wolf hunting
In Wyoming, fences are coming down to make way for wildlife
Haaland backs Wyoming wildlife migration strategy
Forest Service accused of failing to protect meadow mouse
Will Klamath salmon outlast the dam removal process?
In Alaska, the salmon catch hints at the chaos of climate change
What else we're reading today
Court rejects CWA challenge, tees up Supreme Court showdown
Female ‘hotshot’ firefighters want action on reproductive health risks
Helicopter mulching could help forests recover after severe wildfires, but it’s not cheap
Group releases app for monitoring the health of the Upper Yellowstone watershed
Students who kept Colorado’s resort-town economies alive during COVID are now headed back to school
A proposed rule would target Colorado’s polluting road projects
It grows 1,500 times the food with 5% of the water. How a Utah vertical farm combats climate change.
‘Every part of a degree of warming that we can avert will make the future better’
As residential demand grows in the Treasure Valley, farmers fight to keep their land
Is it time to break up Big Ag?
'We're in trouble': Rural America can't escape Delta
As delta variant spreads, conservative leaders in the rural West continue to sow distrust
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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