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Off-road vehicles and the public's land March 28, 1988

Off-road vehicles and the public's land

At issue in southern Arizona and elsewhere is a continuing debate over what to do about a form of recreation that is growing so rapidly that officials feel helpless.

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Montana's Clark Fork River: An industrial drain March 14, 1988

Montana's Clark Fork River: An industrial drain

The Clark Fork of the Columbia has been neglected and abused for decades, and is only now gaining the attention of people who are determined to bring it back to life.

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Oil and gas leasing reform: Somewhat more than half a loaf February 29, 1988

Oil and gas leasing reform: Somewhat more than half a loaf

Efforts to correct problems with oil and gas leasing on public lands have produced a confusing and often contradictory welter of legislation and court decisions that have left central issues unresolved.

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South Dakota Sioux demand the Black Hills February 15, 1988

South Dakota Sioux demand the Black Hills

Their hope for the future rests on the fact that the U.S. government took their land by imposing a fraudulent treaty on them in 1877 -- the same year that Crazy Horse was killed by a bayonet-wielding soldier.

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Idaho's potato king proposes 100 power plants February 01, 1988

Idaho's potato king proposes 100 power plants

The state's richest man, industrialist J.R. Simplot, announced in late December that he wants to build 100 coal-fired power plants along the Snake River over the next 50 years.

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Is the grizzly adapting fast enough? January 04, 1988

Is the grizzly adapting fast enough?

While there is hope that the grizzly is nearing recovery in the short term, most scientists remain worried about the long haul.

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Caves need protection December 21, 1987

Caves need protection

Congress considers a little-known bill -- the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act -- that would guard the thousands of caves underlying public lands from vandalism and other forms of destruction.

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Is Montana being (de)railroaded? December 07, 1987

Is Montana being (de)railroaded?

Dennis Washington's Montana Rail Link takes over 900 miles of track from Burlington Northern, prompting picketing (and possibly sabotage) by workers.

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The wolf in the West: Singing a sad song November 23, 1987

The wolf in the West: Singing a sad song

A series of articles explores the many sides of wold recovery.

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Acoma Indians protest a proposed national monument in New Mexico November 09, 1987

Acoma Indians protest a proposed national monument in New Mexico

The Acoma Indian tribe doesn't want El Malpais, its ancestral ground, to be wilderness.

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Ski industry collides with the big game industry October 26, 1987

Ski industry collides with the big game industry

Can several million people ski down Colorado's mountain slopes each winter without destroying the state's wildlife?

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The fight over Box-Death Hollow Wilderness October 12, 1987

The fight over Box-Death Hollow Wilderness

A spectacular chunk of land that Congress designated as wilderness in 1984 has become a new battleground in the dispute between environmentalists and energy companies in Utah.

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Sewage industry beats critic September 28, 1987

Sewage industry beats critic

For three years, Peter Maier, a renegade engineer, fought Utah's water establishment over its water pollution-control program.

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Beauty, isolation and cheap land bring a sect to Montana September 14, 1987

Beauty, isolation and cheap land bring a sect to Montana

The Church Universal and Triumphant, a wealthy religious group from southern California, recently moved to a ranch called the Royal Teton on the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park.

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Range war in South Dakota August 31, 1987

Range war in South Dakota

Ranchers and the Forest Service butt heads over management of South Dakota's national grasslands.

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Hoover Dam, 1990s version: The Superconducting Collider August 17, 1987

Hoover Dam, 1990s version: The Superconducting Collider

To the Rocky Mountain West, the $4.4 billion atom-smashing Superconducting Super Collider represents economic development of the most desirable kind.

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In Denver, the rule is: Exhale, but don't inhale August 03, 1987

In Denver, the rule is: Exhale, but don't inhale

Denver faces an annual battle with unhealthy carbon monoxide emitted by cars, trucks, woodstoves and fireplaces.

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Downwinders: America's nuclear sacrificial lambs July 06, 1987

Downwinders: America's nuclear sacrificial lambs

People living near the Nevada Test Site got as much radiation from a few years of fallout from government testing as they would from natural sources during their entire lifetimes.

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Update on Yellowstone: Mott quietly locks horns with his boss June 22, 1987

Update on Yellowstone: Mott quietly locks horns with his boss

Park Service Director William Penn Mott doesn't agree with U.S. Interior Department official William Horn on many things, including wolf reintroduction.

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Wyoming's vast, scarred Red Desert June 08, 1987

Wyoming's vast, scarred Red Desert

The Red Desert is quiet now, but the marks remain from a period of oil, gas and uranium exploration and extraction.

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Groundwater pollution: A silent, insidious invasion May 25, 1987

Groundwater pollution: A silent, insidious invasion

A neighborhood suspects the Tucson International Airport, where military aircraft are built and serviced, as the source of cancer-causing pollution.

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A struggle for an Arizona peak May 11, 1987

A struggle for an Arizona peak

Preservationists oppose construction of an astronomical observatory on Mount Graham.

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Two views of Allan Savory April 27, 1987

Two views of Allan Savory

Guru of false hopes and an overstocked range, or creator of a Socratic approach to land management?

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Heap leach mining comes to South Dakota April 13, 1987

Heap leach mining comes to South Dakota

Wharf Resources's open pits, roads, parking lots, heap leach piles, holding ponds and refinery are a vast, complex earth-moving enterprise in the Black Hills.

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The Northern Utes take on Utah March 30, 1987

The Northern Utes take on Utah

In a little-noticed battle, 2,500 members of the Northern Ute Indian tribe have re-established sovereignty over three million acres in Utah's Uintah Basin.

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