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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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High prices, doubts plague wind power revival June 15, 1979

High prices, doubts plague wind power revival

Despite a resurgence of enthusiasm for wind power, expensive new wind turbines -- many of which are proving unreliable -- are undermining widespread adoption.

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Could energy seekers make Old Faithful falter? June 01, 1979

Could energy seekers make Old Faithful falter?

Targhee National Forest officials, who manage nearly all of the Island Park Geothermal Area adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, are being pressured by more than 70 parties who want to drill for hot water that would be used to generate electricity.

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The nation's hottest spot for cheap solar homes May 18, 1979

The nation's hottest spot for cheap solar homes

Out of necessity, many residents in and around sunny but cold Taos, N. Mex., have turned to passive solar technology to heat their homes.

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On the watch for the elusive ferret May 04, 1979

On the watch for the elusive ferret

To try and bring the elusive black-footed ferret back from the brink of extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct stealthy inventories of the the animal's habitat.

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Feds eye West for radioactive garbage dump April 20, 1979

Feds eye West for radioactive garbage dump

As nuclear waste piles up, environmentalists predict that the West will bear the main burden of a mounting federal effort to dispose of the waste.

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Slurry carries coal, water and controversy April 06, 1979

Slurry carries coal, water and controversy

New coal slurry pipeline proposals are raising major regional questions concerning water use priorities, Indian water rights, interstate cooperation and competition, and perhaps even the scale of future Western coal development.

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Stalemates spawn new breed: the eco-mediators March 23, 1979

Stalemates spawn new breed: the eco-mediators

With varying degrees of success, mediation has been substituted for legal or political confrontation in a number of recent environmental battles.

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States ponder: who should pay to keep air clean? March 09, 1979

States ponder: who should pay to keep air clean?

When Congress passed the Clean Air Act amendments in 1977, it didn't approve federal funds for the studies necessary for air quality classification, meaning that most states have trouble accessing the law's protections.

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Nation now molding its first Indian water policy February 23, 1979

Nation now molding its first Indian water policy

President Jimmy Carter has taken the first step toward establishing a national Indian water policy, which has been defined de facto by large water projects that flood Indian lands while not providing a proportional share of the water.

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