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  • One good example: The publisher

    A.L. "Butch" Alford of the Lewiston, Idaho, Morning Tribune is a good example of a publisher who truly believes in independent journalism

  • The Big Story Written Small

    The West’s big newspapers fall short when it comes to covering today’s most important issues: the "big story" about the environment, and the impacts on the region of growth and development

  • It’s time for some solidarity

    It’s high time for the environmental movement to join with farmworker activists in their fight for fair treatment and protection from dangerous pesticides

  • Dear Friends

    New interns Pua Mench and Josh Garrett-Davis; Redlodge Clearinghouse; Visitors from afar

  • Conservationists work on cooperation

    In Kalispell, Mont., veteran journalist Ben Long now works to bring local conservationists together to reframe the environmental debate in the Flathead Valley

  • The West’s Biggest Bully

    Radio shock jock John Stokes wants to scare environmentalists away from Montana’s Flathead County, but his bullying tactics have led instead to increased unity among his opponents and quiet conservation progress

  • A peek over the edge

    Plundered Promise: Capitalism, Politics, and the Fate of the Federal Lands by Richard W. Behan is a provocative travel guide to the corporate take-over of the public lands under the Bush administration

  • Feds to Energy Department: Slow down

    Three federal judges, ruling in three environmentalist lawsuits, tell the Department of Energy that it has to be more careful with nuclear waste

  • Gas, the clean energy?

    Americans need to acknowledge all the costs of oil and gas drilling before we blithely flip the light switch or start the car

  • In the rush to get out the gas, wildlife gets short shrift

    Responding to pressure from the oil and gas industry, the Bush administration further relaxes BLM wildlife regulations

  • The Red Desert braces for a gas boom

    The Red Desert and Jack Morrow Hills of Wyoming are at the center of industry’s ambitious plans to extract natural gas and coalbed methane

  • Gas crisis puts Rockies in hot seat

    The nation’s increasing demand for natural gas is going to hit hardest in the Rocky Mountain West

  • War on fire takes a toll on fish

    The group Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics is calling for Forest Service firefighters to be more careful with fire retardants, which are causing fish kills in Western streams

  • Demolish the dam, sayeth the Lord

    Montana’s Clark Fork River Coalition is celebrating the EPA’s call for the removal of Milltown Dam and its toxic reservoir, a decision even conservative Gov. Judy Martz says God’s will

  • As fires rage, governors counsel discretion

    Even as wildfires blaze in Arizona and New Mexico, and President Bush’s forest-thinning plan moves through Congress, Western governors counsel moderation in logging and suggest more research and collaboration

  • Who should pay when houses burn?

    Greg and Mary Tilford, who lost their house in Montana’s Bitterroot fires in 2000, are part of a group of homeowners suing the Forest Service for compensation

  • History is full of big fires

    History and science show that the recent "catastrophic" wildfires in the West are not really a new development

  • Firespeak Catastrophe

    We need to revise or toss out some of our fire vocabulary, especially "wildland-urban interface," "pre-settlement condition" and Smokey’s slogan "only you"

  • A losing battle

    Billions of dollars are being spent to fight Western wildfires, but some scientists now believe that the big blowups can’t be prevented, and that they may be good for the health of the forests

  • Locals fight new railroad

    Ranchers, environmentalists and other locals are fighting plans for the largest railroad construction project in a century, which would cross national grasslands in Wyoming and South Dakota.

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