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  • Sacred claims

    American Indian tribes face an uphill battle in their effort to protect sacred sites on federal land in the West

  • The San Francisco Peaks will never be the same

    The San Francisco Peaks will never be the same

    An abandoned campfire is apparently to blame for the inferno now consuming the mountains outside Flagstaff, Ariz.

  • When the sacred becomes toxic

    When the sacred becomes toxic

    As Native Americans use religion to save their sacred places, they need to remember that conflicts framed around faith often have unhappy endings.

  • What we don't admit about wildfire

    What we don't admit about wildfire

    The West's inevitable wildfires have a terrible beauty.

  • Snowmaking on sacred slopes stirs controversy

    The Arizona Snowbowl ski area wants to use Flagstaff’s treated wastewater for snowmaking, but 13 American Indian tribes, who regard the San Francisco Peaks as sacred, are fighting the plan

  • Follow-up

    Arizona Snowball ski area can make snow from treated wastewater; California battles Forest Service over logging sequoia; Bush nominates Steve Johnson to head EPA; Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., goes after southwestern willow flycatcher’s habitat

  • Two weeks in the West

    No yellow snow for Snowbowl; gonorrhea and meth: a match made in hell; split-estate bills in New Mexico and Colorado; Montana’s green energy bills languish; “Rocky Mountain High” second Colorado state song, bolo tie is official New Mexico neckwear.

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