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Mountain West News Bureau

  • News
    Senate Democrats are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to expedite progress on broadband connectivity in Native communities.
  • Environment
    The Mountain West has seen plenty of wildfires this year, but nothing like the catastrophic large fires still burning along the West Coast. That's largely thanks to a relatively wet spring.
  • Health
    A Colorado poll found that less than half of respondents are "very likely" to get a COVID-19 vaccine once it's available, and about one in five respondents said they are “very unlikely” to get it. Coloradans are not alone in their skepticism.
  • Health
    Twelve children, many showing mild symptoms or none at all, brought the virus home, infecting at least a dozen more people. One parent ended up in the hospital.
  • Community
    ‘Jesus Is Lord.’ That’s what a weather-beaten and faded sign says along Jeffrey City’s main drag. It’s outside of a small, abandoned-looking church owned by a crazy person – at least that’s according to Byron Seeley, a potter who has lived in this ghost town on central Wyoming’s high desert for almost 15 years.
  • Community
    The day starts early. I need to make up time due to the snowstorm, so I have a 74-mile ride ahead of me, the longest of this journey so far. I grab a muffin and a cup of coffee at a local cafe and pedal off, wearing a puffy jacket, long johns and a knit cap underneath my helmet.
  • Community
    I wake up to six inches of wet, heavy snow blanketing Dubois. The storm killed power across central Wyoming and the motel room is dark. I pull out my propane camp stove and heat some water for instant coffee. The room is cold and cell service is minimal. It’s nearly impossible to ride in snow. Not to mention the cold. Temperatures aren’t expected to rise above freezing until tomorrow, so I’m staying put.
  • Education
    This time of year usually means the start of college football. Not this year. Without game days and big crowds of tailgaters, college towns across the Mountain West and beyond look different - and sound a lot different, too.
  • Education
    As many schools across our region are turning to distance learning to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, districts are concerned about how to enforce attendance for remote students.
  • Arts & Life
    If this was a normal year, right now, thousands of people would be flocking to the middle of the northern Nevada desert to watch “The Man” burn. But it’s not a normal year, and this year’s Burning Man counterculture outdoor festival has been canceled along with many, many live events across the region. That’s taking its toll on the arts, the community and the economy.