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  • Sparring over elk imports

    The Colorado Wildlife Commission wants to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease by requiring all elk imports to be certified as disease-free for 60 months.

  • Snowmobilers rev up for roadless riding

    In Montana's Centennial Valley, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest is delaying a decision to manage as wilderness Mount Jefferson, an area increasingly popular with, and impacted by, snowmobiles.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah's Skull Valley nuclear storage site; Wyoming Game & Fish bails on black-tailed prairie dog plan; lynx-hair fracas continues; Arizona wants to sell power to New Mexico; La Verkin, Utah, repeals anti-U.N. ordinance.

  • No game plan for the public lands

    Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.

  • Wheeling and dealing

    Utah environmentalists fear a secret deal between the BLM and the governor's office will give counties control over dirt roads and trails and prevent the designation of future wilderness.

  • Boy Scouts want new digs

    Local residents and environmentalists object to a planned Boy Scout camp on the Fryingpan River in the White River National Forest near Aspen, Colorado.

  • Greens bail on 'bilers

    Two environmentalists leave the collaborative group working on a winter-use plan for Wyoming's Snowy Range after the group refuses to address the impact of snowmobiles on ptarmigan habitat.

  • Cat trouble dogs Flagstaff

    Mountain lion advocates protest the Arizona Game and Fish Department's decision to kill two lions that had followed hikers and threatened dogs on the edge of Flagstaff.

  • 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.

  • Recreation-fee foes catch an agency fumble

    The Forest Service has been illegally collecting recreation fees at thousands of sites in the West, instead of the 100 places allowed under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.

  • Biologists caught in the crosshairs

    Seven wildlife biologists are in trouble for giving to a lab hair samples of what were supposed to be from wild Canada lynx in Washington but actually belonged to captive ones and a bobcat.

  • Will listing hurt the Colorado lynx?

    The Canada lynx is listed as threatened, but some fear the decision not to list the Southern Rockies lynx as a "distinct population segment" will hamper its recovery chances in Colorado.

  • A neighborhood for Aspen's 'middle' class

    Aspen developer John McBride's North Forty housing development aims to create a community for the ski resort's 'middle' class.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah Rep. Jim Hansen to retire; Kathleen Clarke confirmed as new BLM director; Ore. coast coho back under federal protection; Fort Irwin, CA Army training range expanded; Yellowstone ranger Bob Jackson back to work.

  • Judge puts kibosh on logging plan

    A federal judge rules that the Burn Area Recovery Plan, which would log Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, must be put on hold until the Forest Service gives the public a chance to appeal.

  • Unranchers gain ground

    The Arizona Supreme Court says the state land department can't deny conservation groups the right to bid on state grazing leases.

  • No go on state land reform

    Citing internal disagreement, a coalition has abandoned plans to put an initiative to preserve Arizona state trust lands on the 2002 ballot.

  • Show me the water

    The California state assembly says developers will have to prove they have water rights before they receive final approval for new subdivisions.

  • Griz numbers a mixed bag

    Federal biologists say the threatened Yellowstone grizzly population is healthy and increasing, but conservationists say the bears still face many long-term risks.

  • Ridgetop home may be toppled

    In Park City, Utah, county planners are fighting to stop Bruce Daley's planned hilltop home, and Daley is fighting back with a lawsuit against Summit County.

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