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  • Pony up

    When it comes to fund raising, Mitt Romney is the West’s favorite presidential candidate, as is demonstrated by a series of charts

  • Of politics and the river

    The last free-flowing river in the desert Southwest, Arizona’s San Pedro, is threatened by an expanding Fort Huachuca and a controversial congressman

  • The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

    New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

  • Watershed moment

    The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water

  • Tribal victory

    In Washington state, the Yakama Tribe purchases its traditional fishing grounds at Lyle Point on the Columbia River

  • UnGuarded

    The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq

  • Native hum

    As honeybees vanish, Western farmers turn to the region’s native pollinators

  • Voluntary excess

    As its budget shrinks, the National Park Service relies more and more on volunteers – and critics say that is not necessarily healthy

  • Weathering the academic storm

    Dan Donato, whose controversial study on salvage logging sparked an academic firestorm, talks about his research and all it provoked

  • The deer departed

    A plan to reduce the number of exotic deer at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore through birth control may end up doing little but alienating hunters

  • Cow power

    In Idaho’s Magic Valley, cow capital of the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the U.S., entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in on all that manure by using anaerobic digesters to convert it into energy

  • Mirroring the maquila boom

    Santa Teresa, N.M., hopes to build its sluggish economy by attracting industrial suppliers for the factories just across the border in Mexico

  • Island's pig problem pits animal-rights activists againstconservationists

    A plan to eradicate thousands of feral pigs from Southern California’s Santa Cruz Island has animal rights activists up in arms

  • Ferret recovery pioneer moves on

    District Ranger Bill Perry, who led the effort to help restore endangered black-footed ferrets, is leaving South Dakota’s Buffalo Gap National Grassland for a job in Washington, D.C.

  • Drilling leases slowed by paper jam

    Assistant Interior Secretary Rebecca Watson blames environmental protests for hobbling gas drilling in the Rocky Mountains, but much of the delay comes from problems with the industry’s applications

  • Feds oppose state's effort to empowerlandowners

    Wyoming’s new "split-estate" law, designed to give private landowners more control over energy development on their property, hits a big obstacle – the Bush administration

  • Congress and Indians spar over lost money

    Sen. John McCain proposes a way to settle the long-running scandal over missing Indian trust-account funds, but Blackfoot banker Elouise Cobell remains wary

  • Follow-up

    Judge Dee Benson reconsiders the Norton-Leavitt 2003 wilderness settlement; New Mexico’s Otero Mesa back on the oil and gas auction block; former NOAA administrator James Lecky accused of doctoring science in controversial biological opinion

  • Bedrock environmental law takes a beating

    Congressman Richard Pombo’s task force tears into the National Environmental Policy Act

  • Birds get a break from blades

    More than half the windmills on California’s Altamont Pass will shut down for two months this winter so migrating birds can pass safely through the area

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