Climate and Energy Related News from around the West
- Lake Mead drops to historic lows (article includes satellite imagery), with implications for states, farmers, development and water rationing.
- A short film examines the growing risk of wildfire in Colorado under conditions of rapid climate change.
- 'Environmental insurgency' takes on reluctant Utah lawmakers through their Clean Parks Plan -- EPA forces Utah coal plants to curb pollution as a result.
- Sharing excess renewable energy across state lines? Not as easy as it sounds.
- Abandoned oil and gas wells cause problems for unsuspecting contractors.
Public Lands and Public Policy News
- Proposed Bears Ears National Monument, despite unprecedented inclusion of Native Americans in planning process,remains contentious and in doubt.
- Montana state legislature poised to welcome record number of long-underrepresented Native American lawmakers.
- Conservative or not, Wyoming residents embrace federal funding of Medicaid.
- Meanwhile in Colorado, and the well-documented net positive effects of ACA, premiums are poised to raise significantly, raising risk of higher un/under-insured rates.
Ski Areas News
A *must-read* article from National Geographic's Adventure Blog explores the surprising correlation between ski area towns in the West and high suicide rates. Only Alaska, notably, exceeds the Rocky Mountain 'suicide belt' in suicie rates.
- An in-depth follow-up on CO Supreme Court ruling in favor of Winter Park over in-bound avalanches, located here.
- Eldora Mountain sold to Powdr. Uncertainty remains over mountain's contentious plans to expand.
- Under conditions of budget cuts, bi-partisan support for increased mental health care screening in Alaska persists.