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By Mountain West News • Issue #224 • View online

'Unspoken traumas of the past'
U.S. to search former Native American schools for children’s remains
751 unmarked graves found at former residential school for Indigenous children in Canada
Is America ready to face the truth about the atrocities against Indigenous children?
The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West
Warming in wonderland
Report: Climate change means less snow for Yellowstone
Yellowstone is losing its snow as the climate warms, and that means widespread problems for water and wildlife
The heat is on
Pacific Northwest faces one of its most severe heat waves in history
Daniel Swain
This will be an *exceptionally dangerous* heatwave from a public health perspective, especially since this is a part of the country where structures are not designed to shed heat and where air conditioning is rare. Infrastructure/ power disruption is also possible. #ORwx #WAwx
It’s not the heat—it’s the humanity
A leaked UN report warns ‘worst is yet to come’ on climate change
Opinion: The climate emergency calls for a new approach to mental health
For the third straight week, Extreme (D3)/Exceptional (D4) Drought in the West has set a #DroughtMonitor record.

49.7% of the West is in D3/D4 compared to 48.9% last week

The high prior to the 2020/2021 drought was July 23, 2002, at 45.3%. @NOAA
Public lands ticker
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
Report: 32K abandoned wells surround 162 national park sites
Flush with federal cash, states invest in their crowded parks
Investigating the Big Snowies: Crew conducting wilderness character monitoring on BLM land
Even as records fall, Glacier Park reports a mellow May
The perils of use-it-or-lose-it public lands policy
Site C dam, oilsands pushing Canada’s largest national park closer to endangered list
Alaska state agency agrees to spend up to $1.5 million to prepare for oil exploration in Arctic refuge
Beloved beasts
Range restored: Feds return bison preserve to CSKT
Bye, Felicia? Hazing isn’t popular or pretty, but it’s keeping celebrity grizzly away
Researchers hunt for clues behind decline of Wyoming’s largest turtle
Despite massive effort, spotted owl populations at an all-time low
Montana wildlife commission to discuss limits of new wolf hunting laws
'Beloved Beasts' is a perfect read for the West—and our time
Booms and busts
New Mexico oil output at record levels after crash
Plugging oil and gas wells could create thousands of jobs, billions in wages for New Mexico
Amid troubles for fossil fuels, has the era of ‘peak oil’ arrived?
The inside story of an Alberta coal mine devastated by a financial crisis
A rare new coal mine in southern Colorado adds to Trinidad's economic revival
What else we're reading today
'It’s owed:' Advocates call for more federal investment in Indigenous language revitalization
Utah’s response to ozone pollution problem? Blame China
Oregon bill targets 100% clean power by 2040, with labor and environmental justice on board
What 'waters of the U.S.' means for Montana
Short-term rental issues plague a small Idaho town near Yellowstone
Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers
Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await
Brilliant forests, burning
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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