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Habitat destruction threatens wildlife March 14, 1975

Habitat destruction threatens wildlife

The theme of this year's National Wildlife Week is "We Care About Animal Habitat," and one of the animals that has had the greatest assaults on its habitat is the American peregrine falcon.

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Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks February 28, 1975

Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks

In Idaho Power's brochure, a confident and ever-smiling Reddy Kilowatt perches on an electrostatic precipitator, his three-fingered hand raised toward a drawing of the Jim Bridger power plant's smokestacks -- "99 plus % clean."

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Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?) February 14, 1975

Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?)

A look inside the world of Wyoming lobbyists, who usually don't fit the stereotypes attributed to them.

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State roadblock at Beaver Creek January 31, 1975

State roadblock at Beaver Creek

The state of Colorado has expressed doubt about whether Beaver Creek can be developed into a Vail-like ski resort without compromising environmental imperatives and local human needs.

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Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities January 17, 1975

Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities

Once upon a time there were on the Kingdom of Earth two major principalities -- Ruritania and Metropolitania. They were linked together by the Royal Road of Progress and a secret underground passageway called Deals.

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Western site sought for A-wastes January 03, 1975

Western site sought for A-wastes

Nuclear waste disposal used to be a quiet topic of study. But now that hazardous radioactive leftovers are scheduled to move into Nevada, Idaho, or Washington, the topic is making headlines.

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Jim Bridger builders break promises December 20, 1974

Jim Bridger builders break promises

Pacific Power & Light and Idaho Power, the two utilities that are constructing the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs, Wyoming, have created unexpected impacts related to the plant's siting and emissions.

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Ranching industry on the rocks December 06, 1974

Ranching industry on the rocks

The cattleman now finds himself confronted by an array of problems -- inflation, sluggish markets, water conflicts -- not seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

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Meeteetsee contemplates its future November 22, 1974

Meeteetsee contemplates its future

Meeteetsee, a small cowtown in northwest Wyoming, may change dramatically if AMAX decides to develop an open pit copper mine in the nearby Wood River Valley.

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BLM exposes own grazing abuses November 08, 1974

BLM exposes own grazing abuses

A Bureau of Land Management report has found that severe overgrazing and other aspects of poor range management on public lands in Nevada have led to loss of wildlife habitat, destruction of cultural sites, and erosion.

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The last great carving up of America October 25, 1974

The last great carving up of America

In Vail, Colorado, where rapid and erratic growth has created a $160 million haven of affluence and alpine luxury, the prospects for the deer aren't good.

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Cheyenne fight, again, for land October 11, 1974

Cheyenne fight, again, for land

With nearly half their reservation lands covered with coal exploration permits or leases, the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana has reason to believe that full-scale development could threaten their continued tribal existence.

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Earth energy September 27, 1974

Earth energy

Although geothermal energy is often praised as clean and limitless, first attempts to utilize it have stirred up air and water pollution, radiation, and potential earthquakes -- not to mention legal, financial and governmental tangles.

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So rich a solitude September 13, 1974

So rich a solitude

The conflict over logging on Arizona's Escudilla Mountain is headed to the courts unless the Forest Service, now mired in increasingly poor public relations statewide, reopens the possibility of a settlement.

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Coal conflict on Tongue River August 30, 1974

Coal conflict on Tongue River

The Decker-Birney Resource Study has identified 285,000 acres of superior coal reserves along the Tongue River in southern Montana, stirring up opposition from local ranchers.

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Has the second home peak passed? August 02, 1974

Has the second home peak passed?

Land use planning has entered a new phase of complexity as tight money has slowed the pace of condominium and second home development.

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Coal shifts to West July 19, 1974

Coal shifts to West

A curious thing is happening on the way to energy independence: an east-to-west shift in coal production is actually going to be putting western coal into power plants in West Virginia and Ohio.

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The Great Balancing Act July 05, 1974

The Great Balancing Act

Plans to extract oil shale from northwestern Colorado raise concerns about how to balance energy development with efforts to address social impacts, air pollution, oil shale tailings, and impacts to water and wildlife.

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It's chicken power tomorrow June 21, 1974

It's chicken power tomorrow

Digesting human, animal and vegetable wastes to produce methane is sure to become and important source of energy in the future.

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Energy boom -- plans and payments June 07, 1974

Energy boom -- plans and payments

A look at how Montana and Wyoming towns booming from energy development -- Rock Springs, Gillette, Hanna, Colstrip, Lame Deer -- are responding to pressures on their infrastructure, schools, police, health services, and social fabric.

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Return of the windmill May 24, 1974

Return of the windmill

There is nothing new about tapping the wind to produce energy, but a growing number of scientists are turning their attention to wind power as an alternative to burning fossil fuels.

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Water dictates Western future May 10, 1974

Water dictates Western future

Water -- the lack of it and the need for it -- looms ever larger in the West's developing energy situation. Water is used in huge amounts to generate electricity in coal-fired plants, to gasify coal, to liquify coal, and to develop oil shale.

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To dam a river April 26, 1974

To dam a river

Few environmental challenges seem as stark as the threat to dam a stretch of wild river like Montana's Upper Missouri. But the heyday of big dam building may be nearing an end.

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Judge calls showdown in Montana April 12, 1974

Judge calls showdown in Montana

Montana Gov. Thomas Judge has notified Interior Secretary Rogers Morton that the state will take the lead in regulating coal-fired power plants, rather than waiting for federal environmental impact statements for plants like Colstrip.

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Harnessing limitless energy March 29, 1974

Harnessing limitless energy

As independent, idealistic inventors forge ahead with plans to heat buildings with the sun, traditional institutions and businesses are taking cautious steps in the same direction.

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