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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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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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