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Northern Cheyenne want Class I air July 16, 1976

Northern Cheyenne want Class I air

The Northern Cheyenne Indian tribe in southern Montana has become the first land manager to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow it to keep its air clean with a Class I designation, which would affect the planned expansion of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant.

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San Luis Valley shows rural ingenuity July 02, 1976

San Luis Valley shows rural ingenuity

Residents of southern Colorado's San Luis Valley aren't waiting for federal or state lawmakers to solve their energy problems. They have taken the matter into their own hands, and have several dozen working solar systems as proof of their success.

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An invitation to a very strange place June 18, 1976

An invitation to a very strange place

Wyoming's Red Desert, full of grotesque geologic structures and thousands of greasewood-studded lake beds that dry to great expanses of red crust, is a strange place in need of defenders.

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Designating wilderness -- asking for destruction? June 04, 1976

Designating wilderness -- asking for destruction?

Land that is scenic, well-watered, and with recreation opportunities will be heavily used regardless of whether or not it is designated as wilderness. Many wilderness areas receive little use at all.

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Navajo Nation faces development May 21, 1976

Navajo Nation faces development

The Bureau of Reclamation's Navajo Indian Irrigation Project brings modern, irrigated agriculture to a parched landscape -- and the possibility of large-scale industry that could compete for the water.

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House bill prompts public lands alert May 07, 1976

House bill prompts public lands alert

A coalition of 19 conservation organizations warns that the proposed Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976 would severely limit the federal government's ability to protect long-term natural resource values, putting the nation's public lands at risk.

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Kaiparowits coal power plans scuttled April 23, 1976

Kaiparowits coal power plans scuttled

Southern California Edison has backed down from its plan to construct the controversial 3,000 megawatt Kaiparowits coal-fired power plant in central Utah, citing increasing costs, environmental constraints, and pending regulatory legislation.

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'Either we share it or we lose it' April 09, 1976

'Either we share it or we lose it'

The proposal to designate a big chunk of wild land in Idaho as the River of No Return Wilderness has created new conflicts that jeopardize the land's longstanding wild character.

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Jackson Hole wrestles with growth March 26, 1976

Jackson Hole wrestles with growth

Jackson Hole officials have tried to shape and slow the rapid growth sparked by the opening of the Teton Village Ski Area in 1966, but their efforts haven't been enough.

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Saving swamps for ducks and men March 12, 1976

Saving swamps for ducks and men

Although swamps have historically been viewed as unattractive and worthless, a building movement -- buoyed by federal laws -- recognizes wetlands as havens for wildlife that also hold and purify water used by humans.

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Salesmen with sun power woo West February 27, 1976

Salesmen with sun power woo West

The solar energy industry is a booming business, containing all of the perils of rapid growth -- fast-buck men, scant history, few standards and regulations, and consumer confusion.

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BLM farm plans hold promise, problems February 13, 1976

BLM farm plans hold promise, problems

Lack of clear goals for Idaho agriculture becomes more evident as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wrestles with plans to convert thousands of acres of desert lands managed by that agency into individual private farms sanctioned by the Desert Land Act and the Carey Act.

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Donkey dilemma damages public land January 30, 1976

Donkey dilemma damages public land

Damage to sensitive desert ecosystems is causing some to take a hard look at the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, which was the first time Congress gave full protection to a non-native species animal.

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Court lifts Powder River injunction January 16, 1976

Court lifts Powder River injunction

The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted an injunction barring four coal companies and a railroad from proceeding with coal development in Wyoming's eastern Powder River Basin, opening the way to full-scale development of the region's coal.

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Toilets: a revolution from the bottom up January 02, 1976

Toilets: a revolution from the bottom up

A look at alternative toilets -- such as composting toilets that eliminate water consumption -- and a brief explanation of how they work and their chief advantages and disadvantages.

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NEPA at stake? December 19, 1975

NEPA at stake?

After losing a lawsuit involving grazing allotments, the Bureau of Land Management has expressed concern that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) -- considered to be the country's most important environmental law -- is making the agency vulnerable to lawsuits that drain time and resources, raising questions about that law's future.

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People want power over transmission December 05, 1975

People want power over transmission

More and more rural residents are starting to resent transmission lines as the lines proliferate across the open spaces of the West, marring the scenery, hindering farm operations, and producing ozone, which may be harmful to crops.

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Phosphate-hungry world after Idaho November 21, 1975

Phosphate-hungry world after Idaho

A rush for phosphate in Idaho could mean 22,000 new residents, a substantial loss of wildlife habitat, increased air pollution, and an uncertain future for two resident endangered species.

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BN proposes fertilizer from coal November 07, 1975

BN proposes fertilizer from coal

Near the remote ranching community of Circle, Montana, the Burlington Northern railroad company plans to construct a coal gasification plant that would produce not only natural gas but also fertilizer.

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Battle over Teton jetport still rages October 24, 1975

Battle over Teton jetport still rages

Two years after public hearings, the National Park Service is still embroiled in a national controversy over whether or not to allow the establishment of a commercial jetport in Grant Teton National Park in Wyoming.

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S.D. farmers fight Oahe Diversion October 10, 1975

S.D. farmers fight Oahe Diversion

The Bureau of Reclamation's Oahe Diversion Project, ballyhooed for nearly 30 years as the savior of South Dakota's family farm agricultural economy, is now being bitterly opposed by many of its supposed beneficiaries as construction begins.

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TVA moves West for fuel September 26, 1975

TVA moves West for fuel

As the Tennessee Valley Authority rapidly expands its electric generation with nuclear power, it has interests in exploring and mining uranium in Wyoming, New Mexico, and other Western states.

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Does the nation need Western coal? September 12, 1975

Does the nation need Western coal?

Industry says the West's thick, low-sulfur coal seams are they key to America's abundant energy, while conservationists push for more equitable distribution of mining throughout the country. In this issue, HCN presents three different views on the options.

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Governors unite on energy rights August 29, 1975

Governors unite on energy rights

Several Western governors convened recently to hammer out general policies on energy issues for the region, striking a tone of "states' rights" in relation to the national government.

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Power plant ahead August 01, 1975

Power plant ahead

Wheatland, Wyoming, has so far dodged the energy boom, but it may be the future home of the Missouri Basin Power Project, a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant.

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