- Governor calls legislature back for another special session. Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) still in debate.
- A critical perspective on the budget crisis ('The Stingiest State?') is explored here.
- More systematic analysis is located here.
Energy and the Environment
- Interesting results from an air quality study around oil and gas wells in Garfield County (Colorado).
- From the Arctic Sounder, a tundra fired grows to over 3000 acres.
- Trading coal for wind in Wyoming, but not without some adjustments, and pain.
- Montana weighs in on coal debates, if just barely.
- 2016 western wildfires in one map.
- Obama, on visits to multiple National Parks,highlights investment in public lands and conservation.
Social and Economic Insights and Policy
- Colorado's inequality rates explored.
- Were Native Americans purposely disenfranchised in Utah?
- Why Coloradois only 20th best state to be a child.
- Federal judge in Wyoming strikes down fracking regs.
- The fight for the Latino votes in the West - by conservatives here, by liberals here.
Curios and Cool