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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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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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