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  • Conservationist in a Conservative Land

    Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation League is working with Republican Congressman Mike Simpson on a wilderness bill for the Boulder and White Cloud mountains, but not everybody in "Planet Idaho" is happy

  • Udall patriarch laments startling changes

    Stewart Udall talks about his years as Interior secretary, and criticizes the Bush administration’s environmental policy

  • State judges get political

    In Western states where judges are elected, an increasing amount of special-interest group money is being spent on hotly contested state judge campaigns

  • Wamsutter Profiles

    Some of Wamsutter’s citizens are briefly profiled: a Baptist preacher, a couple of real estate entrepreneurs, a café owner, the deputy sheriff, a bar owner, an oil-field worker, the town librarian and a local Democrat

  • When a Boom is a Bust

    Wamsutter, Wyo., is a boomtown these days, but the town is struggling to be a real community, instead of just a barracks for the natural gas industry

  • Supreme Court reins in citizens' right to sue

    A recent Supreme Court ruling in a Utah wilderness lawsuit will limit the ability of citizens to sue the government over how its agencies manage natural resources

  • Property-rights lawyers score one against wild salmon

    NOAA Fisheries is drafting new regulations that will allow hatchery-raised fish to be counted along with wild salmon and steelhead, a move that property-rights lawyers hope will take the species off the endangered list

  • The Faces Behind the Lawsuits

    Environmentalist lawyers Johanna Wald, Joe Feller, Laird Lucas, Letty Belin, Mike Axline, Jay Tutchton, Roger Flynn and Tom France are briefly profiled

  • Shooting Spree

    The West’s environmentalist lawyers are manning the legal barricades, as the Bush administration stealthily attacks the nation’s bedrock environmental laws

  • Judges tie themselves in knots when it comes to the West

    The writer outlines the ideological underpinnings of judicial flip flips on key Western issues

  • Should the Forest Service be blamed for a snowmobile wreck

    Judge Don Molloy finds the Forest Service partly liable in the 1996 Montana snowmobile wreck that injured Brian Musselman, and some snowmobilers are worried about the ruling’s impacts on their sport

  • Ranching's worst enemy? It's not greens

    Western ranchers rejoice when a federal court jury finds that the nation’s largest meatpacker, Tyson/IBP, has illegally squeezed $1.28 billion from independent cattle producers

  • The New West collides with open-range laws

    As the West grows and develops, more people find themselves drawn into the conflict over open-range laws

  • Tipping the scales

    A right-wing coup is under way in the nation’s courts, which George W. Bush is stacking with anti-environmental judges, and the impacts on Western conservation issues are not going to be pretty

  • Jurisdiction shopping made simple

    The environmental records of federal judges are briefly examined, including Dee Benson, Don Molloy, Alan Angus McDonald, B. Lynn Winmill, Michael Hogan, Edward Lodge, Clarence Brimmer, James Parker and Sam Haddon

  • Wildlife win one in Yellowstone

    The National Wildlife Federation negotiates two important land deals with ranchers in the Yellowstone area, ending grazing on Horse Butte and protecting local bison

  • Fire policy in the form of Smokey and the Bandit

    Ray Ring says California and wildfire are like co-stars in a bad Hollywood movie

  • Freaky Fridays with the Bush administration

    Critics say it’s not a coincidence that the Bush administration announces bad environmental news – like the recent rollback of mine-tailings limits – late on Friday afternoons, when media coverage is sparse

  • One good example: The reporter

    Karen Dorn Steele of the Spokane Spokesman-Review showed how a reporter at a regional paper can have a national impact, when she uncovered the extent of radioactive contamination at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

  • Excellence

    The Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources presented the first Wallace Stegner Awards in September to nine Western newspapers for excellence

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