August 5, 1996
The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.
Endangered California condors will not be restored to northern Arizona on schedule, owing to opposition by local towns such as Kanab, Utah.
The installation of cellular transmitters in Yellowstone National Park means hikers can now use cellular phones on the trails.
In one of the largest class action suits ever filed against the federal government, 300,000 Native Americans are demanding a full statement of their individual Indian Money Accounts from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
An out-of-court settlement with public agencies will give more than $2 million to survivors of an outing in Utah's Kolob Canyon that killed two Explorer Scout leaders.
The Southwest's drought has Navajos discussing overgrazing on the reservation and the need for range reform.
The drought helps spur a religious resurgence for traditional Navajos, as shown by a ceremony on Colorado's Hesperus Peak, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Navajo lore.
The House of Representatives votes to halt funding for Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project.
A coalition of ranchers and Montana tribes leads a 600-mile march to protest a gold mine in Montana's Sweet Grass Hills.
Despite opposition and apathy from the public, "takings" legislation continues to appear in Congress.
The survey "American Views on National Park Issues" shows that parks are very important to citizens.
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
- Ray Ring on Montana farmers start talking climate change
- Wayne L Hare on Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington
- Tom McCall on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought