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Rockies Today

July 1 · Issue #134 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Violins and police violence
Protesters brought violins to a vigil for Elijah McClain. Police brought pepper spray and riot gear. Protesters brought violins to a vigil for Elijah McClain. Police brought pepper spray and riot gear.
Thousands call for justice for Elijah McClain in a day of music and marching
Jessie B
Aurora PD breaking up the peaceful violin vigil for the very kid they murdered. #ElijahMclain https://t.co/OP4TlawVk5
Meanwhile…
Aurora police officers on administrative leave after photos taken near site where Elijah McClain was apprehended surface
FBI, federal prosecutors have been reviewing Elijah McClain's death
What needs to happen next
Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado's reckoning with racism past and present Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado's reckoning with racism past and present
Utah Black Lives Matter founder talks racism, police brutality and what needs to happen next
The West protests
Fighting for MMIW
How the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club is fighting to save the lives of Native American women How the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club is fighting to save the lives of Native American women
The trailer for “Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible,” which aired Tuesday night on ESPN:
Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible - Trailer (BSDFF 2020)
Indian Country's census disaster
The U.S. government has always undercounted Native Americans. But COVID-19 could make the 2020 Census a disaster. The U.S. government has always undercounted Native Americans. But COVID-19 could make the 2020 Census a disaster.
The pandemic also threatens voting rights in parts of Indian Country:
Senate Democrats press AG Barr for answers about poll closures on Native American reservations
For Navajo Nation in Arizona, the election process is complicated and problematic
Trauma on the fireline
Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health Wildland firefighters are risking their mental health
BLM and #BLM
Manchin: Pendley's Black Lives Matter views make him unfit Manchin: Pendley's Black Lives Matter views make him unfit
Senate Republican: Pendley to face 'very tough questions'
Rebuilding coal communities
Coal leaders launch national platform to rebuild coal communities amid economic decline Coal leaders launch national platform to rebuild coal communities amid economic decline
Transition in Coal Country: Downturn drives Medicaid expansion appeal
COVID-19 deepens coal's decline as U.S. power emissions plummet – Moody's
Nonfossil sources accounted for 20% of U.S. energy consumption in 2019
What else we're reading today
Black Lives Matter protests may have slowed overall spread of coronavirus in Denver and other cities, new study finds
Two of UW's Black 14 share untold stories, post-George Floyd view
Supreme Court says Montana can't exclude religious schools
Idaho laws rolling back transgender rights take effect amid legal scrutiny
Major Wyoming shale producer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy
Oil company extends bid deadline for Wyoming lands
Colorado oil, gas commission proposes higher mill levy on companies to maintain current revenue levels
As wildfires flare up across West, research highlights risk of ecological change
Above normal wildfire activity predicted to expand from the Great Basin into the Northwest and Northern Rockies
The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains
There is too much news
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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