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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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Big Sky, big mess in Montana March 31, 1997

Big Sky, big mess in Montana

A Montana ski resort originally created by newsman Chet Huntley and intended to be a model of free-market, unconstrained development, is today a morass of lawsuits, environmental degradation and inefficiency.

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Working the Watershed March 17, 1997

Working the Watershed

An unusual group founded by environmentalists and logging companies, the Willapa Alliance seeks to bring economic and ecological healing to Washington's Willapa Bay.

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Hunters close ranks, and minds March 03, 1997

Hunters close ranks, and minds

The notorious self-censorship the hunting press showed when "Outdoor Life" pulled biologist Tom Beck's article critical of bear baiting leads to speculations by an outdoor writer on why hunters are so thin-skinned about criticism.

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No home on the range February 17, 1997

No home on the range

The deliberate slaughter of bison straying from Yellowstone National Park - killed because the brucellosis they may carry might endanger livestock - provokes a storm of protest, and calls into question the concept of wildlife management in the park.

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Bringing back the bighorn February 03, 1997

Bringing back the bighorn

The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep has fought its way back from near extinction, but efforts to reintroduce it to all its former range are more difficult than they appear.

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Bees under siege January 20, 1997

Bees under siege

Honeybees across the West - and the nation - are dying in huge numbers, and some think a pesticide, methyl parathion, may be the primary killer.

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El Nuevo West December 23, 1996

El Nuevo West

Spanish-speaking, often underestimated immigrant workers keep the West's ski resorts running in the face of INS raids, discrimination and other trials.

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Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West December 09, 1996

Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West

Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.

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Pollution in paradise November 25, 1996

Pollution in paradise

Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley and Lake Coeur d'Alene build a new resort economy on a toxic stew of mining waste.

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Cease-fire called on the Animas-La Plata front November 11, 1996

Cease-fire called on the Animas-La Plata front

Colorado's Animas-La Plata project - the last of the big BuRec projects, and the most mired in controversy - is tackled by opponents and proponents who seek consensus.

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Has big money doomed direct democracy? October 28, 1996

Has big money doomed direct democracy?

The use of initiatives and referenda - direct democracy - to change the law for environmental reasons faces a challenge when big money enters the picture.

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Greens prune their message to win the West's voters October 14, 1996

Greens prune their message to win the West's voters

Environmentalists join with political consultants to try to find a way to woo fickle Western voters.

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Can this man break the right's grip on Idaho? September 30, 1996

Can this man break the right's grip on Idaho?

In Idaho, Democrat Walt Minnick, a multimillionaire, former timber executive and environmentalist, mounts a quixotic campaign against Republican Sen. Larry Craig for Senate seat.

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The filthy West: Toxics pour into our air, water, land September 16, 1996

The filthy West: Toxics pour into our air, water, land

The EPA's Toxic Releases Inventory report documents the annual industrial pollution of land, air and water in the U.S., with six of the top 10 polluters located in the West.

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Last line of defense: Civil disobedience and protest slow down 'lawless logging' September 02, 1996

Last line of defense: Civil disobedience and protest slow down 'lawless logging'

The controversial salvage logging rider, signed by President Clinton a year ago, has been harassed throughout its short life by loud and growing protest - including civil disobedience.

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Western voices August 19, 1996

Western voices

A collection of essays explores the quirky, the mundane and the surreal of our unique West, from coffee-hauling llamas to Navajo tacos and more.

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Disappearing railroad blues August 05, 1996

Disappearing railroad blues

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.

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Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river July 22, 1996

Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river

The first-ever manmade flood of the Colorado River through Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam is intended to help repair the river in Grand Canyon - and perhaps to signal the end of the "technocratic utopia" dream.

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Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt June 24, 1996

Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt

Catron County, N.M., the home of the county independence movement, is a study of contrasts - its people heavily dependent on the federal government and its land and rivers dying.

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Outdoor Education June 10, 1996

Outdoor Education

A special issue celebrates the thousands of educators who are working to teach people about the West. But it also raises some questions: Who are they reaching and where should the lessons be learned?

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Utah ushers its frogs toward oblivion May 27, 1996

Utah ushers its frogs toward oblivion

Utah, which once boasted exceptionally rich populations of reptiles and amphibians, now does nothing to stop their rapid disappearance.

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Howdy, neighbor! May 13, 1996

Howdy, neighbor!

As a last resort, Westerners start talking to each other, in consensus-building groups that seek to find common ground in the land.

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