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  • Safe crossing

    Traffic engineers work with biologists to protect both wildlife and motorists on hazardous highways.

  • Borders and saints

    Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea talks about the border and remembers the women in his family who inspired him.

  • Into thin air?

    Global warming spurs calls for new dams in the West – but where will the water come from to fill them?

  • Forest Service acts to preserve 'the Front'

    Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor Gloria Flora decides against allowing oil and gas leasing in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.

  • Can wildlife weather the gas boom?

    Wildlife officials, BLM and energy companies to study Colorado sage grouse and mule deer, but conservationists call it a sham

  • Fed up with paying to play

    Chris Wallace’s refusal to pay daily user fees on Arizona’s Mount Lemmon led to a courtroom decision that has thrown the entire future of the federal recreational fee program into doubt

  • Destruction and discovery walk hand in hand

    A new plan to steer energy development away from cultural sites in New Mexico could streamline energy development, fund archaeological research and preserve ancient sites all at once

  • Spinning coal into gasoline

    Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is eager to build a synfuels plant to turn coal into diesel, but it will neither easy nor cheap to make gas gasification a reality in the West

  • Trees — A different shade of green

    Increasingly, Western cities are planting trees to save energy as well as provide beauty

  • Pueblo water battle nears its end

    If New Mexico’s 40-year-old Aamodt case is settled, it will end centuries of wrangling over water use, but not everybody is happy with how it’s ending

  • Can the West become the new South?

    Boosters of a Western primary hope it could give the Interior West a greater voice in the politics of Washington, D.C.

  • Wastin' away in New Mexico

    Louisiana Energy Services, a European-based company, breaks ground on the first uranium enrichment facility in the U.S. near Eunice, N.M.

  • Voters could be energized, or exhausted, by ballot initiatives

    In 10 Western states this November, voters face a total of 82 ballot measures

  • On the ballot: Will Californians vote to build an off-ramp from the oil highway?

    California’s Proposition 87 would tax oil produced in the state to raise money for the development of alternative fuels

  • Clinton-era roadless rule is back... for now

    A federal judge has reinstated President Clinton’s roadless rule protecting forests in the Lower 48 states, but the decision seems to have only confused the issue of forest management and is likely to end up back in court

  • The myth trafficker

    Keoki Skinner deals lemonade and information from his yellow fruit-stand van in the border communities of Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Mexico

  • Sleepers

    Several magazines and newspapers provide good independent commentary on water in the West, but there is always room for more

  • The wet Net

    John Orr created his "Coyote Gulch" blog to follow Denver-area politics and Colorado water issues

  • Waterblogged

    Rick Spilsbury, a Western Shoshone Indian, writes bitingly and sometimes hilariously about Nevada’s water issues on his "noshootfoot" blog

  • Online: No more talking heads

    Jennifer Napier-Pearce uses her own money to produce a Salt Lake City-based podcast called Inside Utah

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