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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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The future October 24, 1988

The future

Part 4 of The Reopening of the Western Frontier, a four-issue series exploring the West's changing economic and cultural landscape.

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Environmentalism triumphant October 10, 1988

Environmentalism triumphant

Part 3 of The Reopening of the Western Frontier, a four-issue series exploring the West's changing economic and cultural landscape.

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The bust in agriculture and mining September 26, 1988

The bust in agriculture and mining

Part 2 of The Reopening of the Western Frontier, a four-issue series exploring the West's changing economic and cultural landscape.

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The Reopening of the Western Frontier, Part 1 September 12, 1988

The Reopening of the Western Frontier, Part 1

Thanks to a mixture of geography, climate and natural resources, the rural West became the domain of a particular way of life that has lasted for 100 years. But today its economies are in retreat, and the Western frontier is reopening.

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Backhoe roots around in Indian graves August 29, 1988

Backhoe roots around in Indian graves

After nearly a century of neglect and vandalism, an area called Fourmile Ruin near Taylor, Ariz., is being excavated, not in a search for information about its original inhabitants but for its valuable pottery.

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Growing up among the ruins in Blanding, Utah August 15, 1988

Growing up among the ruins in Blanding, Utah

How do you explain what it is like to be able to walk five miles in any direction from town and find a rubble mound or masonry ruin?

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