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Wild assets
By Mountain West News • Issue #262 • View online

Updates from the 'billionaire wilderness'
Pittsburgh Steelers co-owner stirs up debate with Teton Valley land grab
Rupert Murdoch buys sprawling ranch in Beaverhead County, Montana
Jackson Fork Ranch approved for rezoning by commissioners
Toms Shoes founder sells 2019 home in Bar BC listed at $65M
Billionaire venture capitalist buys Strawberry Park Ranch
Gaining ground in the Y2Y
Did it work? Yellowstone to Yukon researchers find novel ways to measure success
Thinking like a footloose wolf might be recipe for land conservation success
What's in a name?
Flathead County harbors last derogatory place-names in Montana
Peak near Evergreen renamed Mestaa'ehehe Mountain as slurs are stripped from Colorado place names
Ranch hopes to rename peak with derogatory name after Wyoming's Tetons
Nixing the 's-word': Idaho to see dozens of name changes after federal directive
Federal effort to remove derogatory place names identifies 11 Southern Utah sites
In need of a lift
Raft guides, ski lift operators and thousands of other workers on federal land are set to have a $15 minimum wage starting next year
Seasonal guides are speaking up about the stresses of the job
Weather patterns
The West sizzled in a November heat wave and snow drought
Late snowfall in the American West is part of pattern
Meager snowfall still an issue for Colorado ski resorts as Christmas holiday looms
Critter ticker
Wyoming residents will soon be able to collect roadkill
CWD expert: Wolves and hunters can help minimize spread of deadly protein
Reward in eastern Oregon wolf poisoning case grows to nearly $43,000
Lawsuit seeks to stop wolf trapping and snaring in Idaho
Trailblazing grizzly conflict specialist to retire
Oilfield waste
Report: Interior oil program is wasteful, outdated
Can these high-tech methane detectors help the U.S. reach its climate goals?
After exceeding pollution limits, oilfield operator seeks relaxed permit
Dispatches from the energy transition
Xcel Energy wants to change how it powers millions of Colorado homes. How that happens depends on these hearings.
As Xcel electrifies the Eastern Plains, how close is too close to the Sand Creek Massacre site?
Wind developer joins $3B transmission project poised to be 'backbone' for Western power markets
A wind farm in Wyoming is one step closer to approval
BLM deals blow to wind farm competing with would-be monument
Solar farm set to generate 80% of Salt Lake City’s municipal energy
Montana's slice of $555B in clean energy plan could expand green projects
What else we're reading today
As West withers corporations consolidate land and water rights
Many tribal homes don't have clean water, and the road to getting it is lined with hurdles
Schools have lost thousands of students during the pandemic
Staff turnover, recruitment challenges hit Wyoming's environmental agency
Meet a conservation group that goes where most fear to tread
'Pioneers': Change to Idaho law legalizing hemp production draws first applicants
Lee Enterprises, owner of several Montana newspapers, rejects Alden's bid to purchase
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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