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  • Yellowstone at 125: The park as a sovereign state

    As Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 125th birthday, it continues to struggle with the surrounding states over wildlife management and other questions.

  • Radioactive waste from Hanford is seeping toward the Columbia

    Two whistleblowers - safety auditor Casey Ruud and geophysicist John Brodeur - find that radioactive waste from some of the biggest, leaking storage tanks has already reached groundwater and is heading toward the Columbia River.

  • The West that was, and the West that can be

    A close look at the history of the West reveals that human beings have meddled with and sometimes changed the landscape for as long as they have lived on the continent.

  • Habitat plans are in full flood

    In the Pacific Northwest, timber companies such as Weyerhaeuser are enthusiastic about HCPs because of the spotted owl.

  • Timber's bad boy comes to the table

    Biologist Lorin Hicks of Plum Creek Timber Co. says that the notorious logging company is now trying to do the right thing for endangered species with the help of HCPs.

  • The feds won't enforce the ESA

    Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.

  • Critics say "no surprises' means no protection

    A report on the Habitat Conservation Plans conference in Washington, D.C., reveals a lot of uncertainty about whether or not HCPs are good for wildlife.

  • Habitat Conservation Plans: Who wins and who loses when Uncle Sam cuts deals with landowners to protect endangered species?

    Controversy reigns over whether Habitat Conservation Plans - the latest attempt to balance private-property rights with the protection of endangered species - are doing more harm than good.

  • Taxing the wrong side of the tracks

    Wyoming's peculiar tax system means that the poorest families help carry the wealthier mineral industries.

  • Sensory deprivation on the High Plains

    An Appalachian transplant seeks community in Wyoming coal towns Gillette and Wright.

  • While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes

    The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.

  • On the trail of mining's corporate nomads

    The copper mining company Summo USA's plans to mine in northern New Mexico and Lisbon Valley, Utah, lead a reporter to follow what happens when local communities resist - and don't resist - a hardrock mining project.

  • The Cowboy State gets shook up by 100,000 hogs

    Local activists in Wheatland, Wyo., band together to fight an industrial hog farm that would produce 100,000 pigs a year - and a lot of unpleasant products.

  • Chaos comes to Costilla County

    Costilla County, Colorado's attempts to rein in logging and gain access to the Taylor Ranch their Hispanic forebears used as a commons are frustrated by a wave of mostly Anglo newcomers who want no part of any planning regulations.

  • How do you define sacred?

    A Comanche writer points out that Native Americans rarely agree on anything, including sacred places and spirituality, but believes that the discussion is good for us and that common sense can lead to mutual respect.

  • The sacred and profane collide in the West

    The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places.

  • Planning under the gun: Cleaning up Lake Tahoe proves to be a dirty business

    Is the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency going to clean up beleaguered Lake Tahoe and its surroundings - or simply drive a wedge between the elite and the working class in the community?

  • Montana minister challenges a racist heresy

    An Evangelical Lutheran pastor denounces the racial extremists of the so-called "Christian Identity" movement who have lately flocked to Montana.

  • Christian Evangelicals preach a green gospel

    A new breed of green Evangelical Christians seeks to spread the good news of Bible-based environmentalism to their conservative fellow Christians.

  • The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions

    California's new Mojave National Preserve, touted as "a park for the 21st century," seeks to remain primitive and to avoid alienating the small communities in and around the preserve.

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