Good reads here on why COVID may no longer be a pandemic, and how the virus is now endemic (but stay up-to-date on vaccinations and mask when appropriate)…

From nymag.com: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/09/biden-right-to-say-the-pandemic-is-over-on-60-minutes.html From the American Medical Association: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/how-we-will-know-when-covid-19-has-become-endemic coronavirus, Parodi, AMA, masking, vaccination

From our Man-caused climate change section: climate change is wreaking havoc with an unprecedented drought in the American southwest…

From The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/12/us-west-megadrought-climate-disaster? global warming, drought in the West, drought in Montana, water wars, whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting

Overtourism is not just a global problem, it has arrived in Montana and the rest of the West…

From The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/20/national-parks-america-overcrowding-crisis-tourism-visitation-solutions Information from Montana Public Radio: https://www.mtpr.org/montana-news/2022-03-23/most-montanans-think-tourism-is-overcrowding-the-state-survey-says From responsibletourismpartnership.org: https://responsibletourismpartnership.org/overtourism/ adverse experience for both tourists and locals, environmental degradation, decreased quality of...

Carbon County is under an Air Quality Alert: summer in Montana is now “smoke season” (fortunately, it’s getting a later start this year than in recent years)…

From The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/12/california-wildfires-oregon-washington? global warming, fire suppression in past coming back to haunt us, climate change, raking doesn't help

From our Media failure section: both KPVI and the Billings Gazette have a story on “drought conditions in the upper Missouri River Basin,” with no mention of man-caused climate change…

From KPVI: https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/drought-conditions-worsen-across-upper-missouri-river-basin/article_2af7b8c5-f045-5dcb-9038-a7121d2419d9.html why afraid to report the truth, an inconvenient truth, global warming