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The rise and fall of a desert stream September 10, 2001

The rise and fall of a desert stream

In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

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Restoring the range of light August 27, 2001

Restoring the range of light

In California, the Forest Service issues a revolutionary management plan for the Sierra Nevada's forests, putting the health of trees and wildlife before that of the timber industry.

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No refuge in the Klamath Basin August 13, 2001

No refuge in the Klamath Basin

In the Klamath River Basin on the Oregon-California border, farmers, Indians, wildlife refuges and now three endangered fish are fighting over scant water in a dry year, and some say the Endangered Species Act only makes the situation worse.

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Not in our back yard July 30, 2001

Not in our back yard

Greg Woodall and his sister, Carla, are focusing on Arizona's state school trust land in their quest to save the desert landscape around Scottsdale, Ariz., through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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Can Nevada bury Yucca Mountain? July 02, 2001

Can Nevada bury Yucca Mountain?

The unexpected power shift in the U.S. Senate raises environmentalists' hopes that the high-level nuclear waste dump proposed for Yucca Mountain in Nevada, which once seemed unstoppable, may not be a "done deal" after all.

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Transforming powers June 18, 2001

Transforming powers

The Bonneville Power Administration has long provided the Northwest -- especially its aluminum industry -- with some of the cheapest public power, but drought, endangered salmon and the deregulated electricity market may just change all that.

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Tribal links June 04, 2001

Tribal links

In New Mexico, some Indian reservations are jumping on a surprising new economic bandwagon, making use of their land and water rights to build golf courses and resorts to attract golf-playing tourists.

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Quenching the big thirst May 21, 2001

Quenching the big thirst

Under the "4.4 Plan," California will begin a water diet, designed to reduce the state's use of Colorado River water over the next 15 years to the 4.4 million acre-feet it has long been allocated, but always exceeded.

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Back into the woods May 07, 2001

Back into the woods

In the wake of last summer's devastating Western wildfires, the Forest Service is trying to figure out how to restore the unhealthy, doghair, fire-prone forests created by a century of fire suppression and indiscriminate logging.

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The Big Blowup April 23, 2001

The Big Blowup

A historian of fire recalls the "Big Blowup" of 1910, an explosion of wildfire in Idaho that took 78 lives, made a hero of ranger Ed Pulaski, and helped to share a century of fire policy on the national forests.

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The water empress of Vegas April 09, 2001

The water empress of Vegas

Patricia Mulroy, general manager of Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada, Water Authority, has kept water coming to her booming desert city, but environmental concerns and water-quality problems are signs that her water empire can't last forever.

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Teach the children well March 26, 2001

Teach the children well

In the West's public schools, corporations and conservationists quietly compete to control what students will learn in the largely unregulated field of environmental education.

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Divided Waters March 12, 2001

Divided Waters

El Paso, Texas, is dependent on the underground waters of the Hueco Bolson, but as the population grows and the bolson declines, both the city and its sister across the border, Ciudad Juarez, are turning to the already overtaxed Rio Grande.

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Return of the natives February 26, 2001

Return of the natives

In Idaho, the Nez Perce have become the first tribe to oversee the statewide recovery of an endangered species, the gray wolf, an experience that is energizing the tribe's own political and spiritual recovery.

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Mr. Babbitt's wild ride February 12, 2001

Mr. Babbitt's wild ride

In eight years as Interior Secretary, Bruce Babbitt has known some failures but more successes: reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, halting the New World gold mine, and creating many national monuments, starting with the Grand Staircase-Escalante.

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Power on the loose January 29, 2001

Power on the loose

Electric utility deregulation and California's energy crisis hold promise and peril for the rest of the West, as conservationists seek to ensure that new energy systems are both efficient and easy on the land and water and air.

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Plains sense January 15, 2001

Plains sense

Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first proposed turning depopulated Great Plains counties into a 'Buffalo Commons,' their once-controversial ideas are getting more respect in the region as the population continues to decline.

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Still here: Can humans help other species defy extinction? December 18, 2000

Still here: Can humans help other species defy extinction?

A writer considers the philosophical questions that underlie endangered species protection, and how it is that one predator - the human kind - now finds itself assisting other predators, and also trying to help their prey.

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Road Block December 04, 2000

Road Block

When residents of the village of Tome, N.M., challenged plans for a nearby four-lane highway and bridge to facilitate the commute from Albuquerque to the suburbs, they took on New Mexico's huge "sprawl machine" - and won.

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Water pressure November 20, 2000

Water pressure

At the 10-year anniversary of William Reilly's veto of Colorado's proposed Two Forks dam, the continuing growth of Denver's sprawling suburbs leads some to worry that the dam might well be brought back to life.

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'Re-inhabitation' revisited November 06, 2000

'Re-inhabitation' revisited

The environmental and community challenges brought to Washington's Olympic Peninsula by runaway sprawl and development have some 're-inhabiting locals' almost nostalgic for the clear-cut timber companies of 30 years ago.

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Stalking Slade October 23, 2000

Stalking Slade

An unprecedented, informal coalition of angry Indian tribes, environmentalists and Democrats are going after Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton's seat in November, and Gorton's opponent - Democrat Maria Cantwell - may have a chance for victory.

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The hunters and the hunted: The Arizona-Mexico border turns into the 21st century frontier October 09, 2000

The hunters and the hunted: The Arizona-Mexico border turns into the 21st century frontier

As illegal immigration from Mexico increases, more people risk their lives crossing the desert into Arizona, while government agencies, anti-immigration vigilantes and human rights activists argue over how to handle the influx.

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Backyard boom September 25, 2000

Backyard boom

Clean, 'green' gas burns its neighbors as methane wells dominate the land.

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Holy water September 11, 2000

Holy water

A pastoral letter being prepared by the Catholic bishops of the Northwest calls Catholics and others to a new environmental, economic and spiritual relationship with a sacred river - the Columbia.

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