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  • Did Idaho libel the feds?

    A newly released tape of the encounter of three federal agents with Idaho rancher Eugene Hussey over the killing of a wolf proves that the "feds" were not aggressors.

  • The West's fisheries spin out of control

    The story of whirling disease in Western trout is a story of human "improvement on nature" gone wrong.

  • I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook

    The increase in numbers of tourists drawn to the canyon country by guidebooks and magazines raises questions about exploiting and overusing a fragile landscape.

  • HCN's founder fights his last fight, yet again

    HCN founder Tom Bell fights the proposed Altamont gas pipeline, which he says would harm the historic Oregon Trail at South Pass.

  • Fighting fires, and indignities

    World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.

  • Making a mountain into a starbase: The long, bitter battle over Mount Graham

    The University of Arizona's determination to build a world-class observatory on Mount Graham creates a storm of controversy involving an endangered red squirrel and an Indian tribe's desire to protect the mountain as a sacred place.

  • Colorado's prison slayer: One man's quest to unshackle a rural economy

    Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.

  • The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on?

    Arizona's San Pedro River - the Southwest's last natural low-desert river - still faces a number of threats to its survival.

  • Politics 101: The new politics has no room for a giant gentleman

    A reporter travels through Washington state's 5th congressional district to try to understand the November election defeat of Democratic Speaker of the House Tom Foley after 30 years in office.

  • Dog and pony show about salmon and owls

    Public hearings on the rewriting of the Endangered Species Act stir up controversy among environmentalists and their opponents.

  • Starting a war at Ohio State

    Kamyar Enshayan fights the industrialization of agriculture often promoted by land-grant colleges.

  • The gospel according to Wes Jackson

    Geneticist Wes Jackson calls modern agriculture a mistake and offers a blueprint for reform.

  • Trying to save two of the parts

    Lyle McNeal of Utah State devotes himself to bringing back the Navajo's Churro sheep.

  • Land grants under the microscope

    The land-grant university system has been challenged and is slowly beginning to change.

  • An in-your-face range scientist

    New Mexico State's Jerry Holechek believes public-lands grazing has to be changed at the roots.

  • The New West's servant economy

    Ski resorts begin to resemble the Third World as Africans and others come to take low-paying service jobs, but have trouble finding housing.

  • At home in the wasteland

    The Great Basin is changing from within and becoming a more environmentally enlightened place.

  • Surprises of Sovereignty

    Three tribes, the Pyramid Lake Paiutes, the Fort Mojave Tribe and the Skull Valley Goshutes, follow different paths toward sovereignty and economic development.

  • No final solutions for farmers

    Environmentalists, irrigators and Indians battle over water in Nevada's Lahontan Valley.

  • A tale of two ranches

    Two Nevada ranching families are worlds apart in their attitudes toward managing the land.

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