Posted in Colorado Plateau Colorado Plateau Colorado River High Country News Interview The West Water

‘This system cannot be sustained’ This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.

By Anna V. Smith/ High Country News March 10, 2020 The Colorado River Basin is the setting for some of the most drawn-out and complex water issues in the Western U.S. In 2019, the Colorado River…

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Posted in Courts/justice Energy Mining News Off the wire Public Lands The West

Judge voids Trump oil and gas lease sales on nearly 1 million acres of Sage Grouse habitat

“The judge confirmed that it’s illegal to silence the public to expand fossil-fuel extraction.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Environmental advocates cheered a federal judge’s ruling Thursday that voided oil and gas leases on roughly one…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Development Energy Environment First Nations Mining News The West Water

BLM suspends oil & gas extraction leases in Little Colorado River Valley

Flagstaff  The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court yesterday (Feb 5) after…

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Posted in Common Dreams Immigration Off the wire Politics The West

‘Nobody can build like I can build. Nobody’: watch winds knock down Trump border wall

“What a perfect visual metaphor for a presidency fuelled by hot air.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Mother Nature: 1. President Donald Trump: 0. That’s the scorecard from the southern border after gusts of wind of…

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Posted in Environment News The West Water

Lawsuit: Trump admin violating the Endangered Species Act in AZ & NM: Cattle trampling waterways.

“It shouldn’t take a lawsuit to keep livestock from trampling these fragile southwestern rivers, but the Forest Service has turned a blind eye,” said Brian Segee, an attorney at the Center. “We found cows, manure and…

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The land around Red Knoll near Kanab, UT that could have been razed for a frac sand mine. Photo by Tara Lohan
Posted in Colorado Plateau Community organizing Energy Environment Environmental Justice Mining Off the wire Politics The Revelator The West

How one Utah community fought the fracking industry — and won

Kanab, a small Utah town that’s home to the famous Best Friends Animal Society, took an unconventional path to face down a frac sand mine that threatened the region’s aquifer. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator A…

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Posted in Energy Environment National Off the wire Politics The West

Pendley acting BLM chief on green ‘radicals’ and the ‘war on the West’

By Timothy Cama, Environment & Energy Greenwire Report Environmentalists are “extremists” or “radicals.” Bureaucrats often lie or cheat to accomplish their goals. The government is carrying out a “war” on the western United States. Native American…

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Posted in Environment Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico News Off the wire The West

Trump’s border wall threatens an Arizona oasis with a long, diverse history

The waters of Quitobaquito in southern Arizona have attracted diverse visitors for thousands of years. Jared Orsi, CC BY-ND By Jared Orsi, Colorado State University A few hundred yards from the Mexican border in southern Arizona…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Editorial/opinon Energy Mining National News Off the wire Politics The West

Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won’t be good for public lands

Sheep grazing on BLM land near Shoshone, Idaho. BLM/Flickr, CC BY John Freemuth, Boise State University and James R. Skillen, Calvin University The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including…

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Posted in Economy Energy Environment Labor Science The West

US green economy growth dwarfs Donald Trump’s highest hopes for the fossil fuel industry

The sun may be setting on the USA’s green economy leadership. Jason Blackeye/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Lucien Georgeson, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL While US President Donald Trump may be “the world’s most powerful climate change denier”,…

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The family walks along public land near Marisela’s home in Flagstaff.
Posted in Arizona Community Courts/justice Immigration National News Off the wire Social Justice The West

To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family

One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics. *Note: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals By Sarah Tory High Country News One afternoon last April (2019), a group of agents with…

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Posted in Community economic justice First Nations National News Off the wire Politics Social Justice The West

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3. By Allison Herrera High Country News In the last decade, more than 70 natural disasters have…

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