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Off the charts

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Off the charts
By Mountain West News • Issue #225 • View online
Note: This is the last issue for a while as we’re hitting the road for a couple weeks. Be well, be safe. —MF

Unfathomable heat devastates Cascadia
Historic Northwest heat wave may have killed hundreds
Media reaction: Pacific Northwest ‘heat dome’ and the role of climate change
‘Hard to comprehend’: Experts react to record 121 degrees in Canada
Village of Lytton, B.C., evacuated as mayor says 'the whole town is on fire'
Jess Balzer
Here’s video of people escaping Lytton as fire rips through the village, posted by 2 Rivers Remix Society. The destruction and tragedy are unfathomable. #LyttonBC #Lytton https://t.co/OEPl4jRXsr
The combustible West
Over 100 fire scientists urge the West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July
Out of time: Wildland firefighters brace for start of busy season
As wildfires get worse, so are firefighter shortages. Climate change and low pay aren’t helping
Arizona wildfires: Bigger, hotter than ever. How will the land recover?
Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought. Here’s what’s going on inside their veins.
As climate change worsens wildfires, FEMA denies most California, Oregon claims
Drought’s toll on U.S. agriculture points to even-higher food prices
Megadroughts Pt. 1: Ancient societal collapse
Unearthing 'cultural genocide'
Canadian Indigenous group says more graves found at new site
Ahead of Canada Day, a First Nation finds more unmarked graves and more churches are burned
Written before this latest discovery:
With discovery of unmarked graves, Canada’s Indigenous seek reckoning
A brief and brutal history of Canadian colonialism
And more reporting from across Indian Country:
Native American women face an epidemic of violence. A legal loophole prevents prosecutions.
Dispossessed, again: Climate change hits Native Americans especially hard
Blueberry River First Nations win precedent-setting treaty rights case
Little Shell Tribe reclaims history with new food sovereignty program on Hill 57
Opinion: Biden’s budget will be a boon to tribes—as long as red tape doesn’t strangle us
Priced out
Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a 'wake-up call' on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis
Colorado's affordable-housing shortfall needs a crisis response, study urges
Imbalanced market pushes Utah home prices to record high
A cry for (housing) help
Priced out
Oil and gas and ugly math
Capping methane-spewing oil wells, one hole at a time
198 oil and gas wells found abandoned near Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Methane emissions from oil and gas exceed EPA estimates, study finds
Obama-era methane rules return. Are lawsuits next?
Methane vote shows limits of Republican climate caucus
A year in, Wyoming rig count slowly recovering from drop to zero
The Keystone XL pipeline is dead, but TC Energy still owns hundreds of miles of rights of way
Should we nationalize the oil sands?
What else we're reading today
We need to talk about mental health in the mountains
First African American named to lead Forest Service
Group says BLM whistleblower enduring ‘torture of the damned’
‘Glamping’ options are expanding in southern Utah, but one recent development proposal near Moab is being met with uproar
Limits are coming for Crested Butte’s overused camping paradise. But local workers who live there could lose out
What the history of camping can tell us about inclusion, homelessness and protest culture
Anonymous Colorado rancher donates $1 million to CSU to help minimize human-carnivore conflicts
Court rules Flathead plan fails grizzly, trout populations
Dead griz along Yellowstone River now subject of poaching investigation
BLM gives initial OK to American Prairie Reserve's controversial bison grazing permit
High-tech tools let environmentalists monitor remote development of coal exploration projects
Will Toor on Colorado's burst of clean energy policy
Colorado office to help communities, workers transition from coal gets $15 million boost
Montana cities have carbon-free goals, but it's not easy being green
Neighbors worried that recreation is exposing kids to toxins on the Coeur d'Alene River form a nonprofit to address issues
Supreme Court deals final blow to Wyoming coal port suit
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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