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We are shaped by the sound of wind, the slant of sunlight September 14, 1998

We are shaped by the sound of wind, the slant of sunlight

In the leading article of this essay issue, a writer says that nature writing is about much more than nature - it is about community, morality, character and hope as well.

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Excavating Ecotopia August 31, 1998

Excavating Ecotopia

Washington's Okanogan County is divided between those who support Battle Mountain Gold's planned Buckhorn Mtn. mine for its economic promise, and local and Native American activists fighting what they see as impending ecological disaster.

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Living out the trailer dream August 17, 1998

Living out the trailer dream

One in six Westerners now lives in a trailer, but this traditionally affordable housing can become an expensive trap, as tougher zoning pushes trailers into crowded parks with ever-increasing rents and regulations.

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Tribes reclaim stolen lands August 03, 1998

Tribes reclaim stolen lands

Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.

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Riding the Wyoming 'brand' July 06, 1998

Riding the Wyoming 'brand'

Wyoming's brand of insider politics is keeping the state in thrall to extractive industries and out of step with the rest of the West.

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Western water: Why it's dirty and in short supply June 22, 1998

Western water: Why it's dirty and in short supply

The new report, "Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century," is a remarkably far-sighted federal study that should serve as both a mission statement and a wake-up call about water management in the arid West.

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Don't fence me in June 08, 1998

Don't fence me in

Bison have made a remarkable recovery from near extinction a century ago, but now the animal's growing popularity as livestock raises questions about whether it can remain a "wild" animal.

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Tackling tamarisk May 25, 1998

Tackling tamarisk

The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.

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The working West: grassroots groups and their newsletters May 11, 1998

The working West: grassroots groups and their newsletters

The many newsletters put out by small environmental grassroots groups reveal a West that is complex, quirky and deeply committed.

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The old West is going under April 27, 1998

The old West is going under

An HCN special issue says that the old extractive West is on its deathbed.

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Oil clashes with elk in the Book Cliffs April 13, 1998

Oil clashes with elk in the Book Cliffs

Utah's remote and little known Book Cliffs area seemed ripe for preservation under an innovative, locally grown initiative - until oilman Oscar Wyatt stepped in to challenge it.

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A bare-knuckled trio goes after the Forest Service March 30, 1998

A bare-knuckled trio goes after the Forest Service

The founders of the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity - Robin Silver, Kieran Suckling and Peter Galvin - are uncompromising and obsessive in their goal of preserving endangered species.

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Olympic onslaught: Salt Lake City braces for the winter games March 16, 1998

Olympic onslaught: Salt Lake City braces for the winter games

An introduction to the issue points out that Salt Lake City's intense and seemingly uncontrolled growth actually stems from deliberately planning - both to develop the city and to prepare for the Olympics.

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Wild horses: Do they belong in the West? March 02, 1998

Wild horses: Do they belong in the West?

The management of wild horses on Montana's Pryor Mountain's Wild Horse Range is caught between the love Americans have for the animal and the concern some environmentalists have for the impact it has on the land.

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Private rights vs. public lands February 16, 1998

Private rights vs. public lands

A ranching family's desire to develop a road to an inholding in Arizona's Arrastra Mounain Wilderness is a microcosm of the huge and unwieldy problem of inholdings on public lands throughout the West.

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Looking at dams in a new way February 02, 1998

Looking at dams in a new way

An unusual new book put out by the U.S. Geological Survey, "Dams and Rivers: A Primer on the Downstream Effects of Dams," is reviewed by Tom Knudson.

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After the gold rush January 19, 1998

After the gold rush

The reclamation of Montana's hardrock mines will cost billions, and is complicated by the fact that no one really knows how to do it, or who should foot the bill.

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Gold Rush: Mining seeks to tighten its grip on the 'last, best place' December 22, 1997

Gold Rush: Mining seeks to tighten its grip on the 'last, best place'

Special issue on hardrock mining: Montana has long had a love-hate relationship with hardrock mining, and the prospect of new massive gold mines is bringing all the problems to a boil.

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Mono Lake: Victory over Los Angeles turns into local controversy December 08, 1997

Mono Lake: Victory over Los Angeles turns into local controversy

California's Mono Lake has been saved from Los Angeles' thirst, but a new local battle is brewing over the water in the lake's streams, and the question of how far to take restoration of the area.

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Restoring a refuge: Cows depart, but can antelope recover? November 24, 1997

Restoring a refuge: Cows depart, but can antelope recover?

Oregon's Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge seems to be recovering now that cattle have been banned from it - but despite the lush grasses, the antelope are still in decline.

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Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West November 10, 1997

Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West

The proposal to drain Lake Powell is exhilarating because of the debate it will inspire: A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, while those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.

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Deconstructing the age of dams October 27, 1997

Deconstructing the age of dams

California rice farmers decide to destroy salmon-blocking dams in their Sacramento Valley irrigation district.

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The land is still public, but it's no longer free October 13, 1997

The land is still public, but it's no longer free

The federal government's new Recreational Fee Demonstration Program - which requires recreationists to "pay to play" in national parks, forests, BLM and Fish and Wildlife areas nationwide - receives both condemnation and kudos in its early trials.

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The timber wars evolve into a divisive attempt at peace September 29, 1997

The timber wars evolve into a divisive attempt at peace

The Quincy Library Group's controversial forest plan comes out of a long struggle for consensus, and many environmentalists worry that the plan and its passage into law will set a dangerous precedent.

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Yellowstone at 125: The park as a sovereign state September 15, 1997

Yellowstone at 125: The park as a sovereign state

As Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 125th birthday, it continues to struggle with the surrounding states over wildlife management and other questions, including whether "natural regulation" is letting the park's elk herds overgraze their ranges.

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