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Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a majority of her colleagues signal support for the pro-transfer movement.
A fracking fight that we’re still fighting
A fracking fight that we’re still fighting
Colorado’s snow is dust-free for the first time in a decade
Colorado’s snow is dust-free for the first time in a decade
But conditions are still prime for early snowmelt and summer drought.
Snapshot of a drought in progress
Snapshot of a drought in progress
Southwest Colorado's snowpack is dismal and melting fast.
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
But efforts to use the trash as building materials offer new hope.
Lifties and ski patrol go head to head in Telluride
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
But the bill stirs up longstanding criticism of basic tribal sovereignty.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.
Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule
Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule
Should the EPA have considered how expensive the new regs would be for operators?
Lentil Underground is a Montana phenomenon
Lentil Underground is a Montana phenomenon
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
An Obama administration proposal would more than double fees.
Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed
Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed
Ranch Diaries: Ways to reduce the inevitable risks
Ranch Diaries: Ways to reduce the inevitable risks
On cattle futures, planning for potential drought, and grazing cows to encourage forage growth.
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Promising developments percolate in two North American parks.
Dispatch from a gas patch shopping trip
Dispatch from a gas patch shopping trip
Reporters Notebook from New Mexico's San Juan Basin.
BLM seeks Congressional OK for new fees, private donations
BLM seeks Congressional OK for new fees, private donations
Agency woes range from too many wild horses to not enough drilling inspectors.
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
BLM’s new fracking rules strike middle ground
But they're unlikely to resolve today's fierce skirmishes over oil and gas development.
Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases?
Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases?
Energy extracted from federal lands accounts for nearly one-quarter of all energy-related emissions.
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Water supplies and drought outlooks are grim in most Western states.
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.