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  • Domenici clobbers cooperation on the RioGrande

    New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici says he wants to give more money to the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program – if the program will trim its membership and put itself under federal authority

  • Horn hunters face hard times

    The rising popularity of Viagra has cut into the profits of Western antler-hunters, including Wyoming Boy Scouts

  • Primrose focus of legal dustup

    Environmentalists and ORV groups accuse the BLM of dragging its feet over implementing a plan to protect an endangered flower in California’s Clear Creek Management Area

  • The Great Salt Lake's dirty little secret

    Utah’s Great Salt Lake is loaded with mercury, and scientists are trying to figure out whether Nevada’s gold mines are part of the problem

  • Follow-up

    Mexican wolf dies during checkup; another fish kill on the Klamath; Bush nominates H. Dale Hall to be new head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Industry embeds its own in the BLM

    Energy and mining companies are paying the salaries of workers at Bureau of Land Management offices around the West

  • Follow-up

    Arizona’s San Pedro River dries up; Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility is having trouble disposing of rockets; Bush nominates industry lawyer Granta Nakayama to head EPA’s enforcement division

  • New grazing rules ride on doctored science

    The Bureau of Land Management rewrote a scientific report critical of its new grazing rules, and two veteran scientists have quit the agency in protest

  • Soaring home prices spur changes to environmental law

    With housing prices on the rise in the state, the California Environmental Quality Act is under attack

  • How low will Vegas go for water?

    Patricia Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has ambitious plans for getting yet more water for Las Vegas from intake pipes in Lake Mead

  • Pueblo happily hangs on to mustard gas

    The aging chemical weapons stored at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot will stay in Colorado and be destroyed on site

  • Rural residents split over coalbed methane

    In Montana’s Powder River County, the group Citizens for Resource Development wants to encourage coalbed methane drilling, while next door in Rosebud County, the Northern Plains Resource Council is fighting hard against it

  • Navajos put more than 17 million acres off-limits

    The Navajo Nation has banned uranium mining on the reservation, but that may not stop an already-approved mining project

  • Uranium miners go back underground

    With prices rising and government support, uranium mining is booming in western Colorado

  • Idaho gets smart about water

    Idaho is weathering the drought by taking a new, scientific approach to managing water use among its farmers

  • Follow-up

    Gale Norton blasts environmentalists; California farmworkers sprayed with pesticides; ranchers have to keep paying beef checkoffs

  • For salmon, a crucial moment of decision

    A judge has thrown out the Bush administration’s salmon protection plan, setting the stage for dramatic changes to the federal hydropower system

  • Cows versus condos -- Northwest style

    Some say that Washington’s Forests and Fish rules could be so hard on small timber farms that the owners are likely to sell out to development, to the detriment of salmon and other wildlife

  • In the Washington woods, managers face a catch-22

    The Forests and Fish plan was supposed to help both salmon and the timber industry in Washington State, but clauses in the agreement may tilt it against wildlife

  • On the Colorado River, a tug-of-war on a tightrope

    A wet winter postpones the declaration of a shortage on the Colorado River as the Upper and Lower Basin states continue to squabble over long-strategy for dealing with the region's droughts

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