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  • New mining regs slip into rulebooks

    Bruce Babbitt strengthens BLM mining regulations, requiring bonds to cover cleanup costs, enforcing air and water standards, and giving the agency discretion to deny mining proposals that threaten habitat or scenic beauty.

  • From hardware to software

    The wilderness movement owes much of its beginning to a man few people remember: a one-time Montana rancher and hardware store owner named Cecil Garland.

  • Ski area arms race dirties the water

    Environmentalists would like to overturn the Forest Service's decision to let Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort start snowmaking.

  • Montana, feds find common ground for bison

    Environmentalists say the new Yellowstone bison management plan put together by Montana and the Park Service won't really help the bison much.

  • A slow comeback for Mexican wolves

    Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves are continuing to die along the Arizona-New Mexico border, and environmentalists blame ranchers for the latest deaths.

  • Swift fox may lose the race

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped the swift fox as a candidate for endangered species listing.

  • Weirdness abounds in Washington

    His choices of Gale Norton for Interior Secretary and John Ashcroft for Attorney General show that George W. Bush has already abandoned bipartisanship.

  • Park Service bans Jet Skis

    Settlement of a recent lawsuit filed by Bluewater Network may eliminate personal watercraft from the entire parks system by 2002.

  • Landowners could get gas relief

    Four bills in the Colorado state Legislature promise to give landowners more rights in the regulation of methane gas development, but some activists remain skeptical.

  • Service leaves endangered species in limbo

    Environmentalists fear that a listing freeze at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - which the agency blames on a much-reduced budget - will lead to a host of endangered species going extinct.

  • Monumental changes

    The Clinton administration announces seven new national monuments, six of them in the West, three days before George W. Bush takes office.

  • The latest bounce

    It's now a crime to kill or harm threatened salmon; enviros say Puget Sound Energy harms salmon nests; tribes sue to protect salmon; new and cleaner snowmobiles tested; BLM uses helicopters to round up cattle on Grand Staircase-Escalante.

  • Roadless plan slides to safety

    At the very last minute, the Clinton administration releases its final version of the national forest roadless plan.

  • Hot Property: A former nuclear bomb factory gets caughtin suburban turf wars

    Rocky Flats, a former nuclear bomb factory, is caught between Denver's rapidly growing suburbs, which covet the open space, and conservationists who want the cleaned-up area to become a national wildlife refuge.

  • Republicans rebuff snowmobile plan

    Republicans are trying to undo the Clinton administration's planned phase-out of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

  • Coalition finds harmony in the backcountry

    In Idaho, the Winter Coalition has brought together snowmobilers and Nordic skiers to zone winter recreation uses in the Sawtooth National Forest.

  • Salmon plan grows a few teeth

    The Clinton administration's final Northwest salmon plan is tougher than earlier versions, but still stops short of dismantling four federal dams on the Snake River.

  • Land trade threatens trails and trees

    Some environmentalists fear that a proposed land exchange involving Oregon's Clatsop State Forest will lead to the logging of an intact forest ecosystem.

  • The latest bounce

    West's population is booming; Summitville's Robert Friedland to pay cleanup penalties; national standards for organic foods set; Molycorp mine in Questa, N.M., must stop dumping in Red River; Babbitt proposes three more national monuments.

  • Coloradan tapped for Interior

    President-elect George W. Bush has nominated former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton to head the Interior Department, and some environmentalists are worried about her ties to industry.

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