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  • The Latest Bounce

    Fire czar Lyle Laverty; no gold mine on Wash.'s Buckhorn Mtn.; EPA nixes radioactive waste storage in western Colo.; utilities lobby for nuclear waste site on Goshute Reservation, Utah; Las Vegas to dump more treated wastewater in Lake Mead.

  • Boaters float for their rights

    In Colorado, a group of river rafters float the Lake Fork of the Gunnison in defiance of a landowner who has filed suit to stop them, part of a statewide struggle over access and ownership of rivers.

  • Bush fails to defend roadless rule

    Clinton's roadless plan for national forests has stalled out, caught in a Bush-era legal and bureaucratic labyrinth.

  • Wetland degrader swims in murky waters

    The EPA has taken Idaho rancher John Simpson to court for clearing debris and beaver dams out of a channel of the Salmon River, although endangered salmon have since spawned in the channel, complicating the issue.

  • Snowmobile ban stalled

    The Bush administration wants to "re-evaluate" Clinton's ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

  • Logging cut short for salmon

    The National Marine Fisheries Service must re-examine how logging affects endangered salmon before 24 federal timber sales can proceed in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Indigenous group seeks citizenship

    A bill before Congress will grant citizenship to Tohono O'odham Indians, whose traditional land is divided by the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • A 'shroom boom rises from the ashes

    Last summer's wildfires cleared the ground for a boom in commercial mushroom-picking on Montana's national forests.

  • Forestry nominee: Rey of light or death Rey?

    Supporters call Mark Rey, Bush's nominee for undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, a forest management expert, but wary environmentalists liken him to Darth Vader and Machiavelli.

  • Norton snubs grizzlies

    Interior Secretary Gale Norton sets aside the Clinton-era plan to reintroduce grizzlies to wilderness in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and Montana.

  • Counties cross the yellow line

    A judge rules that three Utah counties misused the 19th century statute RS 2477 when they illegally graded jeep tracks in BLM wilderness study areas and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

  • The Latest Bounce

    BPA rate increase but no extra water for salmon; Calif. coast off-limits to oil/gas exploration; Congress blocks oil/gas exploration in new monuments; Cascade-Siskiyou monument; Child Welfare League apologizes for removing Indian children in '50s-'60s.

  • Tragedy re-ignites wildfire debate

    After the Thirty Mile Fire in Washington's Methow Valley takes the lives of four firefighters, some say the fire should never have been fought.

  • A maverick mayor takes on sprawl

    Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson delights anti-sprawl activists and angers Legacy Parkway supporters by personally joining a lawsuit to kill the controversial highway.

  • Missing: One truckload of fuel

    More than 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel accidentally dumped in a water-quality monitoring well at Copper Mountain ski resort, Colo., have yet to be found.

  • Tribes fight to clear the roads for salmon

    Twenty tribes file suit against the state of Washington, saying that the state violates treaty rights by not repairing the thousands of culverts that prevent endangered salmon from returning to their spawning grounds.

  • Varmint hunters sidelined in Wyoming

    In Wyoming, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson bans sport shooting of prairie dogs at Thunder Basin National Grassland.

  • Rancher goes down kicking

    Montana elk-rancher Len Wallace, angry at Initiative 143 banning commercial hunts on game farms, is foiled in his attempt to give his herd to the Crow Indians, because of laws set up to halt the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

  • Luxury homes torched in Tucson

    In Phoenix, Mark Warren Sands is charged with burning down eight trophy homes, but the June arsons that burned three brand-new, vacant luxury homes in Tucson's Pima Canyon Estates remain a mystery.

  • The Latest Bounce

    House passes Interior appropriations bill; Coeur d'Alene Indians own lower third of lake; Wind River Reservation tribes want electoral districts redrawn; Neal McCaleb can fix BIA trust fund problems; eco-arsonist Jeffrey Michael Luers sentenced in Oregon.

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