Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

"Glacier National Park's Glaciers Will Be Gone In Our Lifetime"

"Montana's Glacier National Park is quickly losing an important part of its natural beauty: Its glaciers. U.S. Geological Survey data released Wednesday shows the park's 37 glaciers, along with two others on federal Forest Service land, have shrunk an average of about 40% since 1966."

Source: USA TODAY, 05/11/2017

Zinke Met By Protest As He Arrives To Consider Utah Monuments

"SALT LAKE CITY — While protestors clogged the sidewalk outside, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he will be gathering perspectives of people on all sides of a deeply controversial issue as he reviews the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments."

Source: Deseret News, 05/08/2017

Wildfire Season Comes Earlier, Bringing Broader Stories

Fire season is back, if it ever went away. And it's no longer a natural disaster story limited in geographic scope. Now it's a nationwide U.S. story touching on climate, money, politics, zoning, pollution and more. The latest Tipsheet runs down key information sources, plus what make a good peg for your local wildfire reporting.

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June 2, 2017

DEADLINE: IJNR's Upper Colorado River Institute

Journalists, come find out about trans-basin diversion, water rights, water law, agriculture, allocation, a history of extractive industry, endangered species and more during this Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources trip, July 22-29, 2017, to Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Apply by Jun 2.


"US: Nuke Site Cleanup Efforts Paying Off For Idaho Aquifer"

"A giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades of monitoring but the water level of the aquifer is at its lowest ever recorded, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released this week."

Source: AP, 04/14/2017

"U.S. Government Sued Over Plan To Kill Cougars And Bears In Colorado"

"Wildlife conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday seeking to halt a plan to trap and kill as many as 120 mountain lions and black bears in Colorado in a bid to stem declines in populations of mule deer favored by hunters."

Source: Reuters, 04/13/2017


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