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A look at the Priest River from the skies

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The Priest River winds back and forth Aug. 31 in North Idaho.  (Colin Tiernan/The Spokesman-Review)
The Priest River winds back and forth Aug. 31 in North Idaho. (Colin Tiernan/The Spokesman-Review)

I go hiking nearly every summer weekend, and nearly every one of those hikes reaches its literal and…

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Beyond the Border

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For more than a decade, tribal nations, scientists and diplomats spanning the U.S.-Canada border have lobbied for a closer examination of the contaminants spilling into their shared watershed from British Columbia coal mines. As that pressure intensifies, plans are underway for a sprawling coal-mine expansion in B.C.

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SPARWOOD, British Columbia — Scientists, tribal officials, regulators and environmentalists concerned about contamination from Canadian coal mines whose runoff flows into the United States usually focus on the Kootenai River and border-straddling Lake Koocanusa. 

But on Tuesday they took to the sky, observing from…

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Power at what price

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Power at what price

Unaweep Canyon, connecting Whitewater and Gateway southwest of Grand Junction, is famed for being the site of a geological and geographic oddity in that water in part of the canyon flows one way, and in the other part, the other…

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 Gov. Jared Polis, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Michael Bennet and Sen. John Hickenlooper speak at Camp Hale in Eagle County on Aug. 16, 2022. (Sara Wilson/Colorado Newsline)

Multiple Colorado leaders penned a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to take action to protect lands legislators originally…

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An aerial view of the Thompson Divide region south of Glenwood Springs.
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A delegation of elected officials led by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., wants President Joe Biden to use his executive powers to enact portions of the proposed CORE Act, including protections for the Thompson Divide…

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Sopris Sun correspondent Olivia Emmer interviewed KUNC’s Water and Environment Reporter covering the Colorado River basin, Alex Hager, about the Bureau of Reclamation’s recent demand to users of Colorado River water. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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The air was clear, warm, and slightly breezy at the Blanding airport in southeast Utah last month, as we waited for EcoFlight pilot Gary and communications technician Amanda to arrive at the airstrip. Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition staff and community…

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An EcoFlight tour flies over some existing wind turbines July 21, 2021, during a Lava Ridge Wind proposal tour flight near Buhl.PAT SUTPHIN/TIMES-NEWS

SHOSHONE — Two counties independently passed resolutions recently to not support the proposed construction of up to 400 wind turbines on 73,000 acres of public land in south-central Idaho.

With the…

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