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  • 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.

  • A mine falls, and a tribe may get the shaft

    Part of the price of stopping the planned New World Mine near Yellowstone may turn out to be the development of coal reserves along Otter Creek, next to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation

  • A breath of fresh air

    For over 30 years, the Northern Cheyenne have stood firm against energy development and its environmental impacts, but now, faced with crushing poverty, some are starting to think about developing the reservation’s coal and methane resources

  • Open space initiative offers hope

    The Lake County Open Space Initiative has preserved land around Leadville and created trails for cross-country skiing and other recreation, but some local politicians say it’s snatching up too much private land and water.

  • In search of the Glory Days

    Twenty years after its longtime mainstay, the Climax Molybdenum Mine, closed, Leadville, Colo., is still groping for a secure economy and a new identity.

  • Feds bail on snowmobile ban

    The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

  • Election Bounce

    Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo

  • Conservation vote groups optimistic

    Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level

  • Gated communities go in with a bang

    Exclusive gated communities such as Montana's Yellowstone Club impact the land as well as the social fabric.

  • Judges rule gas leases are illegal

    Three judges say the BLM illegally leased coalbed methane rights in Wyoming's Powder River Basin without evaluating impacts - a ruling environmentalists say could affect similar leases across the West.

  • The politics of growth

    Almost every major election in Arizona is up for grabs this year, along with a rash of ballot initiatives, and some observers hope the state can pull out of its headlong rush into uncontrolled growth and development.

  • Around the West, the hot races to watch

    HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.

  • The Latest Bounce

    San Gabriel Watersheds Study Act passes House; Sisters' cattle removed from BLM land; Gold mine resurrected for land sacred to Indians; Utah Rep. Jim Hansen makes deal to sell site to Mormon Church; and Mont. Gov. says miners are "true environmentalists."

  • This land holds a story the church won't tell

    The Mormon Church would like to buy all of Martin's Cove, Wyo., where Mormon pioneers died 146 years ago, but the writer believes the historical site should stay in the hands of the public, so the full story can be told.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Groups appeal White River Plan; Wyoming Game and Fish wants dual classification for gray wolf; judge orders BuRec to release Rio Grande water; Interior Sec. and Assistant Sec. held in contempt; woman's body strapped to hood of vehicle.

  • Backlash

    In Gallatin County, Mont., and Delta County, Colo., local citizens and county governments are fiercely resisting the recent, no-holds-barred push to drill for coalbed methane.

  • Montana's governor is a poor choice to lead theWest

    The Western Governors Association made a serious mistake when it selected as its leader Montana Gov. Judy Martz, R, the least qualified member in terms of experience, personality and results.

  • Dear Friends

    Colorado wildfires threaten homes and forests throughout the state; welcome Paul Gibb, new business manager, wife Greta and twin baby boys; favorable reviews for Radio HCN; visitors; correction.

  • 2,997 ... 2,998 ... 2,999

    Among other tasks, research entomologist Justin Schmidt counts bee stings in dead animals at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz.

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