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The crisis in energy: impact on Montana January 19, 1973

The crisis in energy: impact on Montana

Nothing in recent years has stirred the people of Montana quite so much as the problems of the energy crisis -- in particular, how the rapid build-up of industry around the state's vast coal fields will change the state's character.

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The crisis in energy: exploiting the West January 05, 1973

The crisis in energy: exploiting the West

The coming energy crunch will cause a frenzied battle over the West's coal, gas and oil in the name of sustaining America's oversized appetite for energy and economic growth.

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A look back December 22, 1972

A look back

The 1970s have been hailed as the Age of the Environment. If so, 1972 could be marked, for the most part, as one of the great steps forward: across the country, a wave of concern for all aspects of the environment has swept all ages and all segments of society.

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Disaster a matter of timing December 08, 1972

Disaster a matter of timing

Magnificent Lake Powell in southern Utah is only a scant few years old, but already two major disasters have overtaken it, and a third hangs ominously over its headwaters.

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The Shame of It! November 24, 1972

The Shame of It!

The dead eagles of Wyoming still wait for justice to be done.

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Oil shale development: A Colorado perspective November 10, 1972

Oil shale development: A Colorado perspective

The first in a multi-article series on what oil shale is an what it portends for the West, exploring the methods of recovery, the extent and location of the resource, the role of the federal government, and more.

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Canyon highway a disaster October 27, 1972

Canyon highway a disaster

A highway proposed for a scenic canyon stretch of Wyoming's Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River could drastically alter the canyon environment.

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A moratorium is still needed October 13, 1972

A moratorium is still needed

In the Forest Service's ranger districts, President Richard Nixon's order to harvest 300 million board feet of timber through thinning and salvage operations could easily be interpreted as an order to increase the cut of timber.

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There goes our air! September 29, 1972

There goes our air!

Earlier this year the Sierra Club won a major victory for air quality based on the Clean Air Act of 1970, but ambiguities in the ruling leave open the possibility of worsening air pollution.

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Decisions made on desert September 15, 1972

Decisions made on desert

The Bureau of Land Management has pleased conservationists by enacting management policies that will protect many of the natural resources of Wyoming's Red Desert, a unique geologic area.

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A plea for wilderness September 01, 1972

A plea for wilderness

The chairman of the Wilderness Committee of the Idaho Environmental Council addresses the Forest Service. "At this time we do not have all, or even a significant part, of the needed information concerning our future wilderness recreational needs, our future timber needs ..."

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Make way for Progress! August 18, 1972

Make way for Progress!

Nebraska Public Power District's proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant is another example of proliferating energy demands upon a land unmarked and unsullied by the march of "progress."

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The Flathead - a wild river in danger August 04, 1972

The Flathead - a wild river in danger

Montana's Middle Fork Flathead River flows through the proposed Great Bear Wilderness, but a Wild and Scenic designation for the river itself may be needed to stave off future dam construction.

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Revolution in land July 21, 1972

Revolution in land

Private property land reforms in Maine may hold lessons for the Nature Conservancy and other groups that approach the West's environmental issues from a principle of private ownership.

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A matter of facts! July 07, 1972

A matter of facts!

When the history of the environmental movement is written, it will be found that a small band of unpaid, unsung volunteers blazed the trail. Imbued with little more than clear vision, bulldog tenacity, and a thick skin, they have taken unpopular stands in the causes loosely termed "the environment."

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Decision time for rugged land June 23, 1972

Decision time for rugged land

From the top of Granite Peak, Montana's highest point, the author surveys the vast rugged country that may soon be designated the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

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Sulfur tax endorsed June 09, 1972

Sulfur tax endorsed

Condemning current environmental regulations as "slow, costly, and tortuous," University of Minnesota economist Walter Heller has advocated a strong tax on sulfur emissions.

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Western coal development moves closer to realization May 26, 1972

Western coal development moves closer to realization

As Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen pushes legislation to construct an aqueduct system that would divert water for industrial use in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, plans for escalating extraction of coal are coming out into public view.

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Storm brews over Utah May 12, 1972

Storm brews over Utah

The Bureau of Reclamation faces off with local opponents over a proposed dam that would inundate China Meadows, a choice spot in Utah's Uinta Mountains.

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National Parks - what future? April 28, 1972

National Parks - what future?

The centennial of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park is a time to assess how the national parks can be made an even more meaningful part of our personal lives, especially because they are today under siege from various quarters.

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Huge new complex proposed April 14, 1972

Huge new complex proposed

Reynolds Metals Co. has announced a proposal to build a uranium enrichment plant near Buffalo, Wyo., that would cost at least $2.2 billion.

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Aquatic deserts on the march March 31, 1972

Aquatic deserts on the march

The portion of the Logan River in Utah's Cache Valley was a brown trout haven -- until the Army Corps of Engineers dredged the stream for flood control, removing much of the vegetation that provided ideal habitat.

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Last chance for wilderness March 17, 1972

Last chance for wilderness

The Wilderness Act set a 1974 deadline for considering all remaining primitive and roadless areas for wilderness designation, and as that deadline approaches, controversy is stirring in the Rocky Mountains about how to treat those wild lands.

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Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free? March 03, 1972

Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free?

It has now been seven months since helicopter pilot James Vogan went before a Senate subcommittee and revealed the illegal deaths of hundreds of eagles on Herman Werners's Wyoming ranch -- what has happened to justice?

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Montana air bartered February 18, 1972

Montana air bartered

Montana Governor Forrest Anderson effectively sabotaged that state's air pollution program by refusing to sign the proposed implementation of federal standards.

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