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Did Idaho libel the feds? October 02, 1995

Did Idaho libel the feds?

A newly released tape of the encounter of three federal agents with Idaho rancher Eugene Hussey over the killing of a wolf proves that the "feds" were not aggressors.

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The West's fisheries spin out of control September 18, 1995

The West's fisheries spin out of control

The story of whirling disease in Western trout is a story of human "improvement on nature" gone wrong.

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I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook September 04, 1995

I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook

The increase in numbers of tourists drawn to the canyon country by guidebooks and magazines raises questions about exploiting and overusing a fragile landscape.

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HCN's founder fights his last fight, yet again August 21, 1995

HCN's founder fights his last fight, yet again

As HCN turns 25 years of age, HCN founder Tom Bell fights the proposed Altamont gas pipeline, which he says would harm the historic Oregon Trail at South Pass.

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Fighting fires, and indignities August 07, 1995

Fighting fires, and indignities

World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.

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Making a mountain into a starbase July 24, 1995

Making a mountain into a starbase

The University of Arizona's determination to build a world-class observatory on Mount Graham creates a storm of controversy involving an endangered red squirrel and an Indian tribe's desire to protect the mountain as a sacred place.

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Colorado's prison slayer June 26, 1995

Colorado's prison slayer

Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.

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The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on? June 12, 1995

The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on?

Arizona's San Pedro River - the Southwest's last natural low-desert river - still faces a number of threats to its survival.

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Politics 101 May 29, 1995

Politics 101

A reporter travels through Washington state's 5th congressional district to try to understand the November election defeat of Democratic Speaker of the House Tom Foley after 30 years in office.

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Dog and pony show about salmon and owls May 15, 1995

Dog and pony show about salmon and owls

Public hearings on the rewriting of the Endangered Species Act stir up controversy among environmentalists and their opponents.

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Land grants under the microscope May 01, 1995

Land grants under the microscope

The land-grant university system has been challenged and is slowly beginning to change.

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The New West's servant economy April 17, 1995

The New West's servant economy

Ski resorts begin to resemble the Third World as Africans and others come to take low-paying service jobs, but have trouble finding housing.

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The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new identity April 03, 1995

The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new identity

The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.

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The fight for Reclamation March 20, 1995

The fight for Reclamation

New Commissioner of Reclamation Dan Beard seeks to make his agency more environmentally sensitive.

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The fires next time March 06, 1995

The fires next time

It's not a fluke, it's not just the drought, and it's not careless smokers. Decades of all-out logging and all-out fire suppression torched Yellowstone in 1988, ignited the fatal Colorado fire last summer, and set the stage for the thousands of fires in between.

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No more ignoring the obvious: Idaho sucks itself dry February 20, 1995

No more ignoring the obvious: Idaho sucks itself dry

Overpumping has drained Idaho's Snake River aquifer until rivers like the Big Lost run dry.

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The wolves are back, big time February 06, 1995

The wolves are back, big time

The first wolves return to Yellowstone amid much fanfare and mixed reactions.

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What a long strange trip it's been January 23, 1995

What a long strange trip it's been

Denver International Airport may become a giant boondoggle.

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Albuquerque learns it really is a desert town December 26, 1994

Albuquerque learns it really is a desert town

Uncontrolled growth and the relocation of Intel Corporation to Albuquerque force the city to re-elvaluate its water policy.

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Shrink to fit December 12, 1994

Shrink to fit

The National Park Service may be downsized and reorganized.

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Beauty eludes the beast November 28, 1994

Beauty eludes the beast

An unusual consensus may stave off industrial tourism in Washington's Methow Valley.

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Land grant universities November 14, 1994

Land grant universities

The most important institutions in the West enter a critical period.

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Water for the taking October 31, 1994

Water for the taking

As some irrigators get loose with the law, Oregon's Umatilla River is being depleted.

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As elections near, green hopes wilt October 17, 1994

As elections near, green hopes wilt

Environmentalists face upcoming elections with some anxiety.

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Subdividing the desert: Should there be a vote? October 03, 1994

Subdividing the desert: Should there be a vote?

Tucson activists fight development of the desert's ironwood forest.

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