But as usual, the news has continued to whiz by, and we can only cover so much in our small newsroom. Here are a few more stories we've been watching this week.
It's Finally Possible to Drive Highway 1 Straight Through Big Sur again
A stretch of highway that was buried by a huge landslide in May of 2017 re-opened for the first time this week, making it once again possible to drive from Northern to Southern California along the coast. Repairing the damage cost more than $100 million. John Madonna, whose construction company worked on the rebuilding, told the Los Angeles Times he'd put the project "in the same category as the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge."
The Environmental Protection Agency Has Loosened Regulations on Coal Ash Waste
In its first major move under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the EPA finalized a rule that rolls back restrictions on coal ash, the toxic ash produced when coal is burned. The EPA touted the decision as a cost-cutting measure that would save the industry between $28 million and $31 million a year, the Washington Post reports. The announcement is sure to rankle environmentalists, many of whom assumed Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, would pick up where Scott Pruitt left off.
Jane Goodall Wants to Win a Hunting License—but She Won't Use It to Shoot a Grizzly Bear
As Pacific Standard noted in May, Wyoming is preparing for its first legal sport hunt for grizzly bears in four decades. But in an act of civil disobedience to protest the hunt, animal advocates—including the renowned primatologist Jane Goodall—have begun entering the lottery for hunting licenses, according to National Geographic. The campaign, which is called "Shoot 'em With a Camera," hopes to overwhelm the lottery system with applications from those who intend to shoot their cameras instead of guns. Brian Nesvik, chief game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, told National Geographic that with a population of roughly 700 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone region, the hunt in Wyoming "will not jeopardize the population."