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Rockies Today for Monday, August 26

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Wyoming’s coal industry adjusts to a new normal

In the Powder River Basin, “this summer changed everything,” writes the Casper Star-Tribune’s Camille Erickson in this long-read on the rightsizing of the top coal-producing region in the country.


Rockies Today for Friday, August 23

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Nebraska high court OKs Keystone XL pipeline path

Today the Nebraska Supreme Court approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s planned path through the state, a significant victory for the developer and supporters of the pipeline that’s been in limbo for more than a decade. But the ruling’s not the final word. Remaining hurdles include a federal lawsuit in Montana seeking to block construction.


Rockies Today for Thursday, August 22

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

BLM to weaken protections of central Mont. wilds

In reporting on the Interior Department’s management of public lands under the Trump administration, PBS NewsHour zooms in on the BLM’s push to promote oil and gas development on lands with “wilderness characteristics” in central Montana.


Rockies Today for Wednesday, August 21

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Multiyear snow droughts to become more common

A University of Idaho-led study published this month finds that consecutive low snow years could become six times more common across the West over the latter half of the century.


Rockies Today for Tuesday, August 20

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Insurers pull back in wildfire-prone Western states

Following years of record-setting wildfires in both size and cost, officials in Western states are getting more complaints from people whose insurance companies have refused to renew their coverage.


Rockies Today for Wednesday, August 7

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Editor’s note: Rockies Today is taking a summer break. You can expect the next edition to be published the week of August 19. Thanks for reading.

Reckoning nears for fossil fuel-dependent states

Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel-dependent states and communities, writes Carl Segerstrom in this High Country News analysis. Wyoming’s especially vulnerable, as it continues to rely on fossil fuels and lags behind other states in transition planning.


Rockies Today for Tuesday, August 6

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Greater sage grouse counts show three-year slide

Spring counts indicate that greater sage grouse populations in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon have fallen for a third consecutive year, supporting fears the troubled bird may be on a West-wide population slide, WyoFile’s Angus M. Thuermer Jr. reports.


Rockies Today for Monday, August 5

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

Colorado becoming a patchwork of oil and gas rules

Boulder County wants to enact tougher regulations. Weld County wants to make it easier to drill. And the state is scrambling to keep up.


Rockies Today for Friday, August 2

Today’s top stories from around the region curated by Mountain West News

‘Insane’ wildfires in the Arctic spark feedback loop

As summers get drier and warmer, infernos such as those in Alaska and Siberia could become more common—and push traditional firefighting methods beyond their limits.

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