Andy Smetanka holds a sign protesting the closure of Montana's only alternative weekly newspaper.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

As Newspapers Shutter Or Shrink, Mountain West Reporters Unionize

Freelance writer Sarah Aswell leans against a big rock near downtown Missoula, Montana. She’s surrounded by people holding signs and protesting the abrupt closure of the state’s oldest alternative weekly newspaper. “It feels weird to think about anything except our loss today,” she said .

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Andy Smetanka holds a sign protesting the closure of Montana's only alternative weekly newspaper.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Freelance writer Sarah Aswell leans against a big rock near downtown Missoula, Montana.

She’s surrounded by people holding signs and protesting the abrupt closure of the state’s oldest alternative weekly newspaper.

“It feels weird to think about anything except our loss today,” she said .

The federal agency overseeing the Lake Powell Pipeline license application issued a key ruling on Tuesday which some critics are saying will delay the project. But supporters insist that now they're actually a step closer to getting final approval.

It may be autumn in a couple of days but wildfire season isn't slowing down. People living in parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah remain evacuated from their homes because of nearby wildfires. And the flames are fueling another thing-private firefighting companies.

The outdoor recreation industry is growing faster than ever, especially in our region. In fact, new statistics show this sector grew faster than the overall U.S. economy.

Our region has attracted the attention of the Terminator.

“I’m right now on a campaign to terminate gerrymandering,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger in a video from Budapest, where he’s shooting his latest film.  

Schwarzenegger is raising money for efforts in four states, including two in the Mountain West, to end the political practice.

We hear about gerrymandering a lot these days, but not necessarily an explanation for what it is. It’s complicated, but not impossible to explain.

 

The head of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City has released a public report that details sexual abuse allegations involving Utah priests and nearly three dozen victims since

Fire ecologists on both sides of the border say more logging isn't a 'silver bullet' solution to wildfires.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

The sun is just a dim red dot. The nearby Canadian Rockies are shrouded in thick wildfire smoke.

Bob Gray knows we probably shouldn’t be hiking up a mountain right now.

“I have a scratchy throat,” he says. “Physically it effects my breathing. I probably shouldn’t spend a lot of time in it.”

Stella Fong

Cool jazz weaves through the room as I sip a pretty cocktail with house made tinctures and infusions. As my back sinks into the soft leather seat, I study a menu with large clean print. A server comes by and gently places a basket of warm bread at the table. I smile inhaling the aroma of baked wheat and melting sweet butter. Then sizzle and fire flash into the room from the open kitchen. I am happy and become happier when I take my first bite of a summer tomato salad garnished with basil leaves on fresh Burrata.

A nine-year-old boy in Colorado took his own life on the first week of school this year. The tragedy highlighted a pervasive problem in the state and in the Mountain West region as a whole -- the high suicide rate -- especially among youth. Goal Academy in Pueblo, Colorado is a charter program with high schools around the state that focuses on both academic and mental wellbeing.   

Nearly three hundred names have been added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs. Occupational cancer claimed many of those lives.

A federal judge has extended a temporary ban on grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park while he mulls the animal’s fate.

 


Teams of people from the Mountain West, including firefighters and Red Cross volunteers, have already been deployed to the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

Henry B. Syverun, Syverun Scrapbooks / Montana Historical Society

As the saying goes “…you are what you eat,” but what you eat can be history.

Two researchers will be in Sidney, Montana this Saturday to meet with residents in the hunt for clues into the history of Roosevelt and Richland counties through the food of that area.

Jackie Yamanaka/YPR

The renovation of a 70-year old science building at Montana State University Billings took another step closer toward completion. The Montana Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the campus to spend just over $17 million dollars on the project before the regents joined students, donors and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

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