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Digging up the West for shipment to Japan June 13, 1980

Digging up the West for shipment to Japan

Western states band together to open the door to mammoth coal exports to Pacific Basin countries, a trend driven by federal trade policies.

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Indians in the melting pot: 'old ways' don't melt May 30, 1980

Indians in the melting pot: 'old ways' don't melt

For more than 25 Western tribes that hold vast quantities of coal and uranium, the energy crisis is another source of pressure to abandon their cultural identity.

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Solitude seekers disagree about open spaces May 16, 1980

Solitude seekers disagree about open spaces

More than 174 million obscure acres in the West have been spotlighted by the Bureau of Land Management's wilderness inventory, which is now the subject of public scrutiny.

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Park Service director ousted in continuing policy strife May 02, 1980

Park Service director ousted in continuing policy strife

In a move enveloped by political controversy, Secretary of Interior Cecil Andrus has fired the director of the National Park Service, William Whalen.

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Solitude, prejudice, and wool all around April 18, 1980

Solitude, prejudice, and wool all around

That's what a sheepherder lives with, 365 days a year. The life requires a special kind of person, and there are fewer of them around. The sheep industry, too, is best by special problems.

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Debate roils over Utah's troubled waters April 04, 1980

Debate roils over Utah's troubled waters

Proponents and critics jostle over the Central Utah Project, which would bring water from Utah's Bonneville Basin to the bustling Wasatch Front.

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The grizzly: How many? Where? For how long? March 21, 1980

The grizzly: How many? Where? For how long?

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, a group of game experts from state and federal agencies, may determine the future of the grizzly.

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How many coal bucks should a smart state lasso? March 07, 1980

How many coal bucks should a smart state lasso?

States apply a variety of severance taxes to non-renewable resources such as coal, defying efforts to create a unified, national approach.

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Tailings, pollution haunt uranium company town February 22, 1980

Tailings, pollution haunt uranium company town

Uravan, Colorado, wholly owned by the metals division of Union Carbide, faces serious pollution problems caused by operation one of the oldest uranium mills in America.

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High heating costs fire up consumers in Rockies February 08, 1980

High heating costs fire up consumers in Rockies

Rising fuels costs mean higher heating bills for homeowners and businesses, with no relief in sight.

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Study of radioactive homes 'lost' for eight years January 25, 1980

Study of radioactive homes 'lost' for eight years

A study, initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency but never released to the public, documents high radioactivity in more than a hundred communities where uranium tailings were used as construction fill material.

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New kind of 'public interest' group pushes growth January 11, 1980

New kind of 'public interest' group pushes growth

Although Denver-based Mountain States Legal Foundation describes itself as a public interest legal group, it advocates for private property rights and free enterprise.

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Fending off nature's bill collector with planning December 28, 1979

Fending off nature's bill collector with planning

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood stewardship -- understood the significance of an America overgrazed, overfarmed and carelessly logged.

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Canny CERT gets respect, money, problems December 14, 1979

Canny CERT gets respect, money, problems

Despite its problems and dissidents, the Council of Energy Resource Tribes -- comprising 25 tribes who own one-third of the low sulfur coal west of the Mississippi and as much as half the privately owned uranium in the country -- is emerging as a serious player in the energy development game.

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Agency's wilderness grazing policies 'too pure' November 30, 1979

Agency's wilderness grazing policies 'too pure'

Some conservationists trying to increase the amount of designated wilderness object to the regulations that the Wilderness Act places on grazing because those regulations draw opposition from ranchers.

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New coalition inspired by FARM conference November 16, 1979

New coalition inspired by FARM conference

The future of agriculture in the Rocky Mountain states may hinge on a trade-off with energy development spurred by the energy crisis.

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Wildlife and livestock face off in refuge battle November 02, 1979

Wildlife and livestock face off in refuge battle

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management are cutting back on grazing permits in Montana's Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, angering ranchers.

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Sizing up a new fuel that may be coming soon to a pump near you October 19, 1979

Sizing up a new fuel that may be coming soon to a pump near you

In what appears to be an about-face, the U.S. departments of energy and agriculture and several major oil companies are beginning to embrace that notion that alcohol production can play a role in solving the country's energy problems.

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Quiet Stillwater disturbed by platinum plant October 05, 1979

Quiet Stillwater disturbed by platinum plant

As mining companies sniff around a huge platinum deposit along Montana's Beartooth Mountain front, locals and state wildlife officials are wondering whether the ranching, hunting, fishing and scenery will be displaced by tunnels, roads and smelters.

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Northern Tier oil pipe likely to go if dollars flow September 21, 1979

Northern Tier oil pipe likely to go if dollars flow

The 1,500-mile Northern Tier pipeline, which would transport Alaskan crude oil from Port Angeles, Wash. to Clearbrook, Minn., is expected to be approved by Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus and President Carter.

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Boulder smolders as growth struggle continues September 07, 1979

Boulder smolders as growth struggle continues

Although Boulder, Colorado's growth-limiting ordinance passed nearly three years ago, there has been no cooling of the controversy about its philosophy and consequences.

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Uranium industry's expansion prospects bleak August 10, 1979

Uranium industry's expansion prospects bleak

The Three Mile Island nuclear accident has only added to the uranium industry's troubles, which include the erratic price of uranium and pending political decisions.

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Wilderness Society fires key Utah environmentalist July 27, 1979

Wilderness Society fires key Utah environmentalist

Utah environmentalists are up in arms over the closing of the Utah office of The Wilderness Society and the firing of field representative Dick Carter.

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The latest plan for the Clark Fork: preservation July 13, 1979

The latest plan for the Clark Fork: preservation

The Clark Fork of the Yellowstone in northwestern Wyoming has inspired plans for railroads, highways and dams, but the most recent proposal is to designate 22 miles of the river's rugged canyon as Wild and Scenic.

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Roosevelt led charge for conservation June 29, 1979

Roosevelt led charge for conservation

Rarely in the history of the country has there been a relationship as close and as symbiotic -- and as effective for conservation -- as existed between President Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the newly formed U.S. Forest Service.

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