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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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The wild horse: Feral pest or living history? March 16, 1987

The wild horse: Feral pest or living history?

The number of horses on the range doubles roughly every seven years, creating conflict between ranchers, land managers and those who see the animals as a last remnant of the Wild West.

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The Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Poor engineering, worse PR March 02, 1987

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Poor engineering, worse PR

"It sucks" is what an unidentified staffer for U.S. Department of Energy concluded about his agency's choice of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a candidate for the nation's first high-level nuclear waste dump.

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A game ranching bill in Wyoming pits landowners against hunters February 16, 1987

A game ranching bill in Wyoming pits landowners against hunters

The jerry-built system of wildlife management on a mix of state-owned, federal and private lands is under pressure from private landowners.

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The West cleans up its act February 02, 1987

The West cleans up its act

An acid rain-causing copper smelter in Douglas, Ariz., closes.

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Rebottling the nuclear genie January 19, 1987

Rebottling the nuclear genie

A spill at a United Nuclear Corp. uranium mill highlights problems in New Mexico's uranium belt.

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An America that did not happen December 22, 1986

An America that did not happen

The closure of Camp Grisdale, a planned community for a permanent workforce of loggers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, marks the end of a sustained-yield program that was supposed to last at least a century.

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With isolation and great vats of time December 08, 1986

With isolation and great vats of time

Art Cuelho, in his 20-by-24-foot garage studio in Big Timber, Mont., runs Seven Buffaloes Press, perhaps the only independent rural press still around.

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The two-party system is back November 24, 1986

The two-party system is back

People in the West voted as Nevadans, North Dakotans and Oregonians, not as participants in a national plebiscite. See election results from 10 states and the Navajo Nation.

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The Colorado River as plumbing November 10, 1986

The Colorado River as plumbing

Part 4 of the award-winning four-issue series Western Water Made Simple.

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The Missouri River: In Search of Destiny October 27, 1986

The Missouri River: In Search of Destiny

Part 3 of the award-winning four-issue series Western Water Made Simple.

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The Columbia River: An Age of Reform October 13, 1986

The Columbia River: An Age of Reform

Part 2 of the award-winning four-issue series Western Water Made Simple.

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