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Rockies Today

June 8 · Issue #124 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

This is different. The Mountain West shows why.
Why the small protests in small towns across America matter Why the small protests in small towns across America matter
Missoula-based journalist Anne Helen Petersen reported this story. On Sunday she spoke with NPR about it:
The importance of small town protests against police violence
On some of the small-town protests around the region:
Laramie marches
Andrew Graham
Laramie this evening on Laramie’s principle intersection at 3rd and Grand. Marchers abandoned the sidewalks today to go down the middle Grand Ave. Police are running roadblocks around them a block off, so actually there aren’t cars blocked here. https://t.co/AxEgTC2rLn
Riverton, Wyoming, vigil draws more than 100 demonstrators
Area protesters demonstrate in Pinedale, Wyoming
Thousands chant in Montana streets protesting George Floyd's death
David Roberts
In Whitefish, Montana, a young woman named Samantha Francine is confronted by a large white man with balled fists, shouting, "Black Lives Matter? Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!" She does not look away.

This is America, 2020.

(Photo by Grace Jensen) https://t.co/dq3Akejk3s https://t.co/2kN4P7QgaL
Protesters march to courthouse in Idaho Falls, demand justice for George Floyd
Grand Junction sees week of protests in wake of George Floyd's murder
Ogden's 'Take a Knee,' one of the city's largest-ever protests, held peacefully on Saturday
Black Lives Matter protests spread to southern Utah communities of Moab, Kanab, St. George
Opinion: My tiny, white town just held a protest. We’re not alone.
Leah Sottile
A hell of a front page today by Missoula, Montana daily @missoulian. https://t.co/9vIEjkDCv4
More on #BlackLivesMatter
Other protests flare and fade. Why this movement already seems different.
Why George Floyd protests resonated so early in Denver
On 11th day of George Floyd protests, Denver police announce major use-of-force policy changes
Why Denver cops finally agreed to changes
Amid protests, Colorado lawmakers float bill to counter police brutality
Utah has little civilian oversight of police, and departments don’t say much about officer misconduct
'Not just a black and white issue:' Montana tribal members react to death of George Floyd
What really is antifa?
Elevated voices: Listening in the Mountain West
What else we're reading right now
Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
Unheard
Montana’s tribal nations preserve COVID restrictions to preserve their cultures
COVID-19 stalks large families in rural America
Higher COVID-19 case numbers for Latinos in the Magic Valley highlight larger issues
Citing an economic emergency, Trump directs agencies across government to waive federal regulations
Trump’s order could speed major Utah projects by dodging some environmental reviews
Trump waives environmental reviews, vulnerable communities could bear the brunt
House rolls out sweeping bipartisan lands package
Drought fears take hold in a Four Corners region already beset by the coronavirus pandemic
Western Colorado water purchases stir up worries about the future of farming
Supreme Court leaves Montana's donor disclosure law intact
Colorado’s oil and gas producers are slashing budgets, closing wells as demand and cash flow dwindles
Bankruptcy is a jackpot for CEOs helming failed oil companies
Rules to keep coal-fired power plants burning in Wyoming are expected soon
Catching a band of wildlife killers
Ghost cats: How the West is learning to live with mountain lions
How to get broadband internet for all
Just like COVID-19, racial justice is also a climate story
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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