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  • Can an old mine become a work of art?

    Can an old mine become a work of art?

    The old Ute-Ule mine site outside Lake City, Colo., is under scrutiny by the Hardrock Revision Team, which wants to clean up the mine and yet preserve it as a living and historic work of art.

  • Good Samaritan bill could clean up old mines

    A bill introduced by Colorado Rep. John Salazar could make it easier for environmental groups and others to clean up pollution at thousands of orphaned hardrock mines

  • Hardrock Mining Showdown

    Hardrock Mining Showdown

    In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

  • Rocky Mountain noir

    Rocky Mountain noir

    Blair Oliver and Peter Soliunas collaborate on The Long Slide, a hard-boiled thriller set in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Hard times reshuffle the political deck

    Hard times reshuffle the political deck

    Colorado's economic slump forced Gov. Ritter to increase his support for natural gas, and Nevada voters may force hardrock mining to pay more in state taxes.

  • Audio: High Country Views, episode 4

    Audio: High Country Views, episode 4

    Judith Lewis, Jonathan Thompson and Cally Carswell talk mining politics. Plus, an audio postcard from a California ghost town inhabited by pikas.

  • Let’s reform the 1872 Mining Law – finally

    Lew Carpenter is one of many Western sportsmen urging the Senate to join the House in finally reforming the 1872 Mining Law.

  • Can Congress drag the 1872 Mining Law into the 21st century?

    A new bill would end 130 years of public land giveaways and reform one of the West's most antiquated -- and harmful -- laws.

  • Mining research tool debuts on Web

    The Environmental Working Group has a new Web site, "Who owns the West," which gives users a comprehensive look at mining claims on public lands

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