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Gaps in U.S. wildfire smoke warning network leave many exposed

Government programs to alert the public when smoke pollution becomes unhealthy rely on about 950 permanent monitoring stations and dozens of mobile units that can be deployed around major fires


Two new medical schools are opening in Montana. But does the western U.S. really need them?

Rocky Vista University, which has a campus in Colorado, is one of two organizations planning new Montana medical schools. People who provide hands-on experiences for students worry the state doesn't have enough clinical opportunities to support the flood of new students.


Wolf reintroduction happened so fast in Montana and Idaho, the states are expanding hunting. Here’s what Colorado can learn.

In Montana and Idaho, state officials are pushing to decrease the wolf population through expanded hunting seasons, night hunting and snare traps.


Rural ambulance services in mountain communities are in jeopardy as volunteers age and expenses mount

In rural America, it’s increasingly difficult for ambulance services to respond to emergencies. One factor is that emergency medical services are struggling to find young volunteers to replace retiring EMTs


Oil companies lock in drilling on western public lands, challenging Joe Biden on climate

In Colorado, a dozen permits are approved or pending to drill in Pawnee National Grassland, a birding destination where wildflowers and cactuses bloom below the buttes


Democrats keep focus on public lands in Colorado, Montana Senate races despite GOP legislative win

The Republican incumbents appeared to have inoculated themselves against attacks when Montana’s Steve Daines and Colorado’s Cory Gardner worked with President Donald Trump to finalize sweeping conservation legislation

Politics and Government

Montana governor asks court to block actions by Trump’s land boss, William Perry Pendley

A federal judge last month ousted Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director William Perry Pendley from his post as acting director


Judge removes Trump’s public lands boss, William Perry Pendley, after governor sued

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate.


Announcement of Forrest Fenn’s found treasure doesn’t stop speculation

Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure may have been discovered in early June, but that hasn’t stopped fortune hunters from speculating about where it was hidden


The pandemic made me change my big plans, and reconsider where I called home

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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