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A lawsuit drills oil and gas leases October 14, 1983

A lawsuit drills oil and gas leases

The battle over oil and gas drilling in the Palisades area straddling the Idaho-Wyoming border illustrates the chaotic way in which natural resource development and wilderness preservation decisions are made.

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Floods reveal water policy chaos October 03, 1983

Floods reveal water policy chaos

Was this year's high water a "controlled flood" as the Bureau of Reclamation contends? Or was it, as residents along the Lower Colorado maintain, a "manmade disaster"?

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Acid rain: a corrosive issue across the nation September 19, 1983

Acid rain: a corrosive issue across the nation

Despite a few rearguard skirmishes over the "scientific" question, the real issue has become: how much reduction in acidic emissions will there be, and how will those reduction be achieved?

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Dollars no longer flow uphill September 05, 1983

Dollars no longer flow uphill

Everyone from dam builders to dam blockers agrees that no new, large and federally funded dams are likely to be built.

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Missiles, men and Armageddon August 05, 1983

Missiles, men and Armageddon

The Rockies and Great Plains are home to virtually all of the United States' land-based nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

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San Juan Basin faces massive coal sale July 22, 1983

San Juan Basin faces massive coal sale

The proposed San Juan Basin coal sale in northwest New Mexico is one of four massive competitive lease sales planned by the Interior Department.

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Playing presidential politics in Colorado ski country July 08, 1983

Playing presidential politics in Colorado ski country

Gary Hart, Colorado's senior senator and the Rocky Mountain West's own presidential candidate, talks conservation in Snowmass Village.

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Breaking faith with Old Faithful June 24, 1983

Breaking faith with Old Faithful

A special issue on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with news on geothermal development near Yellowstone National Park and mining the Stillwater's platinum.

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Money in search of an idea June 10, 1983

Money in search of an idea

The Energy Security Act of 1980 gave the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation a mandate to produce millions of barrels of oil and gas from the nation's oil shale, coal and tar sands, but the effort hasn't gone much beyond the laboratory bench.

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Going from good to better May 27, 1983

Going from good to better

The election of Ronald Reagan -- the most outspoken anti-environmental presidential candidate since Earth Day in 1970 -- has sparked an unprecedented growth in environmental groups.

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A study in cooperation May 13, 1983

A study in cooperation

The five-year Flathead Basin Environmental Impact Study has brought together biologists, geologists and social scientists to predict potential impacts of growth on a northwest Montana valley.

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The populist tradition continues April 29, 1983

The populist tradition continues

A special issue on Montana's populist politics, including a review of the 1983 Montana Legislature and a "Montana Bestiary."

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Life after oil shale April 15, 1983

Life after oil shale

On Colorado's western slope, the collapse of the rising oil shale boom has been both deep and wide.

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Utah's regulatory riddle April 01, 1983

Utah's regulatory riddle

Should the multi-billion dollar Intermountain Power Project, a large coal-fired power plant, be regulated by the Utah Public Service Commission?

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A grizzly situation March 18, 1983

A grizzly situation

Yellowstone National Park's image is being been tarnished by disturbing facts emerging about one of the western wilderness' most critical ingredients: the grizzly bear.

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To cut or not to cut March 04, 1983

To cut or not to cut

A special issue on forest planning, including summaries of forest plans in the Rockies and forest policy revisions, plus articles on RARE III, Montana's Lewis and Clark Forest, and more.

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Declining demand and increasing rates February 18, 1983

Declining demand and increasing rates

As a result of slower than expected demand, due in part to conservation efforts, dozens of proposed power facilities have been cancelled or delayed.

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WIPPing into shape in New Mexico February 04, 1983

WIPPing into shape in New Mexico

A special issue on Arizona and New Mexico, with articles on nuclear waste disposal, coal mining in the Bisti Badlands, erosion of Grand Canyon beaches, and the Central Arizona Project.

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Selling every seat in the House -- and Senate January 21, 1983

Selling every seat in the House -- and Senate

Widespread use of political action committees, a relatively new phenomenon on the American political scene, is driving politics in many Western states.

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Discovering the Rockies December 24, 1982

Discovering the Rockies

A special issue on the identity of the Rocky Mountains, with articles on regional politics, watersheds and bioregions, a closeup on Yellowstone National Park, and more.

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Washington nuke plant has unsafe welds December 10, 1982

Washington nuke plant has unsafe welds

A special issue on the MX Missile, Washington's WPPSS, nuclear war and nuclear waste.

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Whitewater trespass November 26, 1982

Whitewater trespass

Whitewater enthusiasts who ignore the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling that prohibits floating across private land are guilty of third degree criminal trespass.

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Running the Rockies' wild and scenic rivers November 12, 1982

Running the Rockies' wild and scenic rivers

The Reagan administration has sent Congress a list of rivers it recommends for inclusion in the Nation Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the first time in four years that any rivers outside of Alaska have been recommended.

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Winding up in Medicine Bow October 29, 1982

Winding up in Medicine Bow

A Bureau of Reclamation wind turbine demonstration project in Wyoming may show the future promise of wind power.

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The Best and Worst of the West in Congress October 15, 1982

The Best and Worst of the West in Congress

A special issue on Rocky Mountain politics, including a review of the West's congressional delegates, a state-by-state summary of political issues, and more.

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