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The West's fouled waters, Part I: Billions for quantity, but not a penny for quality November 20, 1989

The West's fouled waters, Part I: Billions for quantity, but not a penny for quality

The West's refusal to confront the issue of water quality will haunt the region.

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Money comes calling in a remote poor valley November 06, 1989

Money comes calling in a remote poor valley

Colorado's sparsely populated and remote San Luis Valley is without strong ties to either Denver's urbanized Front Range or to the state's rural Western Slope. But that may be ending.

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In Hells Canyon's: timber cutting, jet boats and general neglect October 23, 1989

In Hells Canyon's: timber cutting, jet boats and general neglect

If scenery, wildlife and pure spectacle mean anything, Hells Canyon and its environs will someday be recognized as a national treasure. But today it is only another controversial wild area and even the controversy is local, rather than national.

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WIPP is dazed, but not dead October 09, 1989

WIPP is dazed, but not dead

The fight over the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is in a stalemate.

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Special issue: High Country News is 20 September 25, 1989

Special issue: High Country News is 20

An improbable newspaper reaches an improbable age.

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Two Forks dam: EPA reaffirms its veto intent September 11, 1989

Two Forks dam: EPA reaffirms its veto intent

The Environmental Protection Agency has pushed the proposed Two Forks dam one step closer to oblivion.

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Still wild at 25 August 28, 1989

Still wild at 25

Canyonlands National Park remains primitive, with more dirt roads than paved.

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In Tulluride, Colorado ... August 14, 1989

In Tulluride, Colorado ...

Mining has left hollowed-out, suppurating mountains and mesas of waste. Now the town, state and mining company debate potential fix-up plans.

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Nuclear plant's cover is blown July 31, 1989

Nuclear plant's cover is blown

On June 6, 75 agents from a joint FBI-EPA task force raided the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver.

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Tumbleweeds triumphant July 03, 1989

Tumbleweeds triumphant

How the Russians conquered the West.

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FBI changes four with attack on power line June 19, 1989

FBI changes four with attack on power line

Dave Foreman and three others are arrested for allegedly trying to fell a tower that carries high-voltage lines used by the Central Arizona Project.

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Forester challenges his agency to a discussion June 05, 1989

Forester challenges his agency to a discussion

It wasn't until timber sales planner Jeff DeBonis was transferred to the Willamette National Forest -- the biggest timber-producing national forest in the country -- that what he saw made him open his mouth.

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The charring of Wyoming May 22, 1989

The charring of Wyoming

In the midst of Wyoming's energy depression, Char-Fuels of Wyoming, Inc. seemed to offer a dream come true.

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Nevada fights its second nuclear war May 08, 1989

Nevada fights its second nuclear war

The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to place the nation's first high-level nuclear waste repository on federal land adjacent to a former nuclear test site.

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HCN's Guide to Outdoor Education in the West April 24, 1989

HCN's Guide to Outdoor Education in the West

This issue began months ago when staffer Becky Rumsey wrote to some 200 nonprofit groups offering outdoor or environmental education programs in the West, asking who their clients were and how their organizations were faring.

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Drought, fire and cold ravage Yellowstone's elk April 10, 1989

Drought, fire and cold ravage Yellowstone's elk

As a harsh winter follows a summer of fire, up to one-third of Yellowstone National Park's 21,000 northern herd elk may die, either at the hands of hunters or from starvation.

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In Montana: Grass-roots group may be Astroturf March 27, 1989

In Montana: Grass-roots group may be Astroturf

At first it looked like simply another battle over trees, but this particular environmental war in Montana has a political twist.

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Synthetic Fuels Revisited, Part II March 13, 1989

Synthetic Fuels Revisited, Part II

With contracts that insulate it from low energy prices, the Great Plains coal gasification plant in Beulah, N.D., endures as a relic of the federal government's 1970s syn-fuels fascination.

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Synthetic Fuels Revisited, Part I February 27, 1989

Synthetic Fuels Revisited, Part I

What does oil shale's past mean for its future?

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Are wildlife unbranded cattle? February 13, 1989

Are wildlife unbranded cattle?

Ready access to fishing and hunting in states like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming is now threatened by the trend toward fee hunting by owners of large blocks of land.

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Manuel Lujan: Lighter touch coming to Interior January 30, 1989

Manuel Lujan: Lighter touch coming to Interior

Many agree that Lujan won't have the aggressive hostility to conservation interests of a James Watt. Beyond that, few can say.

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In southern Utah: Voters reject an industrial future January 02, 1989

In southern Utah: Voters reject an industrial future

By a two-to-one margin, Grand County residents voted down a toxic waste incinerator slated for the all-but-abandoned railroad town of Cisco.

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The West's nuclear revolt December 19, 1988

The West's nuclear revolt

The Department of Energy -- a mainstay of the West's economy -- is in serious trouble.

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Oil industry rolls over opponents December 05, 1988

Oil industry rolls over opponents

Jackson Hole environmentalists and local government suffered two big defeats recently in the ongoing war over oil and gas leasing on Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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The West voted left, right and center November 21, 1988

The West voted left, right and center

Analysis of 1988 Election results from 13 Western states.

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