In the Rockies today, updates on an array of issues we follow in the Rocky Mountain West.
Federal investigators are joining Colorado authorities in the investigation of the deadly Black Forest Fire that has killed two residents and destroyed 485 homes.
Hundreds of the people who live in the area of the wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs will remain evacuated until at least Thursday.
Aerial support for firefighters is a concern as the federal fleet of large air tankers is down from 40 to just 10, with more to come under contract later in the year.
On the energy side, a federal judge in Montana dismissed a challenge of energy leases filed by two environmental groups seeking force actions on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas development; a Montana tribe's financial future is tied to the outcome of the fight to prevent new ports on the U.S. coast to export coal from Montana and Wyoming; and continuing drought in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico is raising concerns about the water used by hydraulic fracturing to tap oil and gas resources in those states.
Also in the news, the New York Times offers a Retro Report on wild-horse management, as geldings raised in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities are finding their way on a ranch in Montana.
And finally, public comments on the latest winter-use plan for Yellowstone National Park are due by midnight tonight.
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will be holding its annual summer meeting at the Wyoming Game & Fish's Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp near Dubois on June 18-19, with the public portion of the meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the 18th.
For more information, please visit the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's website.