Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

Covering Wildfire Is No Longer Seasonal Work

Deadly fires that swept Tennessee are harbingers of a new normal for these massive burns, driven by drought and climate factors to become a year-round, multi-region phenomenon. Our in-depth backgrounder offers dozens of resources, plus tips and ideas for improving your wildfire coverage.

Will Midnight Monuments Be Coming in Obama’s Final Days?

The Obama administration has already used the century-old Antiquities Act to protect public lands more often than any president perhaps since FDR. Will the outgoing White House make additional controversial last-minute designations? Here are at least five possible locales to watch, in our newest TipSheet. Image: © Clipart.com

Colorado Strains To Meet EPA Health Standards For Ozone Air Pollution

"Colorado officials say it will be 2021 before the state meets the current federal health standard for ozone air pollution — for which metro Denver and the northern Front Range have been out of compliance for more than four years."

Source: Denver Post, 11/21/2016

"Colorado Voters Just Made It A Lot Harder To Pass Fracking Bans"

"In recent years, a number of communities in the state have passed local [fracking] bans, but the state Supreme Court struck them down. Activists then decided to try to change the constitution to allow local fracking bans. So the oil and gas industry then decided to try to make changing the constitution more difficult."

Source: Grist, 11/11/2016

"In The Nevada Desert, Bundy Family Warns Of Another Standoff"

"BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Less than a week after being acquitted at a trial over last winter’s armed occupation of an Oregon federal wildlife refuge, Nevada rancher Ryan Bundy said another protest action will be justified if President Obama goes ahead with plans to create a huge national monument abutting the Bundy family’s ranch here."

Source: Wash Post, 11/02/2016

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