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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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Radioactive waste from Hanford is seeping toward the Columbia September 01, 1997

Radioactive waste from Hanford is seeping toward the Columbia

Two whistleblowers - safety auditor Casey Ruud and geophysicist John Brodeur - find that radioactive waste from some of the biggest, leaking storage tanks has already reached groundwater and is heading toward the Columbia River.

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The West that was, and the West that can be August 18, 1997

The West that was, and the West that can be

A close look at the history of the West reveals that human beings have meddled with and sometimes changed the landscape for as long as they have lived on the continent.

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Vanishing habitat August 04, 1997

Vanishing habitat

Who wins and who loses when Uncle Sam cuts deals with landowners to protect endangered species with Habitat Conservation Plans -- the latest attempt to balance private-property rights with the protection of endangered species?

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While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes July 07, 1997

While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes

The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.

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On the trail of mining's corporate nomads June 23, 1997

On the trail of mining's corporate nomads

The copper mining company Summo USA's plans to mine in northern New Mexico and Lisbon Valley, Utah, lead a reporter to follow what happens when local communities resist - and don't resist - a hardrock mining project.

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Chaos comes to Costilla County June 09, 1997

Chaos comes to Costilla County

Costilla County, Colorado's attempts to rein in logging and gain access to the Taylor Ranch their Hispanic forebears used as a commons are frustrated by a wave of mostly Anglo newcomers who want no part of any planning regulations.

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The sacred and profane collide in the West May 26, 1997

The sacred and profane collide in the West

The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places.

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Planning under the gun: Cleaning up Lake Tahoe proves to be a dirty business May 12, 1997

Planning under the gun: Cleaning up Lake Tahoe proves to be a dirty business

Is the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency going to clean up beleaguered Lake Tahoe and its surroundings - or simply drive a wedge between the elite and the working class in the community?

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Evangelical Christians preach a green gospel April 28, 1997

Evangelical Christians preach a green gospel

A new breed of green Evangelical Christians seeks to spread the good news of Bible-based environmentalism to their conservative fellow Christians.

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Beauty and the Beast April 14, 1997

Beauty and the Beast

As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.

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