April 1, 2002
In West Yellowstone, Mont., where snowmobile tourism is a mainstay of the economy, locals are split between fierce supporters of the industry and those who favor a little more quiet and a measure of control.
The sustainable-business movement, which holds that environmentalism and business can be a winning combination, is not as easy on the ground as it may seem.
A serious drought in the Colorado River watershed has California and Arizona wondering where the water will come from.
Nuclear power plant may be built in Idaho; Bruce Babbitt to head international division of Cadiz Inc.; Bonneville Power Administration says salmon will get water this summer; Hanford Nuclear Reservation; CO Rep. Scott McInnis wants single "fire czar."
In many Western communities, forest workers are quietly converting their skills from industrial logging to forest restoration.
Environmentalists are fighting to stop energy development in Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Road closures to protect endangered Sonoran pronghorn in Ariz.'s Cabeza Prieta Nat'l Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument will keep the public out, but may not stem the tide of drug smugglers, illegal immigrants and Border Patrol agents.
Rock climbers are fuming at the Forest Service's decision to all but outlaw climbing at caves near Bend, Ore., that are sacred to local tribes and also home to dwindling numbers of bats.
In New Mexico, Albuquerque's new mayor, Martin Chavez, has renewed support for building a controversial road through Petroglyph National Monument.
On the coast of Oregon, federal agencies have decided to start poisoning and killing the predators that steal the eggs of endangered snowy plovers.
A new film, "Tree-Sit: The Art of Resistance," documents years of protests against clear-cut logging in Northern California's Headwaters Forest.
"Northern Lights," series of eight articles by Michael Jamison in Montana's Missoulian, profiles Native American women who have begun to speak up, take charge and bring change to reservations.
"Solving Sprawl," a new book by the Natural Resources Defense Council, offers guidance on how to counter poorly planned patterns of growth.
The Environmental Protection Agency is developing the first emission standards for off-road motors, including snowmobiles.