When Julie Burkhart learned about the Supreme Court draft opinion that would end abortion protections, she let out an involuntary shriek from her airplane seat. “Because it felt like such a gut punch,” Burkhart said. “And then after that, getting into the opinion and reading that — it was chilling.”
The state could soon join others in the Mountain West that are beginning to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people. Advocates say a new bill recently introduced in the statehouse is a crucial first step in tackling the long-simmering problem.
The move is not enough to ease widening disparities in certain parts of the region, resort towns in particular, where service workers comprise the backbone of the economy as a constant stream of tourists and wealthy second-home owners drive up the cost of living.