Follow up to our public lands conflict focus
- NPR profiles a Utah 'constitutionalist' Sheriff, while managing to be objective in analyzing the nuances behind the conflict between local and federal law enforcement.
Alaska budget fallout updates
- Are University of Alaska's professors fleeing ahead of the expected budget axe?
- The Alaska state legislature continues to duke it out in an extended session. At the heart of debate are competing proposals for oil tax reform -- one limiting tax breaks and credits, the other securing them well into the future.
Community-centered solutions to conflict -- from land to water
High Country News continues to lead the way on reporting that underscores both the challenges facing rural communities, as well as novel solutions, and solutions in which federal and local agencies cooperate for meaningful change. The following two stories are positive accounts of how federal, state and local agencies can coordinate to tackle obstinate challenges over lands and water, but which transcend local culture and identity as well:
- From New Mexico, a novel effort in forest management.
- The San Luis Valley, Colorado, comes together to tackle dwindling water tables, with meaningful results.
Ski Area Economies
- Colorado Supreme court upholds protection of ski areas from lawsuits over in-bounds avalanches.
- One view on life in Montana...