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Rockies Today
Off the rails
By Mountain West News • Issue #296 • View online

The battle over the Uinta Basin Railway
An oil train is set to be built through Utah wilderness. Will Biden stop it?
STB approves proposed Uinta Basin oil railway
Trains will carry 'waxy crude' oil through Colorado every day after Utah approves new railway
Outdoor urges
The confounding politics of camping in America
Outdoor poop etiquette is changing (you’re probably not going to like it)
Call of the void
Public lands ticker
Jury in Wyoming finds four corner-crossing hunters not guilty of trespass
What the Wyoming corner crossing verdict means for hunters
Historic Colorado public lands bill falters in Senate committee
Bipartisan public lands mapping bill becomes law
With protections restored, tribal council charts new path for Bears Ears
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Many of the 119 wild horses killed by equine flu at Cañon City facility weren’t vaccinated, BLM says 
Beyond a reasonable drought
Bureau of Reclamation announces 'extraordinary action' to protect Lake Powell this year
‘It feels like a dying reservoir’: Deltas of sediment are pushing into Glen Canyon as Lake Powell disappears
As Utah’s drought persists, clean energy advocates say it’s time to power down water-guzzling coal plants
Flaming Gorge’s upcoming water release could be good news for endangered Colorado River Basin fish
Where lawns are outlawed (and dug up, and carted Away)
The future Of Utah’s water
On fire
New Mexico wildfire prompts call for U.S. disaster declaration
Wildfire forecasters predict above-normal activity across the Mountain West
Poor pay and benefits deplete U.S. firefighting workforce
Insurance companies, homeowners strained by growing wildfire risk
Gianforte presses to extinguish all fires in 2022 Montana wildfire briefing
In wildfire country, towns build permanent evacuation centers
Flocks of sheep help reduce wildfire risks in Northern Nevada
Is artificial intelligence the next tool to fight wildfires in the West?
Dispatches from the energy transition
Vast reaches of Utah’s West Desert could be leased for geothermal power
Largest solar power plant in U.S. secures $1.3 billion
Indigenous women say ‘no’ to extraction for sustainable future
What can Wyoming learn from studies of the 'natural resource curse'?
PacifiCorp avoids regulatory closure at Jim Bridger
Idaho Power announces large-scale battery storage project to help with reliable service
As coal burning goes away in Colorado, money for coal workers goes up
Fossil-free in frigid Fraser
Biden order to boost mining may not have quick payoff
What else we're reading today
Russia’s war reverberates in the West
Alberta is suing the U.S. over Keystone XL. The province just had to pay its American taxes first.
Lawmakers forgo action on Wyoming’s controversial secret trust laws
Indigenous journalists make way for sunshine
Rocky Mountain Media Review
In Montana’s Kootenai River, ‘rock snot’ sparks an unusual experiment
Colorado's fly-fishing industry faces the growing threat of climate change
Colorado's increasingly hazy skies could be a real problem—for everyone
Colorado's mountain resorts cut back their summer offerings as labor crisis persists
Vail's plan to condemn land eyed for affordable housing sets stage for legal battle over value
A climate-driven decline of tiny dryland lichens could have big global impacts
Opponents of 30x30 seize on conservation law to block easements
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, associate director of regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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