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    Water runs through a congressional race

    Democrat Curt Hohn, who fought South Dakota's huge water project, the Oahe Unit, is running against Republican John Thune for the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Feature

    Stalking Slade

    An unprecedented, informal coalition of angry Indian tribes, environmentalists and Democrats are going after Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton's seat in November, and Gorton's opponent - Democrat Maria Cantwell - may have a chance for victory.

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    On the Trail

    Bush and Gore fight for New Mexico; Sierra Club goes after Bush in Spanish in N.M.; in Utah, Jim Matheson, D, leads Derek Smith, R; in Montana, Dems rally Indians; Friends of the Earth rebut Washington Republicans.

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    Bush camp backpedals on toppling monuments

    Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney backs away from his earlier statement that George W. Bush might rescind the national monuments Clinton created.

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    On the trail

    In Montana: Brian Schweitzer vs. Conrad Burns, and race for Rick Hill's seat; Idaho's boring election; in Washington, Deborah Senn and Maria Cantwell fight for Slade Gorton's seat; Oregon's Measure 7 is about "takings."

  • News

    Can 'property rightsniks' stop a popular bill?

    The Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which would guarantee permanent funding for 15 years for buying land for conservation, has broad support but still faces an interesting dance through a complicated Congress.

  • News

    The U.S. isn't dead yet

    Despite all the anti-federal talk, especially in the West, the government is still in place, and still trying to do its job.

  • Essays

    Learning to think like a region

    As regionalism grows, Westerners find that environmental issues have less and less to do with political boundaries.

  • Essays

    In search of a politics of union

    In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.

  • Essays

    Notes from a fence-sitter

    An environmentalist with a Wyoming ranching background tries to find common ground between greens and cowboys who both love the land.

  • Essays

    The West's power game

    In the changing political and socio-economic realities of the West, different groups need to learn to listen to each other.

  • Feature

    Beyond the Revolution

    In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

  • Book Reviews

    Goose eggs in Congress

    The League of Conservation Voters gives most Western congress people a poor grade on environmental issues.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Montana loses an environmental leader

    Montana State Rep. Ben Cohen, environmentalist, garbageman, actor and outdoorsman, is mourned in Whitefish, Mont.

  • News

    How green is your politico?

    In Washington state, TV commercials use Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," to inform voters about how candidates up for re-election have voted on green issues.

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