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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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Special issue: The Central Arizona Project story July 15, 1991

Special issue: The Central Arizona Project story

The Central Utah Project is yet another sign that the West's and the nation's attitude toward water is changing.

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The Snake's imperiled salmon: A personal call to act July 01, 1991

The Snake's imperiled salmon: A personal call to act

I want to tell you about a fish, a place named for it, and a recent weekend there that I will not forget.

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A wilderness war: Utah's canyons cut to the bone June 17, 1991

A wilderness war: Utah's canyons cut to the bone

The wilderness debate is forcing rural Utahns to confront their deepest hopes and fears.

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A fading Yellowstone 'Vision' June 03, 1991

A fading Yellowstone 'Vision'

In 1989 a coalition of park and forest chiefs in what is now called the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem embarked on a pioneering plan to coordinate their management. But something went awry.

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Solar power becomes a reality May 20, 1991

Solar power becomes a reality

A California solar energy company that wants to generate thousands of megawatts of pollution-free electricity is finding surprising success in the sun-drenched American Southwest.

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The bombing of the West May 06, 1991

The bombing of the West

For many of the Navy and Air Force pilots who would fly deadly missions in Operation Desert Storm, their first experience with live bombs was in the Nevada desert.

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Special issue: Northwest salmon at the crossroads April 22, 1991

Special issue: Northwest salmon at the crossroads

Twenty articles and four special maps on salmon, dams, and logging.

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Overgrazing: Feds move to end it April 08, 1991

Overgrazing: Feds move to end it

The Forest Service claims parts of the Big Cimarron grazing allotment on the Uncompahgre National Forest are chronically overgrazed, and says the bulk of the area should be managed for recreation and the protection of its rivers and lakes.

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The nuclear wasting of the West March 25, 1991

The nuclear wasting of the West

The nation's nuclear weapons industry has left a dangerous legacy of radioactive wastes strewn around the West.

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Missouri: a river basin at war March 11, 1991

Missouri: a river basin at war

A four-year drought has humbled the Missouri River and plunged its 10 basin states into a sour quarrel with one another and the Army Corps of Engineers, the river's federal boss.

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Colorado enters a new water era February 25, 1991

Colorado enters a new water era

The death of Denver's Two Forks dam project has turned the state's archetypal Western water establishment on its head.

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Idaho savors its waters as region seeks more hydropower February 11, 1991

Idaho savors its waters as region seeks more hydropower

The Pacific Northwest's dawning power shortage is adding new impetus to build more hydroelectric dams in Idaho, while the state bills itself as 'the whitewater capital of the world.'

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Coyote slaughter: A federal killing machine rolls on January 28, 1991

Coyote slaughter: A federal killing machine rolls on

In the absence of any comprehensive national strategy to handle predatory animals, the Agriculture Department's Animal Damage Control branch has emerged as the one program to determine the fate of American predators. It does this primarily by killing them.

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The land no one wanted December 31, 1990

The land no one wanted

The Western Shoshone look homeward to Ruby Valley, Nevada.

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Animas-La Plata: still flawed December 17, 1990

Animas-La Plata: still flawed

The $590 million Animas-La Plata water project Congress reauthorized in 1988 continues to generate controversy in Colorado.

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