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  • Farmland conservation program may be plowed under

    Farmland conservation program may be plowed under

    The Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to idle highly erodible cropland, is facing budget cuts and other challenges.

  • Locked boxes

    Locked boxes

    About 2,000 post offices - some of them in small, remote Western towns - will be closed this year.

  • Heard around the West

    Gail Kimbell and the vanishing Forest Service budget; not saying the Pledge in Mesa, Ariz.; racing old beaters in California; talkative men’s rooms; saying it (the Miranda warning, that is) with flowers.

  • For sale: Your local ranger station?

    Facing severe budget cuts, the Forest Service is selling off property, and considering closing some recreation sites it considers too expensive to maintain

  • The Latest Bounce

    U.S. Geological Survey gets Yucca Mountain research funding cut; logging halted on Giant Sequoia National Monument; New Mexican politicians fight proposal to drill in Valle Vidal

  • Not all government programs need cutting

    Not all government programs need cutting

    The Conservation Reserve Program has encouraged millions of acres of idled farmland to be used as wildlife habitat, but now it may be plowed under by a budget-cutting Congress.

  • Save the land by saving the rancher

    Save the land by saving the rancher

    The best way to preserve the West's public lands is by preserving the West's ranchers.

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