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  • Jet Ski riders circle the wagons

    In November, personal watercraft will be banned from Lake Powell and seven other Western reservoirs while the Park Service completes an environmental review of the machines' impacts.

  • Forests could lose environmental review

    Some congressional conservatives are trying to eliminate the analysis of forest-thinning projects that is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • Bush undermines bedrock environmental law

    The Bush administration says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be "streamlined," but conservationists say the act is in danger of being "steamrolled."

  • The Latest Bounce

    BLM allows seismic exploration gas in Utah; Chemical Depot ordered to cease test burns; Colorado streams hit record lows; Sen. Chuck Grassley asks why ranger was pulled; and National Treasury Employees Union says no control of employees' politics

  • Deer, elk disease doesn't scare hunters

    Colorado hunters do not seem to be deterred by recent tests that show chronic wasting disease to be more widespread than previously thought.

  • Shifting sands in Navajoland

    On the drought-stricken Navajo Nation, scientist Margaret Hiza Redsteer studies the movement of sand dunes.

  • Bush brings more green into the green movement

    The Bush administration has been good for environmental groups, at least when it comes to money and membership numbers.

  • Havana goes West

    Conservative Western politicians such as Idaho Gov. Butch Otter are working to end the United States’ trade and travel embargo against Cuba.

  • CSI: Critter Crime

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s forensic lab in Ashland, Ore., tackles wildlife crime from around the world.

  • Tractor politicking

    High Country News talks to Dennis McDonald, the Montana rancher who also leads the state’s Democratic Party.

  • Go west, fruit picker

    Disappearing jobs in the hard-hit apple orchards of eastern Washington have led to a flood of displaced migrant workers moving west toward Seattle.

  • A struggling mountain town looks for a lift

    The former mining town of Silverton, Colo., has put its economic hopes in plans for a new but old-fashioned small-scale, low-key ski area, but some worry the area is too avalanche-prone to be safe.

  • Cooperating on the Valles Caldera

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico will not be managed by any government agency, but by a president-appointed board of nine trustees, who are still trying to figure out their new job.

  • Church aims to purchase public land

    The Mormon Church is working to purchase a national historic site along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming, where nearly 200 Mormon pioneers died in the winter of 1856.

  • Stargazers defend darkness in Arizona

    The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition's struggle to keep the stars visible has led to the city's designation as the first "International Dark-Sky City."

  • The Latest Bounce

    Sierra Nevada Framework upheld; Rebecca Watson, Interior Dept., land and minerals mgmt; lawsuit on president's authority to create new monuments dismissed; Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Mgmt.; Torres-Martinez Band of Cahuilla Indians, Salton Sea.

  • Ruling ripples through salmon country

    A judge's ruling has removed Oregon coastal coho from protection under the Endangered Species Act, and sent the National Marine Fisheries Service scrambling to rethink its hatchery policy.

  • Rocky Mountain Front saved again - but...

    An industry suit is rejected, upholding - at least for the moment - former Forest Service Supervisor Gloria Flora's ban on drilling in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.

  • Mining reform gets the shaft

    Environmentalists say the Interior Department yanked the teeth from Bruce Babbitt's new set of hard-rock mining regulations when it decided to go with a much-watered-down version.

  • Will the circle be broken?

    The state of Washington is considering logging circles of land set aside in 1997 as habitat for endangered spotted owls.

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