One hundred years of heavy metals left from mining in
Idaho's Silver Valley are migrating through Lake Coeur d'Alene and
entering Washington via the Spokane River.
An unusually wet summer in the West has meant a very tame
fire season, which is good news for taxpayers but bad news for the
firefighters - many of them Native Americans - who depend on
firefighting paychecks for a living.
Helen Chenoweth, Barbara Cubin, Jim Hansen and Rick Hill
give Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay a tour of the West;
Bruce Babbitt, Sen. Slade Gorton on Elwha dam removal; convicted
Fife Symington resigns; Jane Dee Hull is Ariz. gov.; Ricky
Wolves have killed at least 30 sheep in six weeks in
Montana's Tobacco Valley, and despite being compensated by
Defenders of Wildlife, some sheep ranchers are furious.
An attempt by the federal government to sell a small
irrigation project, the Collbran Project, to local water
conservancy districts runs into trouble because the public is not
A mapping project is set up in Oregon to identify sites at
risk for landslides, in an attempt to discourage both logging and
home building in dangerous areas.
In Utah, Canyonlands park officials and conservationists
are saying that an area slated for oil drilling, Lockhart Basin,
which is right outside the park boundaries, should be included in
the park and protected.
A small pest control company's product, Rid-a-Bird, is
blamed in the deaths of two protected birds, a hawk and an owl,
after Weyerhaeuser uses it to kill starlings at its Longview,
Wash., paper mill.
Scientists in the Pacific Northwest have launched a study
of the white sturgeon in the Columbia River - North America's
Biologists and conservationists protest BuRec's plan to
drown habitat of the southwestern willow flycatcher by raising the
waters of Arizona's Roosevelt Lake and by leaving other sensitive
habitat areas off the list of designated critical
One of the problems facing the endangered southwestern
willow flycatcher can be found in the bird's nest, where the
opportunistic cowbird sneaks in its own eggs, hatching offspring
that out-compete the flycatcher's nestlings.