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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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A dead end for the grizzly? December 03, 1990

A dead end for the grizzly?

The question is whether the grizzly can take recovery on paper and turn it into recovery in the wild. The answer, it now appears, is not entirely up to the bear.

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'You don't know what you've got till it's gone ...' November 19, 1990

'You don't know what you've got till it's gone ...'

The Northwest rediscovers its ancient forests.

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The game is changing in the wild West November 05, 1990

The game is changing in the wild West

Economic changes and environmental concerns are beginning to force state game and fish departments to accept the more ambitious mission of preserving biological diversity.

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Will 1990 bring a greener West? October 22, 1990

Will 1990 bring a greener West?

A growing grassroots concern for the environment is driving the West's 1990 elections. See state-by-state election coverage.

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Can natural gas fuel a Rocky Mountain high? October 08, 1990

Can natural gas fuel a Rocky Mountain high?

Rocky Mountain states bet on pipelines to get gas to the burgeoning California market.

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The West's ailing ski industry turns to all-season mega-resorts September 24, 1990

The West's ailing ski industry turns to all-season mega-resorts

The ski industry, once welcomed in the West, is turning into a pariah.

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Dumps 'R' Us September 10, 1990

Dumps 'R' Us

Is the rural West becoming a dumping ground for toxic waste and garbage?

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Waterless in Wind River? August 27, 1990

Waterless in Wind River?

Midvale, Wyo., farmers worry after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed last year that the tribes of the Wind River Reservation have rights to over 500,000 acre-feet of water.

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Revolution at Utah's grassroots July 30, 1990

Revolution at Utah's grassroots

The Navajos, like most reservation Indians, have historically been excluded from county politics by a mix of subtle and not-so-subtle barriers. But now they are creating a new political force.

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Wolves make a comeback in Montana July 16, 1990

Wolves make a comeback in Montana

While politicians, scientists and bureaucrats argue over reintroduction of the wolf to the western United States, the animals have moved south into Montana to occupy long-vacant habitat.

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Sagebrush Rebels try to call the shots in Nevada July 02, 1990

Sagebrush Rebels try to call the shots in Nevada

A corner of Nevada is the last stronghold of the Sagebrush Rebels -- the group that sought to transfer public land into private hands in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Uranium has decimated Navajo miners June 18, 1990

Uranium has decimated Navajo miners

In a Navajo community of 1,000 just west of the New Mexico state line, many families are trying to cope with the loss of loved ones and the sight of numerous others slowly dying from lung cancer.

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