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Opinion: Running for office? Your voters are outdoors — and you should be, too

As the midterms quickly approach, the nation’s political mood is shifting. Many pundits who’d predicted a “red wave” in response to the nation’s financial condition are now changing their tunes as a result of declining prices, the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion, and the unexpected Senate passage of the Inflation […]

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Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

By Morgan Lee and Mead Gruver, The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — Government budgets are booming in New Mexico: Teacher salaries are up, residents can go to an in-state college tuition-free, moms will get medical care for a year after childbirth, and criminal justice initiatives are being funded to reduce urban violence. The reason […]

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Outdoor Retailer is leaving Denver for Salt Lake City, industry leaders promise to boycott

Outdoor Retailer is moving its twice-a-year trade shows out of Denver and back to Salt Lake City.  The national outdoor trade show with a $45 million annual impact left Utah in 2017 after industry heavyweights blasted the state’s leaders for supporting the reduction of federally-protected national monuments. It will return to its 20-year home in […]

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Patagonia, REI, others threaten to boycott Outdoor Retailer if it moves back to Salt Lake City

An environmental conservation group and two dozen outdoor recreation companies, including Patagonia, REI and The North Face, announced Monday they would boycott the Outdoor Retailer trade show if it’s moved from Denver back to Salt Lake City, accusing Utah’s leaders of trying to chip away at protections for national monuments and public lands. The Conservation […]

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Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of public-lands ban

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report by the Interior Department stops short of recommending […]

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Interior secretary orders removal of racist terms, aims to change place names

By Susan Montoya Bran, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove it from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names.  Haaland is ordering a federal panel tasked with naming geographic places to […]

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Biden administration says oil, gas sales damage climate — but won’t stop them on public lands in the West

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration is planning to sell oil and gas leases on huge tracts of public land in the U.S. West, despite the Interior Department’s conclusion that doing so could cost society billions of dollars in climate change impacts, according to government documents. Administration officials announced […]