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Perilous Passages December 26, 2011

Perilous Passages

Along the 120-mile-long "Path of the Pronghorn," migrating animals cross rivers, dodge traffic, battle blizzards and navigate the infrastructure of Wyoming energy development.

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Out on a limb December 12, 2011

Out on a limb

As whitebark pines in the Northern Rockies succumb to pine beetles and blister rust, hardworking climbers defy gravity to collect pine cones from canopies to supply efforts to breed more resilient and resistant trees.

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Growing a Revolution November 28, 2011

Growing a Revolution

Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley, helping aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.

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Possessing the Wild November 14, 2011

Possessing the Wild

Captive wolves and wolf-dog hybrids are kept all over the West for various purposes, often in poorly regulated facilities.

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Omens from a Vanished Sea October 31, 2011

Omens from a Vanished Sea

In Utah, scientists are exploring the site of a long-vanished inland sea called Lake Bonneville to understand the West's past - and future - climate.

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A Burning  Problem October 17, 2011

A Burning Problem

Why good policy and good intentions won’t stop big, destructive fires.

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Redemption September 19, 2011


Reclamation, removal, and recovery

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For the love of hummers September 05, 2011

For the love of hummers

The dedicated volunteers of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network serve as citizen scientists, gathering field data on the birds they love.

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Looking for Balance in Navajoland August 22, 2011

Looking for Balance in Navajoland

The West’s largest tribe works to reform its government.

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Ganjanomics August 08, 2011


The marijuana growers of California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" wrestle with bringing their shadow economy into the light of day.

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The Global West July 25, 2011

The Global West

China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.

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Hydrofracked? June 27, 2011


A Wyoming farmer battles industry and bureaucracy trying to find out whether hydraulic fracturing - used in natural gas drilling - polluted his drinking water.

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Under the Flight Path June 13, 2011

Under the Flight Path

An air-tour businessman and Italian developers become deeply enmeshed in the politics of tiny Tusayan, Ariz., part of a plan to profit from the nearby Grand Canyon.

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Wolf Whiplash May 30, 2011

Wolf Whiplash

A strategic miscalculation by environmental groups helped spur the delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho.

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Ripple Effects May 16, 2011

Ripple Effects

On Fort Berthold: Three tribes, a dam, and a diabetes epidemic. | On the Klamath: A settlment to restore rivers and tribes.

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The Westerner in D.C May 02, 2011

The Westerner in D.C

Debbie Sease has spent three decades on Capitol Hill, fighting for the West.

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Muddy Waters April 18, 2011

Muddy Waters

A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.

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Big Beef March 21, 2011

Big Beef

Ranchers battle gigantic meatpackers to get a fair price for cattle in a changing economy.

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High Tension March 07, 2011

High Tension

Republicans, Tea Partiers and environmentalists unite against power transmission lines planned for Montana.

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Palin, politics, and predator control February 21, 2011

Palin, politics, and predator control

Alaska's politicians and scientists wrestle over how to manage big game and the predators that prey on it.

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Obama and the West February 07, 2011

Obama and the West

Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.

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Serendipity in the Desert January 24, 2011

Serendipity in the Desert

Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.

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California Dreamin' December 20, 2010

California Dreamin'

Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?

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Toxic Past, Toxic Present December 06, 2010

Toxic Past, Toxic Present

Long-banned pesticides linger in the soils of neighborhoods built on former agricultural land in central Washington.

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Hardrock Showdown November 22, 2010

Hardrock Showdown

In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

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