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Yellowstone wolf reintroduction, 25 years later

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January 13 · Issue #61 · View online
The big stories up and down the Rocky Mountains, curated by Mountain West News

Yellowstone wolf reintroduction, 25 years later
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Billings Gazette on Sunday published long reads looking back at what may be “the most important wildlife restoration project ever conceived and executed in the United States.”
Carrying history: 25 years later, the wolves of Yellowstone and the man who told their story Carrying history: 25 years later, the wolves of Yellowstone and the man who told their story
25 years later: Politics, myths and the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone
Meanwhile…
Colorado braces for wolves as politics clash with wildlife management
More wildlife news:
Trump admin launches review of grizzly bears
Thirteen grizzlies illegally killed in the past two years despite B.C.'s ban on hunting the bears
Judge rejects challenge to Colorado wildlife officials’ plan to kill black bears and mountain lions
On migration corridors, Wyo. governor attempts to strike balance between energy, environment
Utah cities and counties looking to restrict hunting
Boulder County's populations of native bird species decline in the face of development, indicate further environmental degradation
Wind rush
Wind farm projects lining up to call hills around south-central Montana town home Wind farm projects lining up to call hills around south-central Montana town home
In the hills around Rapelje, where jackrabbits far outnumber people, there’s a renewable energy powerhouse in the making.
Wind farms, four of them in various stages of development, promise to deliver up to 480 megawatts of capacity just as planned coal power plant retirements in Montana are escalating.
There are 80 megawatts of generation spinning at Stillwater Wind, and four projects of similar size on a slow walk through the regulatory process of Montana’s Public Service Commission. A little further south, between Rapelje and Columbus, two more developments are in the process. In neighboring Carbon County, construction crews are working on pads for a 240-megawatt wind farm capable of electrifying a mid-sized city.
So many wind farm developers have knocked on the door of the Stillwater County Commission that the regional government has created a form with all the pertinent project questions.
“The previous commissioners have been talking to wind farms for 16-plus years,” said Mark Crago, Stillwater County Commissioner. “It’s just now finally come to fruition and a lot of it has to do with the tax abatement sunsets in 2021. A lot of these companies either have to get it done to get the tax benefits or they’re just going to have to not have any benefit from the tax relief.”
More energy and climate news:
This is what energy resilience could look like
NOAA: Minimal impact on wildlife in proposed LNG export project
Planned refinery by national park hurt by funding, lawsuits
As PSC considers DAPL expansion, it will weigh tribe's request for spill-related documents
As the deadline to approve a massive oilsands project approaches, its economic benefit is up in the air
Canada to make climate change a centerpiece of 2020 budget plan
Emails reveal U.S. Justice Dept. working closely with oil industry to oppose climate lawsuits
Inside a think tank's campaign to rescind Bears Ears
Sutherland Institute’s campaign against Bears Ears was relentless, effective and mostly funded by a tight circle of activists Sutherland Institute’s campaign against Bears Ears was relentless, effective and mostly funded by a tight circle of activists
More news relating to public lands:
BLM's Pendley on green 'radicals' and the 'war on the West'
Colorado burned and cleared tens of thousands of acres in 2019 to mitigate wildfires
What else we're reading today
A well of grief: The relatives of murdered Native women speak out
Wildfires changing boreal forest ecosystem
Rare salt formations appear along the Great Salt Lake
Many Colorado resort homes sit empty. So why not tax ‘em for affordable housing?
Both patients and rural Colorado hospitals have cash worries with high-deductible health plans
A novel idea for mental health care in rural Washington
Raising minimum wage could reduce suicide in Mountain West
Experts say the Magna Carta of American environmental law is under siege
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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