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Zinke Recommends Revising Bears Ears National Monument

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump and Congress “revise the existing boundaries” of Bears Ears National Monument.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 6, 2016

Today in New West news: coding in Montana, the new normal for the Yellowstone River, and CO energy co. emerges from bankruptcy.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 22, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah delegates reluctantly back Trump, Mark Fiege to assume MSU’s Wallace Stegner Chair, Colstrip agrees to stop pooling toxic coal ash sludge, and the potential cost of solar in Utah.

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A Bare-Knuckled Poke At Public Bison Herds In the West

As NewWest.Net's conversation with Bob 'Action' Jackson continues, the former Yellowstone Park backcountry ranger-turned-bison-rancher ignites rhetorical fireworks by offering a blunt assessment of public land management agencies overseeing bison populations across the West. He also takes aim at academics conducting research and teaching students in land grant universities. Jackson's scathing critique reminds many why he was such a divisive figure while working for the National Park Service. But does challenging the status quo make him wrong?

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A Rural Westerner Reflects On Life Behind The Lens

Marion Dickinson of Greybull, Wyoming is one of New West's most prolific commentors. She grew up on the edge of the Wind River Indian Reservation more than half a century ago. A midwife and a nurse by training who spent years working for the Indian Health Service, she has a perspective on her native region reflecting that of many rural Westerners and her postings frequently take aim at the positions of environmental groups, chafing her intended targets. One can agree with Dickinson or challenge the veracity of her claims, but what most readers don't know is that she possesses a skilled eye as a wildlife and nature photographer. A vivacious septuagenarian—Marion is 70!— her images have landed on the pages of some of the widest-circulation conservation magazines in America. We've asked Dickinson to reflect on her own encounters with the natural world and how they inform her approach to the lens. In the essay which follows, she offers a little background about her life and how she finally earned enough money to make the switch from film cameras to digital.

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Making Backyard Ice In An Age Of Global Warming

While you are reading these words, I am putting our Montana backyard on ice. I've been out past midnight for a couple of weeks now trying to make peace with the natural elements and uneven contours of frozen sod in order to make a skating rink for the kids. I must say that it is starting to look sweet as it shines in the end-of-day sunlight. What passes today as a modest extravagance in attempting to defy the gusts of warm Chinook winds that blow through in January and inevitably will turn this project into puddles is nothing compared to the epic struggle in the mountains between glaciers and the rising global thermostat. Decades from now when the glaciers are memorialized in our oral tradition, the same way that Native Americans speak of free-ranging bison in their origin stories, what will our kids remember of winter?

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What Are The Tipping Points For US-China Climate And Coal Policy?

If, as writer Malcolm Gladwell suggests in his book The Tipping Point, that it's often the intervention of certain people at critical moments in history that make a difference in changing public consciousnesses, small deeds can add up to a cascade of unexpected consequences. With the United Nations recently concluding its global summit on climate change in Nairobi, most governments on Earth--bolstered in their conclusions by the mountain of scientific evidence documenting human-caused changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and land from the Arctic North to the Amazon Basin--are moving toward action: Action that is more sophisticated, cooperative, and pragmatic than that layed out in the Kyoto Protocol more than a decade ago. Will the United States, China, and Australia join the rest of the world, engaging in a meaningful policy strategy not because Al Gore says so, but because it can no longer be ignored with even major industry conceding that changes must be made? Word on the street these days in Washington is that the Bush Administration is about to dramatically reverse course from its obstinate position on climate change and soon will unveil a strategy to address U.S. carbon dioxide emissions into Earth's atmosphere. Suddenly, the talk of clean coal technology in Wyoming and Montana has, thanks in part to a group of local diplomats, become recognized on the international stage.

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