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  • A bullet for the bearer of bad news

    After Michele DeHart of the Fish Passage Center in Portland, Ore., publicly supported a plan to protect salmon, angry lawmakers led by Sen. Larry Craig yanked the center’s funding

  • A look at the West, in the funhouse mirror

    Old Westerners and New Westerners are equally hypocritical when it comes to caricaturing each other and not looking at themselves

  • An endangered Endangered Species Act?

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries an end-run around the Endangered Species Act; a leaked draft would weaken the bedrock law by changing the regulations that implement it rather than the law itself.

  • At Yucca Mountain, deadlines take precedence over science

    The Bush administration is ignoring the warnings of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board created by Congress, and is racing ahead with its plans to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain

  • Bush brings more green into the green movement

    The Bush administration has been good for environmental groups, at least when it comes to money and membership numbers.

  • Bush is a man of his word: He's audacious, but should that be surprising?

    Democrats can learn a thing or two from the way Bush and the conservative Republicans are using political power

  • Buy them some body armor

    Like their military compatriots in Iraq, the American civil servants charged with managing our public lands, water and wildlife lack adequate funding, back-up, or the moral support of their higher-ups

  • Champions go both ways

    Champions go both ways

    The Obama administration appoints environmentalists to some important positions in the Interior Department and other agencies. Also: The West faces a growing shortage of food-supply animal veterinarians.

  • Clean water changes could sully Western streambeds

    If the Bush administration pushes through a rule change to the Clean Water Act, three-fourths of the West’s rivers would be unprotected from pollution

  • Clinton-era roadless rule is back... for now

    A federal judge has reinstated President Clinton’s roadless rule protecting forests in the Lower 48 states, but the decision seems to have only confused the issue of forest management and is likely to end up back in court

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