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  • Beehive state may get new wilderness — and more

    In Utah, an "omnibus" public-lands bill may create several new wilderness areas near Zion National Park, but at the same time authorize the auction of federal lands for development

  • Former refuge manager takes heat for saving frogs

    Wayne Shifflett, former manager of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona, was charged with illegally moving a small population of imperiled Chiricahua leopard frog tadpoles, in order to save their lives when drought threatened their habitat.

  • Gold mining proposed in historic South Passarea

    A Canadian mining company, the Fremont Gold Corporation, plans to dig 200 test pits for a possible mining operation five miles from the South Pass National Historic Landmark in Wyoming, where wagon trains once traveled

  • Follow-up

    Ag Secretary Mike Johanns says his agency may relax ban on slaughtering "downer" cows for human consumption; California sets official, but nonbinding, goals for perchlorate in drinking water; San Juan Generating Station to cut mercury and other emissions

  • Congress touts 'green energy,' but bill is black and blue

    The House of Representatives passes an energy bill with even more industrial pork than the Bush administration requested.

  • Is Preble's just another meadow mouse?

    The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to delist the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, on the grounds that the animal is genetically identical to a more common species

  • Californians put their money where their meter is

    A new California law requires all homes in the state to use water meters by 2025

  • BLM's crown jewels go begging

    The Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System is underfunded, even though more visitors are flocking to BLM- managed lands

  • Stream leases languish

    Efforts to privatize instream-flow protection – to keep enough water in rivers and streams to sustain their ecological functions – face tough going in the West.

  • Getting the lead out

    Condor 134’s harrowing experience with lead poisoning exemplifies these endangered birds’ greatest challenge – which some advocates hope to ease by banning lead bullets in California

  • Man Camp

    In Western Colorado, where the energy boom is stretching the resources – and social fabric – of local communities, some companies have turned to portable dormitories to ease the housing crunch.

  • Under the radar

    Homeless families aren’t found only in urban areas. They’re also struggling to survive in the rural West, as shown by the story of Barbara Trivitt and her two children, who lived in a Jeep in Coos Bay, Oregon, this fall.

  • Congress moves on local proposals

    Fearing more last-minute monument designations, Westerners have begun working with the Clinton administration to find other ways to protect public lands.

  • Round two for Steens Mountain development

    John and Cindy Witzel want to build a school for outfitters on the 160 acres they own on Oregon's Steens Mountain, an area also being considered for national monument status.

  • Scientists uncover a weevil gourmand

    Flower-head weevils released in Colorado's Gunnison National Forest to eat invasive Canada thistles seem to prefer other thistles instead and have no impact on the weeds.

  • The Steens Riviera?

    Environmentalists fear the Cooperative Management Act won't protect Oregon's Steens Mountain from development, unless Congress comes through with enough money to buy up private land.

  • A Montana county unearths a major welfare queen:itself

    Republican County Commissioner Adam Dahlman discovers that for every dollar Teton County taxpayers pay, $2.50 comes back from the federal government.

  • Road warriors back on the offensive

    The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments

  • Uber Recycling

    Garry and Diann Fulks have been recycling large metal objects for 35 years at their scrap yard in Montrose, Colo.

  • The latest trend in name-calling

    Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.

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