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Looking for juice in backyard dams June 12, 1981

Looking for juice in backyard dams

A proposal to retrofit a high-mountain dam near Aspen, Colorado is one of dozens of potential hydropower projects in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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Rolling down the road -- the invisible network of nuclear transport May 29, 1981

Rolling down the road -- the invisible network of nuclear transport

The U.S. Department of Energy makes so many secret shipments of nuclear weapons components each year that there are a likely a dozen or more convoys on the road on some days.

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No room in this field for the young May 15, 1981

No room in this field for the young

A farm near Boulder, Colorado illustrates the challenges of passing family farms on to future generations, and of the hurdles to young farmers in general.

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Blowing it: 'ecotage' in Jackson Hole May 01, 1981

Blowing it: 'ecotage' in Jackson Hole

Sabotage of an oil and gas exploration rig outside Jackson, Wyoming, raises questions that divide the environmental community.

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Tax forecloses inheritance dream April 17, 1981

Tax forecloses inheritance dream

Inheritance taxes negate the rise in farmland value and consume some farms that would otherwise pass on to the farmers' heirs, prompting efforts to reform tax laws.

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Oil shale future: Jewel or synfuel? April 03, 1981

Oil shale future: Jewel or synfuel?

In part one of a two-part series, a geologist from Colorado examines the future of oil shale in the Rocky Mountain region, exploring the properties of the oil-rich rock and the jockeying of energy companies for a piece of the action.

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'Extinct' grizzlies sighted in Colorado March 20, 1981

'Extinct' grizzlies sighted in Colorado

Recent reports of grizzly bears in Colorado may end the blanket denial of the grizzly's presence there by state and federal officials.

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John Baden: Put public lands in private hands March 06, 1981

John Baden: Put public lands in private hands

The Center for Political Economy and Natural Resources, based in Bozeman, Montana, advocates for applying free market economic approaches to managing natural resources, including those on public lands.

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Water warning: a ploy, or poison? February 20, 1981

Water warning: a ploy, or poison?

The Colorado Department of Health has warned residents of Irondale, Colo., that their wells are contaminated with DBCP, a pesticide known to cause male sterility and possibly cancer.

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Wyoming loses million on ore tax February 06, 1981

Wyoming loses million on ore tax

Because of outdated tax assessment methods, the state of Wyoming has lost about $10 million in uranium severance tax payments since 1977.

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Water watchdogs neglect the Navajo January 23, 1981

Water watchdogs neglect the Navajo

A congressional investigation has found that there may be serious undiscovered drinking water problems on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

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'I'm a juggie' January 09, 1981

'I'm a juggie'

The author reflects on work "jugging" -- seismographic exploration for oil and gas. "I had reservations about the work, but that $100 a day talked louder."

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Jeffrey City: "I don't know a person in town who isn't thinking of leaving" December 26, 1980

Jeffrey City: "I don't know a person in town who isn't thinking of leaving"

In Jeffrey City, Wyo., a 25-year-old boom town that lies in one of the most hostile environments in the country, the local union struggles to hold the town together amid layoffs caused by a downturn in the uranium industry.

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Rebels revel in new power, polish December 12, 1980

Rebels revel in new power, polish

Now that the Sagebrush Rebels have a president and half a dozen conservative senators sympathetic to their cause, their goal of turning over federally managed lands to the states looks more tangible than ever.

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Channeling the stream of toxic wastes November 28, 1980

Channeling the stream of toxic wastes

Environmental regulators are perplexed as they grapple with what they're calling the most pressing environmental problem of the 1980s -- hazardous waste.

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Anaconda: The smelter shuts down, and so does the town November 14, 1980

Anaconda: The smelter shuts down, and so does the town

Citing antiquated equipment, pollution control problems and foreign competition, Atlantic Richfield Co. announced recently that it will not reopen its Anaconda, Montana, copper smelter, which employs nearly 1,000 people.

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Archeologists dig for points, paydirt October 31, 1980

Archeologists dig for points, paydirt

Requirements that energy companies inventory archeological sites when they disturb public lands are creating plenty of good-paying jobs for archeologists.

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Politics 1980 October 17, 1980

Politics 1980

Increasing pressure for resource extraction in the West would suggest that the 1980 election would hinge on natural resource issues. Yet in most political races, natural resource issues are not at the forefront.

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Tampering with the elements: success or failure? October 03, 1980

Tampering with the elements: success or failure?

The issue of who is legally responsible if something goes awry when cloud seeders and other weather changers are at work is unresolved in Colorado and elsewhere.

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Dinosaur dynamos? September 19, 1980

Dinosaur dynamos?

The Bureau of Land Management says that energy conservation and renewable energy sources could produce twice as much power as the Allen-Warner power plants proposed for Utah and Nevada.

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Ailing uranium millworkers seek recognition, aid September 05, 1980

Ailing uranium millworkers seek recognition, aid

Millworkers helped produce uranium for the nation's nuclear defense program in the 1950s and '60s. Now many are ill from exposure to radiation, but getting compensation is difficult.

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Focus on the sun August 22, 1980

Focus on the sun

A special issue on the solar technology movement, with articles on do-it-yourself builders, making photovoltaic panels economically competitive, greenhouses and more.

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Squeezing the daylights out of Zion July 25, 1980

Squeezing the daylights out of Zion

The author reflects on childhood visits to Utah, the history of the Mormons and the National Miners Union, and the state's perhaps bleak future.

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States, courts, cutbacks put pressure on strip mine agency July 11, 1980

States, courts, cutbacks put pressure on strip mine agency

Even as strip mines multiply throughout the Rocky Mountain states, the federal agency responsible for overseeing reclamation of mined lands -- the Office of Surface Mining -- is reeling under a series of blows.

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Mining mishap could spell future trouble June 27, 1980

Mining mishap could spell future trouble

Public officials' response to a spill of toxic water at the Alumet phosphate mine is stoking criticism of the expanding phosphate industry in southeastern Idaho.

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