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  • Will Montanans reject their bagman?

    Even Montanans critical of Sen. Conrad Burns admit he’s a genius at bringing home the pork – a fact that may make it harder for his Democratic challenger, Jon Tester, in the November election.

  • Fractures on the right

    National pundits say the nation’s political parties are moving toward the extremes, but in the West, Republicans – unhappy with some far-right politicians – seem to be heading back to the middle.

  • 'I call (regulations) land stealing ...'

    Dorothy English weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • Taking Liberties

    The Western states are home to a stealth campaign by libertarians who – under the guise of reforming eminent domain – are out to destroy all land-use planning through "takings" ballot initiatives

  • Stealth campaigns threaten our democracy

    The writer says stealth libertarian campaigns seek to hamstring government

  • 'I hope other states don't do this ...'

    Renee Ross weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • 'Great recreation value ... and great economic value...'

    Jim Miller weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • Takings campaigns around the West

    A detailed graph sums up the status of the current "takings’ initiative campaigns in six Western states

  • 'I kick myself for being so naive...'

    Ted Schroeder weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • 'It's clear out of control ...'

    Bill Roses weigh in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • Magic Valley Uprising

    An unusual grassroots coalition of citizen activists stops a coal-fired merchant power plant from being built in Idaho’s Magic Valley

  • The push is on for 'clean coal'

    Led by California, Western states are encouraging the energy industry to move toward cleaner coal technology

  • Meet Idaho's Revolutionaries

    In their own words, some of the Magic Valley citizens who fought the Sempra coal plant describe the uprising and how they got involved in it

  • Stargazer aims his scopes at gas industry

    Astronomer Perry Walker uses his stargazing tools and skills to work with the oil and gas industry to prevent air pollution in Wyoming

  • President Bush nailed it: Our real addiction is to oil

    The writer figures that the oil and gas industry wants marijuana to be legal

  • Snowy middle ground

    Wilderness advocates and snowmobile enthusiasts are working together in Montana to find enough room in the landscape to accommodate both their passions

  • Hunters could free Yellowstone bison

    The writer decries the state-sponsored slaughter of Yellowstone’s bison and calls on hunters to get political

  • Urban planning — with a wild touch

    Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers and Citizens and Nature-Friendly Communties are two new handbooks on innovative land-use planning and habitat protection

  • Tiny stream invaders may harm Western trout

    The tiny New Zealand mud snails that are rapidly invading the West’s waters may pose a threat to the region’s trout

  • Time for a little outrage

    It’s time for hunters to rally on behalf of wild lands and wild animals – beginning with the bison in Yellowstone

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