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  • Condit Dam removal hits snags

    Plans to take down Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington are stalled over the problem of what to do about the sediment that has backed up behind the dam.

  • Cowboys fight oil and gas drillers

    Fed up with energy companies and the BLM, several ranchers in northwestern New Mexico have locked their gates, blocking private roads to natural gas wells.

  • Farmers band together to stave off sprawl

    In California’s Central Valley, farmers are working together to create "farmland security perimeters" to protect their land from development.

  • Election Bounce

    Beef checkoff rule upheld by courts; California red-legged frog loses critical habitat; Hanford’s Fast Flux Test Facility will not be shut down; Neal McCaleb announces resignation as director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and EPA eases rules on coal-fir

  • Outside the agency, it’s a cold, cruelworld

    Displaced federal employees may find it difficult to adapt to work in the private sector.

  • Administration, industry stamp out clean airregs

    The auto industry, backed by the Bush administration, is trying to halt California’s progressive auto-emissions regulations.

  • Colorado community battles a toxic shipment

    Residents of the Canon City, Colo., suburb of Lincoln Park are fighting the proposed delivery of radioactive soil from a New Jersey Superfund site to the Cotter Corp. uranium mill

  • New ski resort goes big

    The luxurious WestRock Resort is now under construction, 90 miles north of Boise, despite continued opposition from environmentalist and citizens' groups

  • Did the BLM Spike New Mexico's ditches?

    Herbicide spread by BLM land managers on range near Malaga, N.M., has washed into the Black River, contaminating a diversion ditch and killing nearby farmers' crops and trees

  • Clinton-era monuments weather court challenge

    A federal court rules that Pres. Clinton did, in fact, have the authority to create six national monuments in four Western states

  • Report slams BLM's land-exchange process

    A new report criticizes the BLM's handing of land swaps, saying the process is "politicized" and results in the loss of federal money and natural resources

  • Silver state gets a little wilder

    A new bill designates 450,000 acres of wilderness in Nevada, but makes it easier for Las Vegas to grow by withdrawing other land from wilderness consideration

  • Feds bail on snowmobile ban

    The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

  • Election Bounce

    Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo

  • Conservation vote groups optimistic

    Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level

  • Wind power in the West gains speed

    Colorado writer Alex Merkels talks about the revolution in wind power now sweeping over the West.

  • Golden State gets a green power surge

    Under a new law, California's three investor-owned utilities must buy 20 percent of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.

  • How to make your own Yellowstone, Mexican style

    In Coahuila, Mexico, the corporate colossus CEMEX is working to create a "Mexican Yellowstone" that would preserve the rich wildlife and wild country of the Sierra El Carmen.

  • Land swap too hot to handle

    Some Sheridan, Wyo., residents fear a planned land swap could land them with responsibility for an underground coal-seam fire at the Welch Ranch on the Tongue River.

  • Golden trout swimming in troubled waters

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to list the disappearing golden trout, California's state fish, as endangered.

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