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  • Wolf assassin on the loose

    At least nine endangered gray wolves have died so far in Idaho, deliberately poisoned with the banned Compound 1980.

  • High court weeds out pesticides

    Under the Clean Water Act, aquatic pesticides can no longer be used in public waterways without a federal permit.

  • Bush administration blinks on roadless rule

    Republican attacks on the national forest roadless rule, although supported by a federal judge, still may backfire in a country that shows ever-increasing environmental concern.

  • Plutonium in your potatoes?

    Tests of four wells on the site of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory reveal that minute traces of plutonium have leaked into the Snake River Aquifer.

  • The Latest Bounce

    22,000+ communities at risk for wildfires; Sen. Wayne Allard for alternate energy sources; Craters of the Moon to become Nat'l Preserve; Nature Conservancy starts huge program in Idaho; Quinault Nation wants to undo Chinook Tribe's recognition.

  • Idaho reaches for control of the ESA

    Idaho's new Office of Species Conservation is supposed to oversee endangered species recovery in the state, but some fear the office and its first director, Jim Caswell, will be more concerned about industry's needs than wildlife.

  • Mud-boggers get mud in their eye

    Twenty Sheridan, Wyo., four-wheelers have been fined for destroying national forest land last June during their annual "Spring Run" across the Bighorn National Forest.

  • County tax collectors visit public lands

    The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that counties can now tax ski areas, park concessionaries, and others who use public lands for profit.

  • The year it rained money

    A Forest Service employee talks about the intoxicating influence and "cargo cult" side effects of Forest Service firefighting money on small Western towns like hers.

  • Reform for dumpster-diving bears

    Pitkin County, Colo., now has a new "bear ordinance," which requires that every trash can be "wildlife-proof" to discourage scavenging bears and other wildlife.

  • Fruita draws the line against sprawl

    A small rural town on Colorado's Western Slope, Fruita is fighting to save its agriculture and avoid the sprawling growth of nearby Grand Junction, using innovative planning and the transfer of development rights to keep a three-mile open-space buffer.

  • Kayakers seek water rights

    Golden, Colo., wants to obtain the water rights necessary to keep the rapids on Clear Creek flowing for the city's throngs of kayakers.

  • Debate rages over fish poisoning

    Controversy is raging over the practice of poisoning water -- such as New Mexico's Canones Creek -- in order to kill non-native fish and restore natives such as cutthroat trout.

  • Drought drains the West

    A look at the weather throughout the West shows lower-than-usual snowpacks and a lot of drought, making life hard for farmers and fish, and leading to fears of another fierce wildfire season.

  • County unveils pioneering protection plan

    Tucson's innovative Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan will protect hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin desert while still allowing newcomers to build on less environmentally sensitive land.

  • Shoring up wetlands protection

    The Bush administration says it will stand by Clinton's "Tulloch Rule," which requires a permit for using earthmovers to excavate wetlands.

  • The latest bounce

    Neal McCaleb to head BIA; Bush won't challenge Yellowstone's ban on snowmobiles; Jet Skis may be banned from 21 national parks; Utah joins legal challenge to roadless plan; Telluride condemns land to save it from development.

  • Can Mr. Nice Guy lead the Forest Service?

    Newly appointed Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth is generally liked and respected by agency colleagues, timber advocates and environmentalists, although some greens worry that he may not stand firm in the face of pressure from the Bush administration.

  • Tribes scale salmon harvest

    The Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes have agreed to a new system, under which their annual take of salmon will be based on a sliding scale that adjusts to wild salmon returns.

  • Plan protects foresters, not fish

    Washington state's much-hyped "Forests and Fish" plan is being criticized by scientists, environmentalists, fishermen and tribes as a sell-out to the timber industry likely to hasten the salmon's decline.

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