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Audubon's 'ranch' ungrazed, but used December 28, 1992

Audubon's 'ranch' ungrazed, but used

It's hard to find prime grassland where you don't see signs of grazing. This is what makes the National Audubon Society's Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch near Elgin, Ariz., so valuable.

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Wilderness bills: What went wrong ... and is it time for a new approach? December 14, 1992

Wilderness bills: What went wrong ... and is it time for a new approach?

For the second time in four years, a Montana wilderness bill has been defeated in the closing moments of a Congress, and it wasn't alone.

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Pressure builds to change remote park November 30, 1992

Pressure builds to change remote park

Chaco Canyon is a battleground, with tourists, environmentalists, business interests and Navajos jousting over whether to build a paved road to a park now served only by dirt roads.

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The 1992 Election: Nationally a revolution, in the West an evolution November 16, 1992

The 1992 Election: Nationally a revolution, in the West an evolution

The West has come late and gradually to the experience of cultural diversity and aggressive minorities. But the 1992 election tells us that the region is finally experiencing what it means to be part of America in the late 20th century.

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The nuclear age: 1945, the beginning; 1992, the beginning of the end November 02, 1992

The nuclear age: 1945, the beginning; 1992, the beginning of the end

The atomic age began with a big bang. The buildup to the Cold War took place in a few short years. But the struggle over its legacy and lessons for humanity have just begun.

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Water & Power October 19, 1992

Water & Power

Fear of the Supreme Court leads tribes to accept an adverse decision, while a new electric power technology could help the Grand Canyon and salmon.

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Western voters face clear choices October 05, 1992

Western voters face clear choices

A primer on Election 1992 in ten Western states.

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Battle for the Bones September 21, 1992

Battle for the Bones

Today, across the West, scientists, rockhounds and those who collect for profit are battling over the bones of the 100-million-year-old wildlife of the Mesozoic.

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Developer builds in a wilderness September 07, 1992

Developer builds in a wilderness

Pulling his horse up short, U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Steve Posey turns to watch a helicopter fly overhead with another load of concrete and building materials dangling from its belly ...

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Leave it to beaver August 24, 1992

Leave it to beaver

Beavers on a ranch in Idaho have turned a previously gouged creek bottom into a wetland brimming with wildlife and produced a new pasture for the ranch's livestock.

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Arizona's water disaster August 10, 1992

Arizona's water disaster

The $4 billion Central Arizona Project provides water, but few can afford to buy it.

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Special issue: Part 2 of The Electric Revolution July 13, 1992

Special issue: Part 2 of The Electric Revolution

Dams and coal hit the age of limits.

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Tribe wins back stolen water June 15, 1992

Tribe wins back stolen water

A century-long battle for water rights waged by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona ended as Western film rarely do: The Indians won.

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National forest grazing cuts are stalled by politics June 01, 1992

National forest grazing cuts are stalled by politics

Two Idaho and Montana studies by the Forest Service represent the first full-scale efforts by the agency to control damage caused by grazing, but substantial improvements on the range may be a long way off.

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A small town fights a large mine May 18, 1992

A small town fights a large mine

For more than 100 years, the last thing the people of Victor, Colo., would think of doing is to say "no" to gold mining. Now they are saying "whoa."

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The race for Montana's one congressional seat pits polar opposites May 04, 1992

The race for Montana's one congressional seat pits polar opposites

Politicians, environmentalists and business leaders agree, the 1992 congressional campaign in Montana (between Pat Williams, a Democrat, and Ron Marlenee, a Republican) is likely to result in the most important -- and interesting -- election in perhaps a generation.

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The government's investigative agency says, again, cows aren't good for the arid West April 20, 1992

The government's investigative agency says, again, cows aren't good for the arid West

The General Accounting Office (GAO) repeatedly criticizes the BLM for mismanaging livestock on public lands.

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Las Vegas: The boom craps out ... and the city has second thoughts about water April 06, 1992

Las Vegas: The boom craps out ... and the city has second thoughts about water

Until recently, Las Vegas appeared to be thriving on its unique brand of illusion, while the rest of the country wallowed in a deepening recession. Now hard times have come to Glitter Gulch and the Strip, too, once thought immune to economic doldrums.

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Special issue: An alternative to the bumpersticker approach to grazing March 23, 1992

Special issue: An alternative to the bumpersticker approach to grazing

HCN editor Ed Marston says: The dozen or so articles in this issue came out of two visits to the high desert country of southeastern Oregon in summer and fall 1991. I went there convinced that, perhaps over the medium term, public-land ranching was doomed."

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Salmon: Can a new plan save the fish? March 09, 1992

Salmon: Can a new plan save the fish?

The key question in 1992 is whether pro-fish political forces, with the aid of the Endangered Species Act, can change dam operations fast enough, and significantly enough, to save the salmon.

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Sagebrush Rebellion II: Some rural counties seek to influence federal land use February 24, 1992

Sagebrush Rebellion II: Some rural counties seek to influence federal land use

The assumption underlying new county ordinances is that grazing permits are the "intangible" property of the permittee. Federal agencies, meanwhile, insist that grazing permits have always been a privilege, not a right.

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David Love: His warnings about selenium in Wyoming aren't new February 10, 1992

David Love: His warnings about selenium in Wyoming aren't new

... but the trouble is few want to hear that thousands of acres are poisonous to plants, cows and people.

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Nuclear Waste: In 10,000 years, how will we say 'Keep Out'? January 27, 1992

Nuclear Waste: In 10,000 years, how will we say 'Keep Out'?

Apaches split over nuclear waste, the government seeks radiation warnings that will endure the test of time, and more.

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Animal rights group takes aim at hunters December 30, 1991

Animal rights group takes aim at hunters

An animal-rights activist has wounded or killed hunts for black bears in California and Colorado, grizzly bears and buffalo in Montana, and elk in Arizona, and has his sights set on other hunts in the West.

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