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  • The Latest Bounce

    Libby, Mont., asbestos victims now eligible for disability; new wind-power farm to come to Colorado; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson petitions to protect his state’s roadless lands

  • Interior's new secretary — general or footsoldier?

    Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed

  • Lion plan draws heat from scientists, enviros

    The Oregon state Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to cut mountain lion numbers by as much as 40 percent over the next five years

  • Good Samaritan bill could clean up old mines

    A bill introduced by Colorado Rep. John Salazar could make it easier for environmental groups and others to clean up pollution at thousands of orphaned hardrock mines

  • Montana court acknowledges water linkage

    Montana’s Supreme Court rules that groundwater and surface water are connected, in a ruling that will affect water rights and development across the state

  • The Latest Bounce

    Navajo Nation opens arms to coal-fired Desert Rock power plant; plan to trade public lands for schools is pulled off table; EPA has new Homeland Security position

  • Bomb test stirs up fear in Nevada desert

    "Divine Strake" — a proposed weapons detonation at the Nevada Test Site – has stirred up fears of radioactive contamination and the possibility of a new nuclear arms race

  • Guest farmworkers get a new deal

    The United Farm Workers has signed a contract with agricultural labor-supply company Global Horizons protecting the rights of guest farmworkers

  • Corporations ask feds to set emissions limits

    Executives from six of the nation’s largest energy companies have asked federal lawmakers to set mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions

  • County and Forest Service bury the shovel

    Elko County, Nev., has made an agreement with the Forest Service to end the long-running fight over a dirt road in Jarbidge Canyon on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

  • Hobby miners flock to public streams

    Amateur gold prospectors are invading the West’s publicly owned streams, and environmentalists say the hobby’s popularity threatens fish and the environment

  • Pure bison make a comeback

    In Montana, the American Prairie Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund are working together to create a genuinely wild bison herd, one free of cattle genes

  • The Latest Bounce

    Mining company allowed to dump waste into Alaskan lake; Colorado split-estate bill unravels; Arizona’s Oak Flat may become a copper mine

  • Burning down the house

    Despite the promises of the Healthy Forests Act, the Bush administration has proposed sweeping cuts to community fire programs in the West

  • City makes desperate bid for watershed

    Grand Junction and Palisade, Colo., try unsuccessfully to bid on oil and gas leases to protect their water supply from contamination by drilling

  • Enviros wary of 'Nevada-style' wilderness bill

    A controversial proposed wilderness bill for Utah’s Washington County includes utility corridors, motorized-vehicle trails, and public-land sales designed to accommodate urban growth

  • Where the rubber leaves the road

    Colorado's new off-road vehicle bill expands enforcement

  • Dems reach out to Native Americans

    Presidential candidates promise hopeful future out of "tragic past"

  • Slideshow: Crossing the ‘Berlin Wall’ for wildlife

    The bridge, now in the design phase, would be Colorado’s first, but construction depends on securing the $4 million-$8 million needed for the project.

  • Contaminated water can't stop Californiasprawl

    Perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, has been found in drinking water wells, but that won’t stop the development of West Creek, a planned community northeast of Los Angeles

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