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Study shows public land is good for rural West

For many parts of the rural West – like Oregon’s Harney County, where timber jobs dropped 70 percent between 1998 and 2013 – large swaths of public land can feel like a burden. Counties rich in...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado activists set their sights on a ballot measure to limit drilling

Over the past two years, plummeting natural gas and oil prices have caused energy companies in Colorado to lay off thousands of employees, and put state and local governments in a pinch from...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New leader steps up for the American Lands Council

The organization leading the charge for Western states to take over federal lands has a new leader. Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder is stepping up as CEO of the American Lands Council, while...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western states react strongly to Supreme Court stay of Clean Power Plan

Arizona’s air pollution agency had planned a full schedule for its meeting Wednesday on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Environmentalists, electric companies and others were gathering to...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Control of water rights left to ski resorts

In 2011, the U.S. Forest Service issued a controversial water rights directive that would have required ski areas operating under a special use permit on public land to transfer their water rights...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

A haven for traffickers?

DENVER – Seeking a safe haven in Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state’s sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

How BLM rule affects oil and gas fields

On Jan. 22, as “Snowzilla” was about to hit Washington D.C. and much of the East Coast, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced much-anticipated rules on emissions from oil and gas production...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Grand bargain’

For the past three years, conservation groups held out hope that Republican Rep. Rob Bishop would protect some of Utah’s most stunning and vulnerable red rock landscapes in exchange for oil and gas...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obstacles remain to reach uninsured

Health organizations around the country are making the final push to enroll about 10 percent of the population that remains uninsured by Jan. 31, and in Southwest Colorado, local officials face...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far

DENVER — Snowpack in the mountains that feed the Colorado River was slightly above the long-term average on Wednesday — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest. But water and weather experts...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspicion over federal wolf plan spreads to Colorado, Utah

DENVER – Suspicion over federal plans to restore endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest has spread to Colorado and Utah, where ranchers and officials are fiercely resisting any attempt to...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Regional butterfly will be considered for protection

On Jan. 12, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will evaluate three rare insects for protection under the Endangered Species Act: the Great Basin silverspot butterfly, narrow-foot...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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