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Western Water Made Simple September 29, 1986

Western Water Made Simple

Part 1 of the award-winning four-issue series about water in the West.

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Two views of the grizzly September 15, 1986

Two views of the grizzly

As grizzly bears cause trouble for ranchers near Choteau, Mont., a father and son see the issue differently.

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Ski area proposal goes smash September 01, 1986

Ski area proposal goes smash

The collapse of the Wolf Creek Pass ski resort snares 80 partnerships, 800 investors, $65 million in partnership capital and $170 million in real estate.

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Graverobbers, agencies at work sacking an ancient culture August 18, 1986

Graverobbers, agencies at work sacking an ancient culture

A federal sting stirs up Blanding, Utah, which lies in one of the richest archaeological regions in the United States.

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Gudy Gaskill and some friends build a 480-mile trail August 04, 1986

Gudy Gaskill and some friends build a 480-mile trail

The Colorado Trail -- a Denver to Durango mountain path for hikers, horses and mountain bikes -- is being built for a pittance by volunteers after a well-funded professional effort collapsed several years ago.

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Taking on the farm banks July 07, 1986

Taking on the farm banks

In Part 3 of a three-issue series on agriculture, a sheep-ranching family struggles against the Production Credit Association, a bank meant to help farmers but that sometimes appears to turn on them.

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Where's the market? June 23, 1986

Where's the market?

Part 2 of a three-issue series on agriculture. From roughly 1970 through 1985, the beef industry put money and research into improving productivity instead of learning the marketing techniques that would have addressed America's changing eating habits -- and now it's in trouble.

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The dismal science grabs agriculture by the throat June 09, 1986

The dismal science grabs agriculture by the throat

Part 1 of a three-issue series on agriculture explores the breakdown on the ever-expanding fringes of the farm economy that has made long-fixed attitudes and policies about rural America negotiable.

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The fate of the grizzly May 26, 1986

The fate of the grizzly

Are grizzly bears thriving or vanishing?

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BLM privatizes some federal land April 14, 1986

BLM privatizes some federal land

Despite pleadings to the contrary by federal appraisers, the Nevada district director for the Bureau of Land Management and his superiors in Washington, D.C., have approved a controversial sale of public land.

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A still-wild chunk of America is vulnerable to development March 31, 1986

A still-wild chunk of America is vulnerable to development

A special issue on Montana's Glacier-Bob Marshall country.

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Nevada debates the virtues of wilderness March 17, 1986

Nevada debates the virtues of wilderness

In Nevada, the only Western state without Forest Service wilderness, Congress has finally begun to examine mountain ranges for potential wilderness.

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In defense of running cows on the public's land March 03, 1986

In defense of running cows on the public's land

Utah rancher Cecil Garland says we can learn from the damage down by livestock, and correct it while moving into a future that includes grazing on public lands.

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Wolves make a comeback in the West February 17, 1986

Wolves make a comeback in the West

Gone from the West for almost 50 years, wolves recently crossed the Canadian border to colonize Montana's Northern Rockies.

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Leadville's poisoned past ... and present February 03, 1986

Leadville's poisoned past ... and present

Although the mines around Leadville, Colo., have closed, acid mine drainage continues to sicken the Arkansas River.

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The 'eternal silence' is shattered January 20, 1986

The 'eternal silence' is shattered

Tourist planes, helicopters and military aircraft make it hard to find peace and quiet in the Grand Canyon.

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High Noon in Washington, D.C. December 23, 1985

High Noon in Washington, D.C.

After a year of negotiation between cattle growers, nine national conservation organizations and congressional aides, no compromise was reached on the controversial issue of fees for livestock grazing on public land.

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Sierra Club wins water lawsuit December 09, 1985

Sierra Club wins water lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that when Congress creates a wilderness area, it also creates water rights to go with the wilderness.

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Tribes struggle for sovereignty and power November 25, 1985

Tribes struggle for sovereignty and power

A special issue exploring how Indian tribes are forcing the United States to make good on a few of the promises made to them in the 19th century.

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One man's indictment of forestry in Arizona November 11, 1985

One man's indictment of forestry in Arizona

Investigative journalist Ray Ring digs into Forest Service reports to explain why Arizona has been logged more intensively than any other Western state.

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The fully operational MX missile October 28, 1985

The fully operational MX missile

The U.S. Air Force will soon deploy the first operational MX nuclear missile near Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Last stand for the Colorado Plateau October 14, 1985

Last stand for the Colorado Plateau

Half of Utah -- and the vast majority of its BLM wilderness candidates -- lies in the hotly contested and spectacular Colorado Plateau.

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Let the brawl begin September 30, 1985

Let the brawl begin

For decades, the Missouri River basin has gotten along without interstate water compacts and lawsuits -- but now that's changing.

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Seeing the forest through the eyes of its users September 16, 1985

Seeing the forest through the eyes of its users

A special issue on forestry, based on the belief that what happens on the ground counts as much as what the Forest Service decides, the lawyers argue or the Congress legislates.

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How to articulate the delight? August 19, 1985

How to articulate the delight?

There are simple pleasures in being a fire lookout in Idaho.

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