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The West that was, and the West that can be August 18, 1997

The West that was, and the West that can be

A close look at the history of the West reveals that human beings have meddled with and sometimes changed the landscape for as long as they have lived on the continent.

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Vanishing habitat August 04, 1997

Vanishing habitat

Who wins and who loses when Uncle Sam cuts deals with landowners to protect endangered species with Habitat Conservation Plans -- the latest attempt to balance private-property rights with the protection of endangered species?

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While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes July 07, 1997

While the New West booms, Wyoming mines, drills ... and languishes

The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.

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On the trail of mining's corporate nomads June 23, 1997

On the trail of mining's corporate nomads

The copper mining company Summo USA's plans to mine in northern New Mexico and Lisbon Valley, Utah, lead a reporter to follow what happens when local communities resist - and don't resist - a hardrock mining project.

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Chaos comes to Costilla County June 09, 1997

Chaos comes to Costilla County

Costilla County, Colorado's attempts to rein in logging and gain access to the Taylor Ranch their Hispanic forebears used as a commons are frustrated by a wave of mostly Anglo newcomers who want no part of any planning regulations.

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The sacred and profane collide in the West May 26, 1997

The sacred and profane collide in the West

The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places.

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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: The president's new monument forces southern Utah to face its tourism future April 14, 1997

Beauty and the Beast: The president's new monument forces southern Utah to face its tourism future

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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