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  • Tug-of-war over water

    The Colorado Legislature is mulling over a bill that would allow farmers and cities to retain rights to any water they leave instream for fish and boaters.

  • Ghost of the Selkirks fading fast

    The last herd of mountain caribou in the U.S. is down to 30-some animals, and biologists and conservationists say lack of funds stalls rescue work.

  • Is a coal mine pumping the Hopi dry?

    Hopi Indians fear that Peabody Western Coal is draining the aquifer that provides their water even as the company's royalties bring money to the reservation.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Nevada sues over Yucca Mountain; lawsuit against Enron involves Taylor Ranch in Colo.'s San Luis Valley; Blackfeet Tribe's wind-power project stalls; Mark Warren Sands sentenced for torching homes in Ariz.; Steve Huffaker heads Idaho Fish and Game.

  • Klamath Basin II: The saga continues

    A controversial National Academy of Sciences report on Oregon's Klamath Basin states that federal biologists had no scientific basis to withhold water from farmers to protect endangered fish.

  • Groundswell for a monument?

    Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt startles environmentalists with his suggestion for a new national monument on the San Rafael Swell.

  • Entrepreneur shovels trouble

    Archaeologists are appalled at Anasazi Digs, a family-owned business near Monticello, Utah, that plans to sell the right to dig and keep artifacts from prehistoric ruins on private land.

  • Dunes shifts toward park status

    Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.

  • Moose-slinging ends

    The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' plan to use helicopters to relocate moose on Interstate 80 is halted when one of the helicopters crashes, killing three.

  • Buyout for bears

    Defenders of Wildlife and the Wyoming Wilderness Society are paying an Idaho sheep rancher to move to a different grazing allotment, so that grizzly bears can safely live on the original allotment.

  • Scouts (dis)honor

    Tucson, Ariz., development foes are upset by a plan to sell land that was given to the Boy Scouts by a local rancher 30 years ago.

  • Will bulldozers roll into Arizona's Eden?

    Anti-grazing activist Joe Feller is leading the fight against BLM-approved projects in Arizona's Arrastra Mountain Wilderness that include an improved access road to a rancher's inholding.

  • Battle brews over a wilderness mother lode

    Activists are fighting a copper and silver mine planned for underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana.

  • Condor program laden with lead

    Endangered condors reintroduced in the West are dying, many from lead poisoning caused by the bullets in the carcasses they feed on.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Salvage logging plan for Montana's burned Bitterroot forest meets approval; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line approved; experimental program would kill coyotes to save sage grouse in Idaho and Utah; Steven A. Williams new director of USFWS.

  • Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • Cheney picks former aide to oversee parks, BLM,wildlife

    The Bush administration picks Wyoming resident Paul Hoffman to run the BLM as assistant secretary of the Interior for fish, wildlife and parks.

  • Yucca Mountain debate goes nuclear

    The battle over storing nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is heating up in Congress as well as in Nevada and the West.

  • Grand Canyon plan relaunched

    A revision of Grand Canyon National Park's River Management Plan is back on track after former superintendent Robert Arnberger dropped it in 1997 because of the controversy it aroused.

  • Scoot over, farms - ducks are moving in

    In Boundary Creek, Idaho, locals are at odds over the flooding of good farmland to create wetlands for the new Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area.

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