Issues

Mines and power make impact
Mines and power make impact
Coal mining and coal-fired power generation will have an enormous cumulative impact on the West. But the public -- getting news in bits and pieces without any meaningful reporting on the large-scale impact -- does not realize the full extent of what is happening.
Timber study is released
Timber study is released
An interdisciplinary panel, assembled in response to criticism of forest management in Wyoming, has recommended that wildlife, recreation, and scenic quality be considered in every management decision on Wyoming's national forests.
Eagles' deaths NOT vindicated
Eagles' deaths NOT vindicated
The case of Wyoming's poisoned eagles took a bizarre turn when Van Irvine -- the sheep rancher from Casper, Wyo., who is charged on 29 counts of game violations -- asked for a no contest plea and was fined the absolute minimum on all charges.
Wyoming Council meets ... new director named
Wyoming Council meets ... new director named
Keith Becker, a former Navy pilot from Thermopolis, Wyo., has been named the new executive director of the Wyoming Outdoor Coordinating Council. He succeeds Tom Bell, director since 1967, who is stepping down to devote full time to editorship of High Country News.
Eagles' deaths are vindicated
Eagles' deaths are vindicated
The deaths of at least 50 eagles in Wyoming has led to the arrest of Van Irvine, a prominent Wyoming stockman who is now being charged with 28 game violations.
Primitive area reviewed
Primitive area reviewed
The Glacier Primitive Area in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing, part of the wilderness review process specified by the 1964 Wilderness Act.
Eagle death toll mounts ... poison found
Eagle death toll mounts ... poison found
The latest toll of golden and bald eagles reported dead in Wyoming now stands at 43. Twenty-three of those eagles are confirmed or suspected of being killed by poisons.
Wyoming eagles die mysteriously
Wyoming eagles die mysteriously
A tragedy involving America's symbol of freedom has struck in central Wyoming. Eleven bald eagles were found dead on the west end of Casper Mountain; five golden eagles were found dead, and another was partially paralyzed and near death.
'Environmentalism' catches on in Big Sky Country
'Environmentalism' catches on in Big Sky Country
The 1971 Montana legislature may go down in the record books as the session in which "environmentalism" finally caught on. Bills passed and signed into law include new hard rock mining reclamation laws, zoning provisions, tougher water pollution controls and more.
Clear-cutting criticized
Clear-cutting criticized
In hearings at the nation's capitol, Sen. Gale McGee called for a two-year moratorium on clear-cutting in national forests, underscoring the increased criticism that timber practices have come under in recent years.
Dams may still go in Hells Canyon
Dams may still go in Hells Canyon
The "prophets of progress" see the great, untamed section of the Snake River through Hells Canyon not as a thing of intrinsic value, but as a tragic waste of kilowatts.
Montana is unique ... environment has real champion
Montana is unique ... environment has real champion
Unlike in most states, the Montana environment has a real champion: Fish and Game Department head Frank Dunkle, who has fought Montana governor Forrest Anderson to a virtual standstill.
Nebraska rivers being threatened
Nebraska rivers being threatened
Most of Nebraska's rivers and streams are threatened and many may be destroyed or greatly altered within a few years, according to National Audubon Society representative Ron Klataske.
Senator says forests are measured in board feet
Senator says forests are measured in board feet
Wyoming Sen. Gale McGee has stated that management policies of National Forests must be redirected "away from short-range, short-sighted emphasis on timber cutting toward long-range protection of the entire spectrum of forest-related values."
Governors outline many state problems
Governors outline many state problems
Both Governor John Love of Colorado and Governor Cecil Andrus of Idaho have put environmental matters high on their list of priorities.
Governors recognize environment issue
Governors recognize environment issue
Governors Forrest Anderson of Montana and Stanley Hathaway of Wyoming -- neither of whom has outstanding environmental records -- have both declared the environment to be an important issue. The Era of the Environment must certainly have arrived.
Citizens speak out, oppose dams on Green
Citizens speak out, oppose dams on Green
Wyomingites turned out to comment on a proposed water development plan for the Green River. They were almost unanimous in speaking out against the environmentally destructive and economically prohibitive proposals.
Skiing is great in Jackson Hole
Skiing is great in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole sports the label of being the biggest ski area in the United States with its 4,135-foot vertical drop and its six square miles of ski country -- terrain for everyone, from beginner to "super skier."
Yellowstone is winter Mecca
Yellowstone is winter Mecca
For the first time, the road to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park will be plowed, allowing snowmobile enthusiasts to visit new winter wonders.
Environment not yet a strong election issue
Environment not yet a strong election issue
The environment and environmental issues made some gains in this year's elections. But environmental conditions existing at present did not make much impact on most voters.