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  • Silver Valley residents sue for damages

    A class-action lawsuit could force five former mining companies to pay for a medical monitoring program detecting health effects from lead and arsenic contamination for 100,000 people in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.

  • Conservative legislator takes on Wal-Mart

    Idaho’s Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Bruce Newcomb, wants to force Wal-Mart to either provide health insurance for its Idaho employees or reimburse the state for providing Medicaid coverage

  • My Crazy Brother

    Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

  • Uranium: It’s worse than you think

    Westerners in towns like Durango, Colo., and Monticello, Utah, have been exposed to mine tailings for years, unaware that uranium might be even more dangerous than scientists used to believe.

  • An activist

    Nellie Sandoval, the mother of scientist Stefanie Raymond-Whish, has become an outspoken activist as a result of her own struggle with breast cancer.

  • Don't blame prairie dogs, they’re doing the best they can

    Pat Walsh, who defends prairie dogs against the latest news that the "pets" might communicate monkey pox.

  • Let’s not succumb to the temptation of biopharming

    Patricia Walsh weighs the benefits of biopharming and finds the costs are greater.

  • Avian flu: Don’t fear the flocks yet

    The writer cautions us not to become alarmists about bird flu

  • In our rush to protect America, we secretly put Americans at risk

    The writer supports the claims of "downwinders" near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who are finally getting their day in court

  • Give a child the gift of a strenuous life

    The writer gives a cheer for helping kids appreciate a strenuous life

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