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Firms buy out opposition September 09, 1977

Firms buy out opposition

ANG Coal Gasification Company quieted opposition to its plans for a facility in North Dakota by purchasing land owned by members of the community who opposed the project.

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Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality August 12, 1977

Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Northern Cheyenne Indian tribe's request for Class I -- the most stringent classification -- air quality for its reservation, a decision that could have a major impact on nearby construction of the Colstrip power plant units 3 and 4.

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Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium July 29, 1977

Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium

Recent headlines saying that 22 Indian tribes are meeting with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have brought national attention to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, an organization that had virtually been ignored since its formation in 1975.

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Building political power -- future of a movement July 15, 1977

Building political power -- future of a movement

HCN editor Dan Whipple takes stock of the environmental movement and its quest for clout in the political system.

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Cowtown's manure means megawatts July 01, 1977

Cowtown's manure means megawatts

A Colorado company called Bio-Gas claims it can provide rural electricity by harvesting and digesting cow manure to produce burnable methane gas.

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Officials measure charms of Sweetwater Canyon June 17, 1977

Officials measure charms of Sweetwater Canyon

A group led by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management embarks along Wyoming's Sweetwater Canyon to determine whether this river section measures up to Wild and Scenic status.

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Canadian project may pollute U.S. June 03, 1977

Canadian project may pollute U.S.

A massive Canadian energy complex along the U.S.-Canadian border in Saskatchewan is becoming one of the most complicated legal controversies the West has ever faced.

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Carter's energy plan will push Western coal boom May 20, 1977

Carter's energy plan will push Western coal boom

President Jimmy Carter's national energy plan calls for a heavy reliance on coal to bridge the gap between today's oil- and gas-fueled society and the renewable resource-based society of the future.

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Coal plant planners eye Southern Utah May 06, 1977

Coal plant planners eye Southern Utah

In the wake of the defeated plans for the giant Kaiparowits power plant, another coal-fired power plant is planned for the canyon country of southern Utah -- the 3,000 megawatt Intermountain Power Project, to be located 10 miles east of Capitol Reef National Park.

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Bighorn water battle goes to court April 22, 1977

Bighorn water battle goes to court

For the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indian tribes, everything is at stake in a suit filed by the state of Wyoming requiring more than 20,000 water users in the Bighorn River basin to defend their water rights.

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Cranes' fate depends on Platte's flow April 08, 1977

Cranes' fate depends on Platte's flow

Proposed water projects and uncontrolled pumping of groundwater for irrigation threaten the wide-flowing, flooding, living oasis that sandhill cranes call home on Nebraska's Platte River.

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Utah legislature vows to make more and use less March 25, 1977

Utah legislature vows to make more and use less

Although Utah is one of the first Western states to require all new buildings to meet energy conservation standards, it has also been instrumental in pushing the controversial Intermountain Power Project coal-fired power plant.

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Boise rediscovers geothermal March 11, 1977

Boise rediscovers geothermal

Using geothermal energy to warm your home and heat your water may sound like a far-fetched idea, but some residents of Warm Springs Avenue in Boise, Idaho, have been doing it for 85 years.

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Wood stove revival puts damper on energy costs February 25, 1977

Wood stove revival puts damper on energy costs

Today, with rising energy costs, wood burning is probably the fastest growing form of alternative renewable energy use.

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Idaho legislature axes conservation programs February 11, 1977

Idaho legislature axes conservation programs

The forced resignation of Earl Adams, the director of Idaho's Office of Energy, was the coup de grace in a long line of attacks by a hostile Republican-controlled legislature against efforts to set up a state energy conservation policy.

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Wheatland: the model boom town? January 28, 1977

Wheatland: the model boom town?

The Missouri Basin Power Project, a consortium of utilities, hopes to use construction of a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Wheatland, Wyoming, as an example of industry turning a rural community into a lively place to live.

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Rest-rotation range plan -- panacea of problem? January 14, 1977

Rest-rotation range plan -- panacea of problem?

Both critics and advocates are weighing in on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's drive to improve deteriorating range conditions on public lands in the West through a grazing system known as rest-rotation.

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Domestic technology offers low-income people opportunity December 17, 1976

Domestic technology offers low-income people opportunity

At a time when energy prices are making it increasingly difficult for people to make ends meet, Malcolm Lillywhite shows people simple technology that they can use to produce quality food and shelter at low cost.

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Utah oil shale boom: not if, but when December 03, 1976

Utah oil shale boom: not if, but when

Unknowns are plaguing oil shale development southwest of Vernal, Utah, but the burst of optimism for oil shale in the early 1970s has many local residents saying that extraction of oil from their abundant rock is inevitable.

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Boulder adopts plan to slow growth November 19, 1976

Boulder adopts plan to slow growth

Boulder, Colorado, has become the first community in the Rocky Mountain West to attempt to slow down its growth rate by city ordinance, which will limit the amount of new housing.

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Uranium experiment moves into northeast Colorado November 05, 1976

Uranium experiment moves into northeast Colorado

Residents of Weld County, Colorado, are worried that proposed uranium mining in the area will destroy farmland.

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Telluride blues, a hatchet job October 22, 1976

Telluride blues, a hatchet job

Telluride, Colorado, formerly an honest, decayed little mining town of about 300 souls, is now a bustling whore of a ski resort with a population of 1,500 and many more to come.

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Rocks, rivers, snakes, solitude -- Owyhee October 08, 1976

Rocks, rivers, snakes, solitude -- Owyhee

Two spectacular river gorges in southwest Idaho -- the Owyhee and the Bruneau -- are being considered for study as possible national wild and scenic rivers, with surrounding primitive areas.

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Joy, shipmates, joy! September 24, 1976

Joy, shipmates, joy!

Excerpts from a speech delivered by Edward Abbey at a conference in Vail, Colorado. "I say the industrialization of the Rocky Mountain West is not inevitable and that to plan for such a catastrophe is to invite it ..."

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Women face boom town isolation September 10, 1976

Women face boom town isolation

In remote Jeffrey City, Wyoming, owned and operated by Western Nuclear, some women are determined to get out and participate in activities while others prefer the refuge of their homes.

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