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Rockies Today

April 10 · Issue #106 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Out of work in the Mountain West
Colorado unemployment claims slowed last week, but are still far outpacing Great Recession levels Colorado unemployment claims slowed last week, but are still far outpacing Great Recession levels
Vail Resorts to lay off 2,000 workers throughout Colorado amid coronavirus shutdown
Utah has its worst unemployment report ever as the coronavirus-caused economic crisis spreads
New Mexico gets 3rd surge in a row on unemployment claims
Idaho unemployment claims jump again amid virus outbreak
More than 64,000 Montanans apply for unemployment insurance
Unemployment claims climb by nearly 5,000 in Wyoming
Lander-based NOLS lays off significant number of employees due to coronavirus
Alberta's economy loses 117,000 jobs in March amid COVID-19
Spreading like wildfire
Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires
How do you fight wildfires while social distancing? Nobody's sure.
Commentary: Preparing for wildfires during a pandemic
And speaking of wildfire…
Scientists worry agency plan to prevent fires could do opposite
'The Dark Side of the Boom'
No quick rebound in sight for Colorado's oil, gas industry from turmoil of coronavirus pandemic, report says No quick rebound in sight for Colorado's oil, gas industry from turmoil of coronavirus pandemic, report says
Meanwhile…
U.S. banks prepare to seize energy assets as shale boom goes bust
Will the coronavirus kill the oil industry?
Opinion: Coronavirus may kill our fracking fever dream
Methane levels reach an all-time high
Yellowstone bison's heavy hoofprint
Study says Yellowstone’s bison are exerting an unhealthily heavy footprint Study says Yellowstone’s bison are exerting an unhealthily heavy footprint
More wildlife news:
Advisory council questions effectiveness of grizzly bear hunt in Yellowstone states
Canada lynx disappearing from Washington state
Wilderness wolf gunning inquiry shot down
Trump to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing
Huge feral hogs invading Canada, building ‘pigloos’ as they go
What else we're reading today
Montana issues permits for mine over advocates' protests
Second company abandons Evanston, Wyoming, immigration jail project
Mountain West officials call FDA rules on gay blood donors ‘antiquated and discriminatory’
Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services
Travel and inequality made ski towns COVID-19 hot spots
Meet the outfitters welcoming Grand Canyon rafters to a COVID-19 reality
Utah is running mass COVID-19 tests: Why aren't other states?
San Miguel County suspends then recommits to its universal coronavirus testing experiment over 3-day span
Opinion: What it’s like to run a rural state during a pandemic
Superfund, meet super plants
Spillover warning: How we can prevent the next pandemic
Will the next great pandemic come from the permafrost?
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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