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    Floods hammer Southwest

    Severe thunderstorms have caused flash floods in Arizona, killing people near Douglas and in Antelope Canyon, derailing a train and leading to the evacuation of residents and tourists from a Havasupai Indian village just outside Grand Canyon.

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    The West weathers unusually wet times

    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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    Uh, oh - the glaciers are growing

    The unusually high snowpack in Montana this winter may actually be a sign of global warming.

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    Mount Zirkel's acid trip

    Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Craig and Hayden, Colo., is harming wildlife in the Mount Zirkel wilderness.

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    The West braces for the big melt

    The West has had one of its wettest winters ever, and as the snow keeps falling in the high country, fear of flooding arises.

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    Montana train accident derailed a small town

    One year after a train derailment spewed chlorine gas and other dangerous chemicals, residents of Alberton, Mont., say their town is unsafe and their health still impaired.

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    Burning for a buck

    People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.

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    Cars kill trees

    California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.

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    Burning for a buck

    People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.

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    Cars kill trees

    California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.

  • Book Reviews

    No nagging or preaching here

    A review of "Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things" by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning, which traces origins and costs to the environment of things we take for granted.

  • Essays

    When it's 25 below and dropping

    Life at 25 below in towns like Livingston, Mont., is made bearable by things like poker, polar fleece and Portabello mushrooms.

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    Utah takes waste that Arizona rejected

    An unusual collaboration between two working-class, largely minority communities means that waste originally meant to be shipped from Richmond, Calif., to a landfill in Mobile, Ariz., will be sent to a less controversial site in Utah.

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    The West awakes to "weird' weather

    Strange winter weather brings extremes to the West, from 70-degree days in Colorado to floods in Nevada and snows and ice in the Northwest.

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    County trashes waste plan

    Residents of Elmore County, Idaho, are upset by plans to put the state's largest landfill in their backyard.

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