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  • When parks close, towns lose

    A report by the National Parks and Conservation Association says that gateway communities suffered big economic losses when national parks closed during the 1996 government shutdown.

  • Utah's Grand Staircase turns 5

    In Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument no longer provokes the noisy protest that attended its founding, but some locals are still waiting to see if tourism will boost the economy.

  • Babbitt takes a fall

    Bruce Babbitt considers expansion of road through national monument.

  • An urban park is surrounded by controversy

    Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, N.M., faces pressure from the surrounding city.

  • Grizzlies and tourism collide on Wyoming road

    The proposed widening and straightening of Highway 14-16-20, the link between Cody, Wyo., and Yellowstone National Park, raises tremendous controversy between tourism boosters and environmentalist critics.

  • Grand Canyon development sparks debate

    Canyon Forest Village, a development near the south entrance of the Grand Canyon, has been approved, but some environmentalists plan to appeal the project.

  • I say good riddance to bad billboards

    The writer wants to clearcut the thicket of billboards lining gateway towns to Yellowstone National Park

  • In place of a bigger park, Tucson gets houses

    Growing Tucson suburbs invade land on the edgoe of Arizona's Saguaro National Park West, when federal funds for a promised buyout of the land fail to materialize.

  • A bridge to disaster?

    Environmentalists object to a Forest Service plan to build a new snowmobile bridge across Cougar Creek near the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

  • Change comes slowly to Escalante country

    Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition

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