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Riding the Wyoming 'brand' July 06, 1998

Riding the Wyoming 'brand'

Wyoming's brand of insider politics is keeping the state in thrall to extractive industries and out of step with the rest of the West.

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Western water: Why it's dirty and in short supply June 22, 1998

Western water: Why it's dirty and in short supply

The new report, "Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century," is a remarkably far-sighted federal study that should serve as both a mission statement and a wake-up call about water management in the arid West.

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Don't fence me in June 08, 1998

Don't fence me in

Bison have made a remarkable recovery from near extinction a century ago, but now the animal's growing popularity as livestock raises questions about whether it can remain a "wild" animal.

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Tackling tamarisk May 25, 1998

Tackling tamarisk

The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.

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The working West: grassroots groups and their newsletters May 11, 1998

The working West: grassroots groups and their newsletters

The many newsletters put out by small environmental grassroots groups reveal a West that is complex, quirky and deeply committed.

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The old West is going under April 27, 1998

The old West is going under

An HCN special issue says that the old extractive West is on its deathbed.

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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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