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Pandemic imperils the newspapers covering it

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Rockies Today

March 25 · Issue #98 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Pandemic imperils the newspapers covering it
Local news outlets dealt a crippling blow by this biggest of stories Local news outlets dealt a crippling blow by this biggest of stories
Goings on around the region:
Westword
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This from Adams Publishing Group, which owns papers across the Mountain West and Northwest, including the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and several others in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah:
Cheyenne News Guild
We just received this letter from APG, and we're deeply concerned. More details to come after a 4 p.m. meeting with management https://t.co/uVKEHzYVXg
John Sowell
Disturbing news. Adams Publishing, which owns the Idaho Press, the Boise Weekly and a dozen other Idaho papers, announced the eliminationof most part-time positions and moving reporters and other workers to a 30-hour week. https://t.co/K7M2qREJH5
Lyndsie Kiebert
Our entire staff at the Sandpoint Reader had to be laid off. My publisher is producing a 16-page paper by himself this week. Local media is already feeling the effects of this DEEPLY. https://t.co/EYhp1sHEqd
Elise Schmelzer
More newspapers seeing pay cuts, this time in Cheyenne WY and Idaho. Follows cuts in New Orleans and HERE in Denver at Westword. You've been relying on local news for crucial information during the coronavirus crisis. If you can pay for the news, please do. https://t.co/P7WaxJZFel
'Unprecedented' unemployment
From airlines to hotels, layoff notices starting to pour in from across Colorado From airlines to hotels, layoff notices starting to pour in from across Colorado
Unemployment claims in Canada reach nearly one million
Montana unemployment site back up after 'astronomical' amount of requests
'It's all hitting so quickly:' Coronavirus layoffs cause spike in unemployment claims
How Idaho's Department of Labor is handling an increase in unemployment claims
Unemployment claims jump amid coronavirus-related business closures in Wyoming
Virtual tip jars pop up to support service workers in Boise and beyond
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe prevails in court
Court orders full environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline Court orders full environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline
Meanwhile…
South Dakota governor signs 'riot-boosting' penalties
More energy news:
Beginning of a bust: Low oil prices take economic toll on Weld County, Colorado
Despite sagging market, firms still snap up most parcels at BLM oil and gas lease sale
Wyoming coal interests funneled money, experts to influence Colorado PUC decision on closing parts of Pueblo plant
Once among the fastest-growing sectors, solar industry faces uncertainty because of tax credits declining, coronavirus concerns
Bakken company using North Dakota flares to power up super computers to help model coronavirus cures
Spreading like wildfire
How the coronavirus crisis may hinder efforts to fight wildfires How the coronavirus crisis may hinder efforts to fight wildfires
Wildfire season is almost here, and coronavirus is making us less prepared
'Perfect storm'
The coronavirus is exacerbating vulnerabilities Native communities already face The coronavirus is exacerbating vulnerabilities Native communities already face
The U.S. has neglected Indian Country for years. Now comes a pandemic.
What else we're reading today
As Colorado coronavirus cases climb, ‘There is clearly a surge here’
Idaho Gov. Brad Little issues immediate statewide stay-at-home order
Opinion: Billings emergency docs need your help: Stay home
Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows
'Prisons are bacteria factories'; elderly most at risk
How will the coronavirus end?
Tribune editorial: How a crisis can build democracy
COVID-19 and the media’s climate coverage capabilities
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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