In the Rockies today, wildfires and their aftermath are again in the news.
Lightning-packed storms have ignited new wildfires in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, while some of the largest wildfires in Wyoming and Montana are entering the mop-up stage.
In Colorado, a damage assessment team is surveying the area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire and the emergency alert system used to warn residents of the approaching wildfire is also being evaluated.
In British Columbia, the opposition to Enbridge Inc.'s proposal to build the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry oil from Alberta to B.C. ports got some help from NDP leader Tom Mulcair and the U.S. government.
At a speech in Victoria on Tuesday, Mulcair said the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board's criticism of Enbridge's response to the 2010 oil spill in Michigan provided ample reason to block the construction of the Alberta-B.C. pipeline.
Also in the news, Wyoming sets new mountain lion hunt quotas, a proposed coal-mine expansion in Utah will get further review, and the U.S. House began debate today on a measure to classify hardrock mines as "infrastructure," a move that would streamline permitting processes.
Today on Mountain West Voices, Clay Scott begins a series that will air periodically over the coming months that will explore Montana's legacy of homesteading.
Today, Scott talks with two people who still live on land their families homesteaded near Big Arm, Montana.
Montana Public Radio will broadcast the program at 8:25 p.m. and, if you miss that broadcast, you can listen online via the Mountain West Voices website.