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  • Rebuilding a road to prosperity

    Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.

  • Army Corps wavers on management plan

    The Army Corps of Engineers backs away from a revised environmental impact statement that would have changed the way it operates six Missouri River dams.

  • Salt Woman confronts a coal mine

    In New Mexico, the Zuni Pueblo fights a coal strip-mine planned for Zuni Salt Lake, a site sacred to the tribe.

  • Coho salmon lose federal protection

    A lawsuit from the Pacific Legal Foundation leads an Oregon federal district judge to throw out the coho salmon's status as protected under the Endangered Species Act.

  • Ski resorts pump up ecoterrorism defenses

    In the wake of the arson at Vail two years ago, Western ski resorts have hired security staff to keep an eye out for ecoterrorism.

  • The Latest Bounce

    California ends electric deregulation; new wolf packs found in Montana, Idaho; Forest Service overspends firefighting budget; Western land trusts booming.

  • Terrorist attacks echo in the West

    The terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., have affected life in the West in many ways, bringing armed guards to major dams and derailing the tourism industry, among other impacts.

  • Klamath water is finally for the birds

    Spurred by a lawsuit over the needs of the threatened bald eagle, the Bureau of Reclamation agrees to give some water to six wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California.

  • The timber sale that won't die

    The Eagle Creek timber sale in Mount Hood National Forest near Portland, Ore., is a mecca for protesters, but some say the sale is environmentally sound, and the protests are much ado about nothing.

  • Montana guts a green law

    Montana greens are worried that recent legislative changes to the state's 1971 Montana Environmental Policy Act will make the law almost impossible to enforce.

  • Oak killer on the loose

    Sudden oak death, a disease which has killed thousands of native oak trees in Northern California, has appeared in southern Oregon.

  • Grand Teton rancher gives up grazing lease

    Wyoming rancher Brad Mead gives up his 2,000-acre grazing lease in Grand Teton National Park.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah's Olympics could be cancelled after terrorist acts; 16,000 acres near Scottsdale, AZ reclassified as open space; Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin Superfund suit partly resolved; Lewis & Clark bicentennial; retirement age for firefighters raised.

  • State proposes mother-lode mine fee

    New Mexico presents Phelps Dodge with a plan that could cost the company $759 billion to close out and clean up its Chino Mine near Silver City, the state's largest.

  • Nature hits a home run for salmon

    A rare combination of ideal conditions leads to Idaho's biggest salmon and steelhead runs in 25 years.

  • A murder mystery on Whiskey Mountain

    A mysterious disease is killing off the bighorn sheep on Montana's Whiskey Mountain, and biologist John Mioncynski is working to track down the culprit.

  • Indian activist may lead cowboys

    Indian activist and Libertarian Russell Means is appealing to Catron County sagebrush rebels as he kicks off his campaign to run for governor of New Mexico.

  • New dump may trash Tacoma's water

    Local critics worry that a new landfill may pollute drinking water used by Eatonville and Tacoma, Wash.

  • Texaco spill leaves residents fuming

    Some citizens of Sunburst, Mont., feel that Texaco has not done enough to clean up an underground gasoline pool left from a toxic spill 46 years ago.

  • Organics, timber cut healthy deal

    The town of Williams, Ore., wants to buy a nearby forest owned by Boise Cascade to protect local organic farms from herbicide chemicals used in spraying.

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