Week in review: June 23

What you missed amid the health care hubbub: offshore drilling sales, EPA buyouts, roadkill rules.

 

Pick up that roadside carcass

The Oregon state legislature has unanimously passed a law allowing residents to legally harvest deer and elk killed by drivers. Permits will be required. Gov. Kate Brown signed the rule into law this week.

Roadkill stew lovers will rejoice. Can’t understand the celebration? Check out our feature from 2005 on one woman’s obsession with the animals that die by the side of the road.

Offshore oil & gas leases up for sale

On Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas auctioned off leases for onshore and offshore drilling in Bristol Bay and other stretches along the Alaskan coast. The land and waters included cover more than 8 million acres.

Bristol Bay is home to one of the largest salmon runs in the world. See photos of the bay and the people who fish its waters:

Photo essay: The bay where ‘water is gold’

Big EPA layoffs coming

What to do about fossil fuel royalties

Raising how much companies must pay to drill for oil and gas or mine for coal on public lands would raise federal revenue, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report also found that raising rates would lower production. The government typically has lower royalty rates for oil and gas drilling than states; coal royalty rates are generally similar on state and federal lands.

And so much more on hcn.org:

Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry

Zinke: Trump is “greatest boss in the world”

Tribal nations fight removal of grizzly protections

5 things to read about the Yellowstone grizzly delisting

Neighbors clash over a Colorado chicken farm

New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers

In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior

Letter from California: California enters the global climate stage

Opinion: How collaboration can save the Colorado River

Opinion: Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears