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  • Our best idea

    Our best idea

    A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

  • Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Three recent Obama nominations have drawn flak from environmentalists.

  • The new Third World

    The new Third World

    While some Americans fight over healthcare reform, others line up at dawn to receive free care at a temporary clinic in Los Angeles.

  • Affirmative actions

    Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.

  • The same old Sen. Reid?

    The same old Sen. Reid?

    Year after year, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has stood squarely in the path of every attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law. Plus: The Energy Department wants to dump tons of deadly mercury, most likely in the West.

  • Mixed greens

    California's "green" leadership is imperiled by the state's inability to handle the other "green" -- i.e., money. Plus: Statistics describe and a map locates some of the geologic carbon sequestration sites planned for the West.

  • Green gearheads? Rev it up!

    Green gearheads? Rev it up!

    The Wilderness Society should sponsor off-road driving teams to reach out to that culture.

  • Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona

    Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona

    The Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust are working with a French timber entrepreneur to restore Arizona's unhealthy forests.

  • Taking control of the machine

    Taking control of the machine

    Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.

  • It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage

    It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage

    Too many young people are dying from accidents caused by riding unsafe and unregulated off-road vehicles.

  • Sci-fi conservation

    Sci-fi conservation

    Enviros create force-fields around national parks. Also: Recovery Act funds are coming to BLM lands in the Western states.

  • Democrats and Republicans can work together

    Democrats and Republicans can work together

    Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.

  • The West dissected

    The West dissected

    The Environmental Working Group and other organizations have released detailed studies of the West along the lines of Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Report Card. Also: The economic stimulus package has money for Western national parks and monuments.

  • A conflict of values

    A conflict of values

    Michael J. Yochim writes the primer on the Yellowstone snowmobile conflict in his admirably balanced Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park Use.

  • Champions go both ways

    Champions go both ways

    The Obama administration appoints environmentalists to some important positions in the Interior Department and other agencies. Also: The West faces a growing shortage of food-supply animal veterinarians.

  • A ghost of the 1970s

    A ghost of the 1970s

    Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. Also: A map highlights some of the newly protected lands in the West.

  • Changeable weather

    Changeable weather

    Western environmentalists get good news about Yucca Mountain, but face challenges from state legislatures. Also: Americans finally reduce their driving miles.

  • Calling Hollywood to run the West

    Calling Hollywood to run the West

    Now that Val Kilmer is considering a campaign for New Mexico's governorship, why not have actors run all the Western states?

  • History viewed through gunsights

    History viewed through gunsights

    Hal Herring traces the history of the American West through its guns and the people who used them in Famous Firearms of the Old West.

  • INNOVATE, Part III

    INNOVATE, Part III

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.

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