wyoming

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  • Colorado tops EPA list of states where 'forever chemicals' pose health risks
  • Ranchers fighting back against consolidated power in beef processing
  • KHOL's Will Walkey reports on Community Housing Fund in Jackson Hole, in latest story for RMCR's affordable housing collaboration with Solutions Journalism Network

  

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  • Governor Jared Polis says Monday's mass shooting at the South Boulder King Soopers was personal, as a longtime resident of the city himself
  • From KHOL's Will Walkey: Chronic wasting disease was discovered for the first time in the Jackson Hole region this winter, alarming wildlife advocates because of the practice of elk feeding in Western Wyoming, which some critics say could facilitate a fast and catastrophic spread of the fatal disease, but now wildlife specialists and feedground operators are teaming up to mitigate the impacts and keep elk fed

  

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  • Montrose Planning Commission approves HUB housing development with conditions
  • CASA completes capital campaign for new Delta facility
  • Paonia in Motion campaign launches to enhance public spaces
  • Gray wolf collared by CPW before fleeing back to Wyoming
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 4 committee assignments
  • Mountain West News Bureau: Among the right-wing groups taking part in the insurrection on January 6th, Oath Keepers was founded in our region

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  • Fentanyl overdose deaths more than doubled last year in Colorado
  • Skiers who died in avalanche Monday were Seth Bossung, Andy Jessen, Adam Palmer
  • State Senator Kerry Donovan will challenge Lauren Boebert in 2022 Congressional race
  • Governor, Ag Commissioner send letter of support for National Western Stock Show
  • Weld County residents once again attempting to secede, join Wyoming
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports the CORE Act is back

  

  • Oil production dropped 13% during the pandemic, largest drop in 20 years
  • Colorado food pantries reporting 2-3 times normal demand for food, 1/3 served never needed help before
  • Research from Yellowstone backs up theory that wolves may be effective way to control spread of chronic wasting disease
  • Will Walkey from KHOL reports on new threats to Wyoming's wind rush potential

Courtesy of High Country News

High Country News, the nonprofit newsmagazine headquartered in Paonia, is kicking off its 50th anniversary this week. Founded in Lander, Wyoming in 1970, the publication relocated to Paonia in 1983 under the leadership of Ed and Betsy Marston. High Country News became well known for its deep dives into the stories of the West’s complex environmental and natural resources issues, and its diverse communities and cultures.

Wyoming is sometimes called the Equality State — it had the nation's first female governor and was the first territory to give women the right to vote. But that legacy isn't visible on the floor of the state Senate. Just one of the 30 state senators is a woman.

"I am the queen of the Senate. I have my own little tiara," jokes Bernadine Craft, a Democrat who represents the mining town of Rock Springs.

About 7 percent of homeless people live in rural areas, but homeless advocates say services in those areas don't get as much federal funding as they deserve — partly because the number of homeless people might be underestimated.

Pocatello, Idaho, and Laramie, Wyo., might not be the first places you think of leading the charge to protect the LGBT community from discrimination. But in these rural, Republican-led states, local governments are taking the matter into their own hands.

Twenty-year-old college student CylieAnn Erickson was in the room when the city council in Laramie passed its LGBT anti-discrimination bill earlier this year. She says that when the final vote was counted, she breathed a sigh of relief.

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That's because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it's often not enough.

After the methane industry collapse, there were almost 4,000 wells in Wyoming that the company responsible walked away from. Now, the state has to pay the price.

The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.

In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West — The Big Empty, as settlers used to call it.