Items by Heather Abel
The Utah delegation's controversial wilderness proposal for southern Utah is defeated in Congress after a struggle.
The Green Party will run a candidate against Republican Sen. Pete Domenici in New Mexico, and also wants to draft Ralph Nader as a presidential candidate.
Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth is accused of misusing money; Utah's Enid Waldholtz will retire; Colorado Democrats are divided over ethics of accepting PAC money; in Oregon Peter DeFazio drops out of race to replace Mark Hatfield.
Buying a personal dinosaur has never been easier, whether through art-work, auctions or the Internet.
The Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show in Tucson highlights the growing controversy over who has the right to valuable fossils found on public lands.
Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Gordon Smith battle acrimoniously for Bob Packwood's vacant senate seat.
During the 21-day federal furlough, some wealthy areas and industries such as skiing and logging keep going, while the West's poorest counties and its Indian reservations scramble to survive.
A federal court charges Nevada rancher Cliff Gardner with trespassing and orders him to remove cattle from Humboldt National Forest.
The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund hopes to prove the salvage sale called Thunderbolt in Idaho's Boise National Forest is "arbitrary and capricious" in one of the first lawsuits against a salvage sale.
Descendants of Crazy Horse protest a Turner Network Television movie about the Lakota leader's life.
In the Nov. 7 elections, environmental initiatives, like other initiatives, lost if they would have cost taxpayers money.
Republican "horror stories" about the Endangered Species Act may be backfiring, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the media begin a belated debunking of them.
Ranchers delay a Forest Service-ordered cutback in grazing on Boulder Mountain, claiming the agency falsified data.
Navajo Nation President Albert Hale orders Head Start programs on the reservation to begin teaching Navajo before English.
National Forest Supervisor Sonny LaSalle offers a controversial solution to Summit County's housing shortage by suggesting ski areas build low-cost housing on Forest Service land.
The company town of Port Gamble, Wash., faces a future as a tourist town when its only sawmill closes.
Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell seeks to push ahead with dam construction on Animas-La Plata.
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