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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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Wilderness endangered by overuse July 18, 1975

Wilderness endangered by overuse

Most people believe wilderness should be left alone. But as more and more people use it, active management becomes necessary.

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Energy conservation: Belt-tightening, leak-plugging, new technology July 04, 1975

Energy conservation: Belt-tightening, leak-plugging, new technology

Can you imagine a U.S. energy future which doesn't require immediate and massive commitments to western coal and oil shale development, nuclear power, offshore oil or foreign imports?

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'Irrigation water' all goes to industry June 20, 1975

'Irrigation water' all goes to industry

Although Wyoming's Fontenelle Reservoir was built under pretense of providing water mostly for irrigation, it is useless for agriculture -- and may have been intended all along to serve industry.

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Game range transfer threat to wildlife? June 06, 1975

Game range transfer threat to wildlife?

Debate follows the decision to transfer three wildlife ranges -- the Kofa Game Range in Arizona, the Charles Sheldon Antelope Range in Nevada, and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Range in Montana -- to sole management by the Bureau of Land Management, after years of dual management with the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Ski Yellowstone forces choice May 23, 1975

Ski Yellowstone forces choice

The Montana Wilderness Association proposes an alternative to Ski Yellowstone, a ski area and real estate development that would bring clearcut ski runs and hundreds of condos to the Hebgen Lake area near Yellowstone National Park.

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Southwestern cultures collide May 09, 1975

Southwestern cultures collide

The Four Corners power plant is a monument of the Navajo Nation's collision of cultures: the traditional ways that respect the land and the intruding pressure of technology and growth.

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Who profits from our coal? April 25, 1975

Who profits from our coal?

During the past 20 years federal incompetence has allowed billions of tons of public coal to fall into the hands of the corporate giants of the energy industry.

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Ford taps Stan Hathaway for Interior April 11, 1975

Ford taps Stan Hathaway for Interior

To understand newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Stan Hathaway, one must understand the history of Wyoming.

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Taking the lifeblood from the land March 28, 1975

Taking the lifeblood from the land

Traditionally, cities on Colorado's Front Range have turned to the state's western slope when local water supplies were exhausted. But with strong environmentalist protest to trans-mountain diversion schemes, thirsty growth centers are looking elsewhere -- to agricultural water.

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Habitat destruction threatens wildlife March 14, 1975

Habitat destruction threatens wildlife

The theme of this year's National Wildlife Week is "We Care About Animal Habitat," and one of the animals that has had the greatest assaults on its habitat is the American peregrine falcon.

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Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks February 28, 1975

Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks

In Idaho Power's brochure, a confident and ever-smiling Reddy Kilowatt perches on an electrostatic precipitator, his three-fingered hand raised toward a drawing of the Jim Bridger power plant's smokestacks -- "99 plus % clean."

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Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?) February 14, 1975

Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?)

A look inside the world of Wyoming lobbyists, who usually don't fit the stereotypes attributed to them.

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State roadblock at Beaver Creek January 31, 1975

State roadblock at Beaver Creek

The state of Colorado has expressed doubt about whether Beaver Creek can be developed into a Vail-like ski resort without compromising environmental imperatives and local human needs.

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Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities January 17, 1975

Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities

Once upon a time there were on the Kingdom of Earth two major principalities -- Ruritania and Metropolitania. They were linked together by the Royal Road of Progress and a secret underground passageway called Deals.

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Western site sought for A-wastes January 03, 1975

Western site sought for A-wastes

Nuclear waste disposal used to be a quiet topic of study. But now that hazardous radioactive leftovers are scheduled to move into Nevada, Idaho, or Washington, the topic is making headlines.

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Jim Bridger builders break promises December 20, 1974

Jim Bridger builders break promises

Pacific Power & Light and Idaho Power, the two utilities that are constructing the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs, Wyoming, have created unexpected impacts related to the plant's siting and emissions.

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Ranching industry on the rocks December 06, 1974

Ranching industry on the rocks

The cattleman now finds himself confronted by an array of problems -- inflation, sluggish markets, water conflicts -- not seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

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Meeteetsee contemplates its future November 22, 1974

Meeteetsee contemplates its future

Meeteetsee, a small cowtown in northwest Wyoming, may change dramatically if AMAX decides to develop an open pit copper mine in the nearby Wood River Valley.

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BLM exposes own grazing abuses November 08, 1974

BLM exposes own grazing abuses

A Bureau of Land Management report has found that severe overgrazing and other aspects of poor range management on public lands in Nevada have led to loss of wildlife habitat, destruction of cultural sites, and erosion.

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The last great carving up of America October 25, 1974

The last great carving up of America

In Vail, Colorado, where rapid and erratic growth has created a $160 million haven of affluence and alpine luxury, the prospects for the deer aren't good.

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Cheyenne fight, again, for land October 11, 1974

Cheyenne fight, again, for land

With nearly half their reservation lands covered with coal exploration permits or leases, the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana has reason to believe that full-scale development could threaten their continued tribal existence.

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Earth energy September 27, 1974

Earth energy

Although geothermal energy is often praised as clean and limitless, first attempts to utilize it have stirred up air and water pollution, radiation, and potential earthquakes -- not to mention legal, financial and governmental tangles.

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