Items by Ali Macalady And Karen Mockler

The Wayward West
ASARCO merges with Grupa Mexico; illegal road through Vail wetland closed; billionaire helps conservationists buy Loomis State Forest; Bruce Babbitt and Gov. Mike Leavitt agree to outline of Rep. Jim Hansen's wilderness bill; Utah black-footed ferrets.
Recreation drives a forest
A draft for the 15-year management plan for Colorado's White River National Forest has sparked controversy from everyone, from Vail Resorts and ATV operators to some environmental groups.
The Wayward West
Idaho Lt. Gov. Butch Otter fined for dredging wetlands without permit; Jon Marvel outbids millionaire for grazing parcels; Wyo. ranch manager gets permit to kill wolves; Mark Alldredge abandons mining claims on Rocky Mtn. Front; Blue Ribbon Coalition.