Items by Greg Hanscom
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, intended to help rivers such as Colorado's North Fork of the Gunnison, meets surprising opposition from Western conservatives.
Once a funky former mining town, Park City is now a booming ski resort and bedroom community, and some locals worry that the Olympics will only make things worse.
In his own words, John Cushing, mayor of Bountiful, discusses his dissatisfaction with the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee and his doubts about the Olympics.
In 1972, Colorado became the first city ever to win the right to host the Olympics only to change its mind and slam the door on them.
Salt Lake City has succeeded in its long, controversial bid to host the Winter Olympics - but now that the Games are only four years away, many Utahns are having second thoughts about them - and the city's already rampant growth.
Parks may restrict jet skis; Yellowstone will keep Hayden Valley trail open to snowmobiles; Delyla Wilson sentenced for bison-guts protest; USFS to do land swap with Weyerhaeuser in Wash.'s Cascades; John Mumma to retire from Colo. Division of Wildlife.
The controversial "road improvement" of the two-lane road through Utah's Provo Canyon faces accusations that a new road could damage the Provo River - even as four major landslides are caused by road crews.
Conoco gives up on oil well in Utah's Grand Staircase, but the state School Trust Lands board is insisting that its land - checkerboarded through the monument - must be managed to earn money for the schools, and that may involve oil and gas drilling.
Environmentalists appeal a huge salvage timber sale in Utah's Manti-La Sal National Forest, and hope that an agency ruling in their favor proves the salvage logging rider is dead at last.
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance surprises some by its opposition to the expansion of Utah's Arches National Park.
Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.
The first year of chemical weapons incineration at Tooele, Utah, has been full of stops and starts, but the Army claims good progress has been made.
The Moab area BLM started charging recreationists user fees several years ago, when mountain biking in Utah began to grow out of control.
River runners in Arizona's Grand Canyon feel unfairly singled out by increasing fees to float the Colorado River.
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.
In their own words, ecologist Charles Kay denounces Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation," while ecologist Mark Boyce defends it.
Scientist Richard Keigley studies Yellowstone's trees to back up his contention that the park's elk herds are out of control and need regulation.
Maverick ecologist Richard Keigley believes Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation" is not working and, in fact, is harming the park - especially with the park's elk herds, which he says are overgrazing their ranges.
A federal court upholds a six-week ban on 20 timber sales and bars grazing from 11 Southwestern forests while judges consider charges that the Forest Service has not protected endangered species, including the southwestern willow flycatcher.
New Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck shuffles personnel in the West around making changes environmentalists say are a step in the right direction.
President Clinton and Interior Secretary Babbitt remake the Interior Dept., appointing Patrick Shea to head BLM; Jamie Rappaport Clark to head Fish & Wildlife; Kathy Karpan to the Office of Surface Mining, and Robert Stanton to direct the Park Service.
The House of Representatives backs away from an amendment that would require logging companies to pay for their roads in national forests.
Republicans in Congress give up on extra riders - including some anti-environmental riders - that were bogging down the flood-relief bill.
Although the Southwest remains too dry, most of the West rejoices in an unusually wet year - and is grateful to have avoided much flooding.
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