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. Months of upheaval has left analysts asking, "what's next" for Wyoming's coal industry Highway 59 slices through the rolling prairie of northern Wyoming, a thin line of gray amid a sea of golden grasses and…trib.com
Keystone XL clears big hurdle
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…
BLM ‘out of balance’
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.
The coming snow droughts
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. U of I-led study: Back-to-back low snow years will become more common Longer fire seasons and poor snow conditions at ski resorts - those kinds of ecological and economic challenges could…www.postregister.com
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. As Wildfires Get Worse, Insurers Pull Back From Riskiest Areas Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. WASHINGTON - Insurers are…www.nytimes.com
Lost in transition
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…
Grouse tail off
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.
Colorado’s drilling divide
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. Colorado is quickly becoming a patchwork of oil and gas rules after a major law change When county commissioners met this summer to ponder local control of oil and gas operations in Boulder County…coloradosun.com
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. 'Climate change makes it worse': Arctic fires threaten more dark days in the North Unusually aggressive wildfires in the Arctic are releasing waves of greenhouse gases, lasting longer, reaching deeper…www.theglobeandmail.com