Public lands dispute from some different angles
- From a perhaps unlikely, at first, source, this travelogue feature takes a nuanced look at the debate over public lands, conservation, and human prosperity, in Montana.
- Trail saboteurs target mountain bikers near Denver.
- A rogue skier cuts illegal trails in New Mexico -- a trend being combated by East Coast Rangers as well, who might have some suggestions as to how to proceed next.
- Though posted once already, Colorado's recent passing of a Public Lands Day provides an insight into the political divisions that have hardened around a symbolic, and manufactured at times, debate.
The legacy of development - from mining to the A-Bomb!
- Additional information emerges around who has benefited from mining royalties to date (hint: not the host communities), and who gets stuck with the bill (hint: the host communities). NB: AMRDI is not anti-mining, but urges for the equitable and transparent disbursement of legally-bound mining royalties to assist with mitigation and local development, just as we urge political leadership to more seriously invest in rural development and job-training in order to off-set the very real pain Western mining communities are now experiencing.
- New Mexico first to sue federal government over the Gold King mine spill.
- Local homeowners (CO) settle in long-standing case with the government over the infamous Rocky Flats nuclear test facility.
Now Looking forward
- Colorado State University hosted an NPR-lead discussion on the Future of Water, in the West and beyond.
- Fighting rural energy costs in Alaska, and new awards for small communities to explore renewable energy production.
- Reducing recidivism, and other obstacles to success, by tribal courts.
- The future of oil and gas in village Alaska remains contentious, and is playing out in DC.
What we missed
- Federal public health funds flow into each Montana and Wyoming.
- U Wyoming facing drastic budget cuts, to ire of faculty.