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  • Rough riding

    A new report, the ATV Safety Crisis Report, blames off-road vehicles for death and injury and suggests that their use should be regulated.

  • Traveling dunes

    Photographer Andrew Harvey has created the Algodones Photographic Tour to draw attention to California's Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area and protect it from ATV use.

  • Museum collections hit the roof

    Lack of adequate storage for artifacts in museums throughout Colorado and the West is creating a messy backlog that could eventually stall construction projects on public lands.

  • Toxic fish taint tribal diet

    A new study shows Columbia River fish to be contaminated with chemicals that could harm the health of the Native Americans that eat them.

  • Drought unearths a water dinosaur

    "The Big Straw" - a massive, extravagant scheme to bring water from Colorado's Western Slope to its crowded Front Range, is being seriously reconsidered in a state faced with drought and a growing population.

  • The Latest Bounce

    BLM reconsiders approval of coalbed methane leases in Wyoming; Montana judge says salty groundwater from coalbed methane wells is not pollutant; California's Cadiz water project gets go-ahead; Valles Caldera National Preserve, N.M.,opens grazing.

  • The BLM stabs at a tired land

    Near Farmington, N.M., some local ranchers and environmentalists are fighting a push to greatly increase oil and gas drilling in the area's San Juan Basin.

  • Bush's energy push meets unintended consequences

    The Bush administrations' push to drill and drill yet more in the West is likely to have surprising consequences, arousing even some Republicans to protest.

  • The other firefighters

    Fire-proofing houses is a thriving new business in Durango, Colorado's fire-prone forests, but the only real solution to the problem is to quit building in the urban-wildland interface, many say.

  • Closing the loop

    On the Navajo Reservation, Indigenous Community Enterprises is using thinned small trees from fire-prone, overgrown forests to build hogans for housing - and the tribal economy as well.

  • The Latest Bounce

    180 lynx to be released in Colorado; stricter noise rules in Grand Canyon; Bureau of Indian Affairs to create federal Indian Energy and Minerals office; bark beetles hit Arizona pinon pines.

  • EPA puts cleanup in local hands

    The planned Superfund cleanup of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene is taken from the EPA and given to a controversial new local commission, although the Coeur d'Alene Tribe says it will force the EPA to take back the project, if necessary.

  • Presidential hopeful plays with fire

    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is in hot water over his attempt to appeal-proof a controversial thinning project in his home state, but the situation is more complicated than his gleeful Republican opponents admit.

  • Bikers waffle on wilderness

    In California, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is leery of a new proposal to designate two and half million acres of wilderness in the state.

  • A fish is a fish is a fish - or is it?

    A draft policy released by the National Marine Fisheries Service in July does little to resolve the controversy over whether hatchery salmon and steelhead deserve equal protection with wild fish.

  • Chinook tribe loses recognition

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs rescinds the official federal status of the Chinook Indian tribe.

  • Suit may hamstring wildland firefighters

    Firefighters are worried that a lawsuit filed against the Forest Service, blaming the agency for the loss of homes near Connor, Mont., may make it harder to use backfires to fight wildfires.

  • New desert town no home to the fringe-toedlizard

    The planned Joshua Hills development in Southern California could hurt neighboring Joshua Tree National Park and the Coacella Valley Preserve, the only remaining home of the endangered fringe-toed lizard.

  • Mi rio, mi agua

    Tension is rising between Mexico and the U.S. over the little water left in the drought-stricken Rio Grande.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow; Park Service deliberating about snowmobiles; Thomas Slonake's resignation from Indian Trust Accounts forced; Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Mary and Carrie Dann.

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