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    Wheeling and dealing

    Utah environmentalists fear a secret deal between the BLM and the governor's office will give counties control over dirt roads and trails and prevent the designation of future wilderness.

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    Unranchers gain ground

    The Arizona Supreme Court says the state land department can't deny conservation groups the right to bid on state grazing leases.

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    No go on state land reform

    Citing internal disagreement, a coalition has abandoned plans to put an initiative to preserve Arizona state trust lands on the 2002 ballot.

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    Cooperating on the Valles Caldera

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico will not be managed by any government agency, but by a president-appointed board of nine trustees, who are still trying to figure out their new job.

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    Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona

    The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition's struggle to keep the stars visible has led to the city's designation as the first "International Dark-Sky City."

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    Homeland security drafts rangers

    Western public-land rangers are being pulled from their regular jobs and reassigned back East, guarding federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and serving as temporary sky marshals.

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    A monorail for the mountains?

    Growing traffic on Colorado's Interstate 70 has some thinking the state should consider building a monorail to ferry people from Denver into the mountains.

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    This land might be your land

    A state-by-state rundown on state trust lands in the West gives information along with acreage for surface and subsurface area.

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    Counties cross the yellow line

    A judge rules that three Utah counties misused the 19th century statute RS 2477 when they illegally graded jeep tracks in BLM wilderness study areas and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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    Not in our backyard

    Greg Woodall and his sister, Carla, are focusing on Arizona's state school trust land in their quest to save the desert landscape around Scottsdale, Ariz., through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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    California monument welcomes cattle

    Environmentalists, ranchers and land managers are arguing over the future of cattle grazing on the newly designated Carrizo Plain National monument in California, where the BLM has long relied on cattle to help control weeds.

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    Idaho wants to help manage federal lands

    An Idaho State Land Board report called "Breaking the Gridlock" recommends ways for locals to work with the federal government to manage public lands.

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    'Zero-Cow' initiative splits Sierra Club

    A proposed Sierra Club initiative to end all public-lands logging reveals the distance between urban environmentalists and their rural counterparts in places like northern New Mexico, where poor Hispanics rely on grazing small herds.

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    Interior view

    In an interview with HCN's publisher, Bruce Babbitt looks back on eight challenging and productive years as Secretary of Interior.

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    Legal woes for Legacy Parkway

    A coalition of environmentalists and smart-growth advocates, including Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, has filed lawsuits to stop construction of the Legacy Parkway along Utah's Wasatch Front near the Great Salt Lake.

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