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Rockies Today

March 23 · Issue #96 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Tourist trap
Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close
In Colorado…
Rocky Mountain National Park closes amid coronavirus outbreak at the request of mayor, local health department
More on the problem with decamping to parks, public lands and other outdoor hotspots:
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus
Rangers at risk as parks remain open in pandemic, advocates say
Grijalva slams Bernhardt on visitors as NPS urges distance
Latest coronavirus casualty: public restrooms on national forests
Outdoor meccas are not a social distancing hack
Opinion: What the coronavirus teaches us
Coronavirus hits Indian Country
Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus
Coronavirus hits Native American groups already struggling with poor health care
House members plea for Indian Health Services aid
First COVID-19 case confirmed on Wind River Reservation
Remote Alaska villages isolate themselves further in effort to shield against coronavirus
Coronavirus could be a 'disaster' for some tribes in Rocky Mountains, Great Plains
Rural hospitals prep
For Montana's small hospitals, preparing for COVID-19 has its own challenges For Montana's small hospitals, preparing for COVID-19 has its own challenges
Wyoming's rural hospitals prepare for coronavirus
In Sublette County, no COVID-19 yet. No hospital either.
As coronavirus spreads, rural Washington prepares for the worst
Rural hospital CEOs clamor for federal cash infusion to keep doors open in pandemic
Meanwhile…
Tests run short and results come slow in coronavirus-stricken rural communities
'The hat trick from hell'
Pressed by coronavirus and falling oil prices, Alaska is running out of available cash Pressed by coronavirus and falling oil prices, Alaska is running out of available cash
Colorado scrutinizes oil and gas tax breaks as severance taxes drop and the state budget gets tight
Layoffs whip through Wyoming energy industry
Alberta’s record-low oil prices: What the coronavirus and a supply glut mean for the province
Oil-sands workers brace for ‘hellish’ outbreak in remote camps
What else we're reading today
Inside a Colorado coronavirus ward: The frightening reality for doctors as first cases arrive
Denver sets sights on hundreds of respite rooms for people experiencing homelessness who need to be isolated because of the new coronavirus
Delays in getting COVID-19 materials in Spanish may put people at risk, experts say
Utah funeral homes find ways to help people grieve despite limitations from coronavirus
Who has COVID-19? One Colorado county is offering blood tests to all its residents to find out
Trump administration continues oil and gas leasing during price drop and coronavirus pandemic
Conservationists launch fight against BLM's management plan for central Montana
Coal-fired power plants finding new uses as data centers, clean energy hubs
Amid pandemic, U.S. coal industry seeks lower taxes, royalties
A mustang crisis looms in the West
PG&E will plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Camp Fire
What’s become of the Arctic
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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