Issues

Western coal development moves closer to realization
Western coal development moves closer to realization
As Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen pushes legislation to construct an aqueduct system that would divert water for industrial use in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, plans for escalating extraction of coal are coming out into public view.
Storm brews over Utah
Storm brews over Utah
The Bureau of Reclamation faces off with local opponents over a proposed dam that would inundate China Meadows, a choice spot in Utah's Uinta Mountains.
National Parks - what future?
National Parks - what future?
The centennial of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park is a time to assess how the national parks can be made an even more meaningful part of our personal lives, especially because they are today under siege from various quarters.
Huge new complex proposed
Huge new complex proposed
Reynolds Metals Co. has announced a proposal to build a uranium enrichment plant near Buffalo, Wyo., that would cost at least $2.2 billion.
Aquatic deserts on the march
Aquatic deserts on the march
The portion of the Logan River in Utah's Cache Valley was a brown trout haven -- until the Army Corps of Engineers dredged the stream for flood control, removing much of the vegetation that provided ideal habitat.
Last chance for wilderness
Last chance for wilderness
The Wilderness Act set a 1974 deadline for considering all remaining primitive and roadless areas for wilderness designation, and as that deadline approaches, controversy is stirring in the Rocky Mountains about how to treat those wild lands.
Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free?
Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free?
It has now been seven months since helicopter pilot James Vogan went before a Senate subcommittee and revealed the illegal deaths of hundreds of eagles on Herman Werners's Wyoming ranch -- what has happened to justice?
Montana air bartered
Montana air bartered
Montana Governor Forrest Anderson effectively sabotaged that state's air pollution program by refusing to sign the proposed implementation of federal standards.
Game herds threatened
Game herds threatened
Big game herds, hit with the harsh winter of 1971-72 and faced with steady shrinkage of winter range, continue to decline.
Timber industry "calls shots"
Timber industry "calls shots"
Senator Gale McGee, D-Wyo., responding to news that President Nixon has killed a proposed executive order aimed at tighter regulation of clear cutting on public lands, has charged that "large timber interests continue to call the shots for the Nixon Administration on national forest management policies."
Huge power complex planned
Huge power complex planned
The power industry could build at least five 10,000-megawatt coal-fired power plants in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, with staggering social, economic and environmental implications.
Stripmining is "warfare"
Stripmining is "warfare"
As giant energy companies obtain federal leases to mine coal over vast areas of the West, Senator Gaylord Nelson is leading an effort to halt stripmining's "environmental warfare on our own country."
Desert study is released
Desert study is released
Conservationists are hailing the release of the Bureau of Land Management's recommendations for management in central Wyoming's Red Desert, which include limiting mining and fencing and establishing a new primitive area.
Wild horses rounded up
Wild horses rounded up
The Bureau of Land Management is systematically thinning wild horses from the Pryor Mountains of Montana and Wyoming to provide more food and space for those that remain.
Calls for halt in coal leases
Calls for halt in coal leases
Sen. Gaylord Nelson is pressing for a moratorium on federal permits and leases for coal strip mining on public lands until environmental reviews have been made.
Ranch sprays sage
Ranch sprays sage
Wyoming's Diamond Ring Ranch has again made the news for illegal activity, this time for unauthorized spraying of sagebrush on some 4,000 acres of public land.
Mike Frome 'expurgated'
Mike Frome 'expurgated'
The sure, incisive pen of one of America's foremost conservation writers has been censored from the pages of American Forests, the official magazine of the American Forestry Association.
Hells Canyon moratorium
Hells Canyon moratorium
A seven-year moratorium on dam-building in the Hell's Canyon of the Middle Snake River in Idaho would help to protect the river, but it would not stave off logging, mining, off-road vehicles, or development that could preclude future public access.
Teton Dam controversial, review is needed
Teton Dam controversial, review is needed
Conservationists continue to battle against proposals for the Lower Teton Dam, which would become simply another of the engineering feats -- but environmental disasters -- promulgated by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Senator says he is shocked
Senator says he is shocked
Senator Gale McGee warns of surprise and shock when full details of Wyoming's recent episodes of mass eagle killing -- allegedly conducted by helicopter -- are revealed to the public.