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  • States lead charge against global warming

    With the federal government dragging its feet, Western states are beginning to take action to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming

  • Who will be the West’s new boss?

    Who will be the West’s new boss?

    The Interior secretary is the nation's top wildlife manager and federal landlord, managing 507 million acres, 600 dams and 68 percent of the nation's energy reserves.

  • Feds pass roadless headache to states

    The Bush administration gives governors 18 months to ask the Forest Service to protect roadless areas in their states, but the states will have to pay for the costly and complex petition process

  • National Fire Plan vs. the Healthy Forests rule changes

    The National Fire Plan, the Healthy Forests Initiative and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act are explained and compared

  • Interior's new secretary — general or footsoldier?

    Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed

  • The Latest Bounce

    New Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne junks Gale Norton’s controversial Park Service proposal; New Mexico’s Nantac Mexican wolf pack killed; Justice Department removes Judge Royce Lamberth from Indian trust case

  • Heard around the West

    Dirk Kempthorne and luxury RVs; The Farmer Wants a Wife, maybe; no rules (or bras) at Sturgis; look before you pee; hard-working Washington pot-growers; Arizona’s biggest marijuana farm; with defense lawyers like this one, who needs a prosecutor?; and big bird with a bad grip

  • Is the great federal land debate over?

    Two trends are almost as dangerous as the idea of directly selling off the public lands: land transfers done in the name of economic development, and the outsourcing of jobs in the federal land-management agencies.

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