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New West
By Mountain West News • Issue #223 • View online

The hallmarks of a changing West
The drought in the West is bad and it’s gonna get worse
Severe heat and drought are the hallmarks of a changing West
How climate change has battered the West before summer even begins
The hottest, driest days are getting even drier, worsening fire risk
Even emergency measures won’t save the West from megadrought
Why won't anyone ask why?
Crowd control
Crowds swarm the public lands
Overcrowded national parks need a reservation system
Record visitation and long lines revive push for a reservation system for Arches
Montana tribe welcomes back tourists after risky shutdown pays off
Recreation.gone: Study shows quirks in campsite reservations
How wired should the wild parks be?
Tailwinds, headwinds
Six new wind farms proposed for Wyoming
Permitting to begin for wind farm north of Laramie
A northwest Colorado town is betting on the Yampa River to help it transition away from a coal economy
Butte solar array proposal debated in marathon Zoning Board meeting
Why coal plant workers aren't going green
Nevada coalition seeks national monument over wind farm
Just transition for coal workers is possible, reports say
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest
Downstream
As boundary water dispute escalates, pressure mounts for federal intervention
Audit of B.C.’s tailings pond regulations casts shadow on government’s ‘world class’ mining claims
Waterways get a break as Colorado refuses to ease rules for how much pollution gets discharged to rivers and streams
Lost Glen Canyon wonders reemerge as Lake Powell dries up
If Lake Powell’s water levels keep falling, a multi-state reservoir release may be needed
Drought conditions in south-central Idaho wreak havoc on fish and farms
People problems
Problem grizzly or problem people? A Togwotee Pass standoff
Roaming grizzlies rattle committee org chart
No-stopping zone for visitors along highway in Yoho National Park due to bear activity
Idaho wildlife managers liberalize wolf hunting, despite majority of Idahoans who commented not supporting changes
Keep killing wolves to protect caribou? No, says new research
Caribou keepers
Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans
What else we're reading today
Obama BLM director: Biden needs a new nominee
Bitcoin fracking turns waste gas to digital gold in Bakken oil field
War of words over New Mexico’s oil fields
Requiem for a pipeline
Reviving the Red Desert’s ancient stories
Cows, cows, cows...
20 years of planning saved Rocky Mountain National Park from the worst of the East Troublesome fire. It will take 20 more to fix the damage.
Colorado prison inmates fight wildfires while they’re serving time, but can’t get hired when they get out
Colorado guides say they can't get enough permits on federal land
How emergency declarations in Colorado’s high country housing crisis smooth the path to more homes for locals
Jackson businesses cut hours, services due to lack of affordable housing
Colorado Supreme Court rejects animal cruelty ballot measure strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers
Wired differently: Young Americans and wildland conservation
How will humans live through ecological collapse?
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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