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  • The old West is going under

    An introduction to HCN's special issue says that the old extractive West is on its deathbed.

  • Oil clashes with elk in the Book Cliffs

    Utah's remote and little known Book Cliffs area seemed ripe for preservation under an innovative, locally grown initiative - until oilman Oscar Wyatt stepped in to challenge it.

  • A bare-knuckled trio goes after the Forest Service

    The founders of the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity - Robin Silver, Kieran Suckling and Peter Galvin - are uncompromising and obsessive in their goal of preserving endangered species.

  • Does Utah know what's coming?

    Salt Lake City has succeeded in its long, controversial bid to host the Winter Olympics - but now that the Games are only four years away, many Utahns are having second thoughts about them - and the city's already rampant growth.

  • Olympic onslaught: Salt Lake City braces for the winter games

    An introduction to the issue points out that Salt Lake City's intense and seemingly uncontrolled growth actually stems from deliberately planning - both to develop the city and to prepare for the Olympics.

  • Wild horses: Do they belong in the West?

    The management of wild horses on Montana's Pryor Mountain's Wild Horse Range is caught between the love Americans have for the animal and the concern some environmentalists have for the impact it has on the land.

  • Private rights vs. public lands: Thousands of inholdings create conflicts inside federal lands

    A ranching family's desire to develop a road to an inholding in Arizona's Arrastra Mounain Wilderness is a microcosm of the huge and unwieldy problem of inholdings on public lands throughout the West.

  • Looking at dams in a new way

    An unusual new book put out by the U.S. Geological Survey, "Dams and Rivers: A Primer on the Downstream Effects of Dams," is reviewed by Tom Knudson.

  • All the king's horses and all the king'smen...

    The reclamation of Montana's hardrock mines will cost billions, and is complicated by the fact that no one really knows how to do it, or who should foot the bill.

  • Montana on the edge: A fight over gold forces the Treasure State to confront its future

    Montana has long had a love-hate relationship with hardrock mining, and the prospect of new massive gold mines is bringing all the problems to a boil.

  • Gold Rush: Mining seeks to tighten its grip on the "last, best place'

    An introduction to HCN's special issue on mining in Montana shows the state at the center of debate on hardrock mining.

  • Mono Lake: Victory over Los Angeles turns into local controversy

    California's Mono Lake has been saved from Los Angeles' thirst, but a new local battle is brewing over the water in the lake's streams, and the question of how far to take restoration of the area.

  • Restoring a refuge: Cows depart, but can antelope recover?

    Oregon's Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge seems to be recovering now that cattle have been banned from it - but despite the lush grasses, the antelope are still in decline.

  • Reclaiming a lost canyon

    Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.

  • A tale of two rivers: The desert empire and the mountain

    A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, saving the Upper Basin states from overdevelopment and industrialization.

  • Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West

    The proposal to drain Lake Powell is exhilarating because of the debate it will inspire.

  • Deconstructing the age of dams

    California rice farmers decide to destroy salmon-blocking dams in their Sacramento Valley irrigation district.

  • The land is still public, but it's no longer free

    The federal government's new Recreational Fee Demonstration Program - which requires recreationists to "pay to play" in national parks, forests, BLM and Fish and Wildlife areas nationwide - receives both condemnation and kudos in its early trials.

  • The timber wars evolve into a divisive attempt at peace

    The Quincy Library Group's controversial forest plan comes out of a long struggle for consensus, and many environmentalists worry that the plan and its passage into law will set a dangerous precedent.

  • Is nature running too wild in Yellowstone?

    Maverick ecologist Richard Keigley believes Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation" is not working and, in fact, is harming the park - especially with the park's elk herds, which he says are overgrazing their ranges.

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