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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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City slickers strike it rich in South Dakota August 01, 1988

City slickers strike it rich in South Dakota

A plan to invigorate the state's economy by taking sewage ash from the Twin Cities backfires.

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Can nuclear waste be salted away? July 18, 1988

Can nuclear waste be salted away?

All is not well with the nation's first planned nuclear-waste dump, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project.

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Parks are increasingly vulnerable June 20, 1988

Parks are increasingly vulnerable

Like lines drawn in the sand, the borders of America's national parks have not prevented the crowding and shoving of neighboring public and private landowners.

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Will the Crow Tribe dribble away $29 million in coal tax money? June 06, 1988

Will the Crow Tribe dribble away $29 million in coal tax money?

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court opens up an old account and allows the tribe to set its own coal tax rates.

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How do you combine birds and bombs? May 23, 1988

How do you combine birds and bombs?

Along Idaho's Snake River, military war-games run up against the densest known concentration of nesting raptors in the world.

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Two Forks Dam: Push comes to shove May 09, 1988

Two Forks Dam: Push comes to shove

The proposed project has become a national issue, with environmental and citizens groups facing off against water planners.

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Ecotage versus infiltrage: A tale of two environmental strategies April 25, 1988

Ecotage versus infiltrage: A tale of two environmental strategies

An in-depth issue on The Nature Conservancy and Earth First!

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God's country is being developed April 11, 1988

God's country is being developed

Church Universal and Triumphant stirs controversy on the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park.

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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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