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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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Are the bison coming? December 16, 1991

Are the bison coming?

Frank and Deborah Popper see themselves as carrying a timely, well-meant warning to the Great Plains. But most Great Plains residents see the two New Jersey academics as alarmists, and their Buffalo Commons idea as malicious.

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The public gets a chance to revamp dams built 50 years ago December 02, 1991

The public gets a chance to revamp dams built 50 years ago

Native Americans are in the best position to alter the way dams are operated as developers ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to renew licenses for 170 of the nation's oldest hydropower projects.

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A passive town in Utah awaits its fate November 18, 1991

A passive town in Utah awaits its fate

Overwhelmed by the current wave of tourism, federal administrators of the public land surrounding Moab say they are unprepared to handle the environmental impacts of off-trail biking, four-wheeling and unregulated camping.

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Mining law is no longer a sacred cow November 04, 1991

Mining law is no longer a sacred cow

Congress could consider comprehensive reforms to the 1872 Mining Law for the first time since the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.

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Sting uncovers eagle-killers October 21, 1991

Sting uncovers eagle-killers

Working undercover, agents bought an array of illegal poisons, learned how to lace carcasses with them, and visited ranches where deadly baits were left for predators.

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Two say politics rules their agencies October 07, 1991

Two say politics rules their agencies

John Mumma came alone to a packed subcommittee hearing Sept. 24 to denounce the agency that -- for three decades -- he put above family and friends ...

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How a Montana reporter wrote what he saw ... and lost his job September 23, 1991

How a Montana reporter wrote what he saw ... and lost his job

Missoulian reporter Richard Manning told how the logging business in Montana had taken a brutal turn that would punish the land, the local economy, and the small-time loggers and mills.

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High noon in Nevada September 09, 1991

High noon in Nevada

The Forest Service goes head-to-head with an angry rancher.

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Government tames its wild, destructive dam August 26, 1991

Government tames its wild, destructive dam

Early this month Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan issued a decree to alter the operation of a key faucet on the Colorado River -- Glen Canyon Dam.

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West's grand old water doctrine dies August 12, 1991

West's grand old water doctrine dies

Colorado attorney declares "First in time, first in right" dead.

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