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  • A Rico renaissance

    The tiny mountain town of Rico, Colo., finds its post-mining economy threatened by a possible mining resurgence.

  • Mining law claims mountain

    Crested Butte, Colo., residents are angry that the BLM has sold the mining giant Phelps Dodge 155 acres at the top of Mount Emmons – the town’s beloved "Red Lady" – for about $5 an acre

  • Mining the West

    A potpourri of maps and graphics illustrates the complex nature of hardrock mining in the West today.

  • Ronald Reagan: The accidental environmentalist

    Ronald Reagan: The accidental environmentalist

    He may not have meant to do so, but Ronald Reagan ended up helping the West's environment.

  • Toxic waste looms over village

    A pile of toxic waste rock is moving dangerously close to Questa, N.M., while the mining company, Molycorp, and the state slowly work out a reclamation plan

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