Items by Elizabeth Manning
In Washington, Democrats hope to win back the state Legislature that went to Republicans two years ago.
The Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado drops its plans to build new ski runs on a neighboring mountain.
A plan to build a visitor's center for Utah's Grand Gulch worries some, who fear more people - including pothunters - will be encouraged to visit the area.
A state-by-state look at some of the West's most controversial timber sales describes what activists are doing to fight them.
The drought helps spur a religious resurgence for traditional Navajos, as shown by a ceremony on Colorado's Hesperus Peak, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Navajo lore.
The Southwest's drought has Navajos discussing overgrazing on the reservation and the need for range reform.
Defenders of Wildlife, which compensates ranchers for livestock killed by wolves, says it cannot compensate for pets killed by wolves.
The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound are the biggest outdoor education schools in the West.
A Northwest conservation and outdoor recreation group, The Mountaineers, educates children by sending actors such as Loren Foss into schools, who teach by assuming character roles such as "Old John."
The number and variety of outdoor education programs has increased dramatically in the last 25 years.
Tot finds dinosaur egg, N.M. governor finds jokes about hwy. dept. ot funny, lights on Hwy. 666 in N.M. save lives, Washington roads made of old tires burst into flames, Nevada's "extraterrestrial hwy.," and classic hwy. story from Montana.
The controversial expansion of the Santa Fe Ski Area into a mountain basin called the Tesuque hits a legal snag when regional forester Charles Cartwright orders the original approval ruling to be reconsidered.
The Park Service sues Garfield County, Utah, after a road crew repairing the Burr Trail bulldozes a hillside inside the boundaries at Capitol Reef National Park.
The Supreme Court's decision in "Seminole vs. the State of Florida" is a clear victory for states' rights but a muddle for Indian gaming.
Legalized gambling in Deadwood, S.D., has brought prosperity but destroyed a community in the process.
Navajos are undecided about whether to legalize gambling with all its potential money - and many problems.
In her own words, an anonymous gambler describes how she got hooked on gambling at Arizona's Fort McDowell.
Modern Indian gambling began with a lawsuit over bingo at New York's Oneida Nation, and bingo continues to be important to the tribe.
Gambling at Arizona's Fort McDowell has taken the Yavapai Indians from poverty to wealth in just three years.
Environmentalists say manmade causes such as logging and road-building contributed to flooding and landslides in the Northwest during a wet winter.
Local Native Americans, Hispanics and Anglos share outrage at the Forest Service's approval of the Santa Fe Ski Area's Big Tesuque expansion.
If the Adam's Rib ski resort is built, western Colorado's already displaced workers will have to commute even farther to find a place to live.
Oregon resident Jack Lee Harelson is found guilty of looting an Indian burial cave in Nevada, and pothunter Earl Shumway is sentenced in Utah to six-and-one-half years.
The film "Fire on the Mountain" traces the history of WWII's famous 10th Mountain Division, veterans of which founded ski resorts and became prominent environmentalists and outdoor educators.