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  • On the trail

    VP candidate Cheney decries solar-power tax relief; Pat Buchanan calls protesters at Denver's Columbus Day parade "neo-fascists"; Wash. voters split over antitrapping initiatives; Ariz.'s Prop. 102 would hamper wildlife; in Ariz., a vote on development.

  • Democrats see the light in Montana

    November's elections may be a political watershed for Montana, with a possible power shift to moderate yet progressive-minded Democrats in Congress and the governor's office.

  • Mudfest debacle muddies off-roaders' future

    When two Boulder, Colo., disc jockeys invited four-wheelers to an impromptu rally at nearby Caribou Flats, the resulting "Mudfest" wrecked private land and alpine wetlands and stained the reputation of the state's ORVers.

  • Council guns down ban on predator hunts

    In Arizona, a ban on "killing coyotes" such as the "Predator Hunt Extreme" has been overturned on the grounds that the state Game and Fish Commission does not have jurisdiction over such contests.

  • The Berkeley Pit gets deeper

    Skyrocketing electric rates and a resulting shutdown of operations by copper mining company Montana Resources mean that increased untreated runoff is flowing into the Berkeley Pit, the country's largest Superfund site.

  • Libertarian is Chenoweth's heir apparent

    C.L. "Butch" Otter, who is running for the U.S. House seat that Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R, is leaving, has gained points in conservative Idaho by fighting the EPA over destroying part of a wetland.

  • Water runs through a congressional race

    Democrat Curt Hohn, who fought South Dakota's huge water project, the Oahe Unit, is running against Republican John Thune for the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Montana hunters blast game farms

    In Montana, the sportsmen's group MADCOW - Montanans Against the Domestication and Commercialization of Wildlife - has put Initiative 143 on the ballot to end "canned hunting" on the state's elk ranches.

  • Stalking Slade

    An unprecedented, informal coalition of angry Indian tribes, environmentalists and Democrats are going after Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton's seat in November, and Gorton's opponent - Democrat Maria Cantwell - may have a chance for victory.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Enviros attack INS plans for stadium lights, to halt illegal immigration in Arizona. Molycorp plans to clean up Questa mine. Last summer's fire at INEEL. Forest Service wants to log Santa Fe National Forest; nearby counties they will log if NFS won't.

  • 'The vampires are in charge of the blood bank'

    Utah Rivers Council director Zachary Frankel talks about his love for rivers and the need to protect them.

  • 'We haven't got anything back'

    Nephi, Utah, resident Ross Garrett in his own words talks about water and population growth in Utah.

  • Utah's river kid takes on the water buffaloes

    Zachary Frankel's Utah Rivers Council is fighting the Central Utah Project, particularly a plan by farmers and investors to sell CUP water intended for irrigation to rapidly growing Salt Lake County.

  • Los Alamos races against time

    In the wake of the Cerro Grande fire, Los Alamos faces a new problem: how to prevent summer rainstorms from flooding the fire-denuded canyons and washing the laboratory's hazardous wastes into the Rio Grande.

  • A river resurrected

    On the California-Mexico border, environmentalists from two countries are working to restore the Colorado River Delta.

  • Illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans

    A native-born New Mexico Hispanic points out that opposition to immigration is not necessarily racist, and says that immigration problems must be dealt with.

  • Migrants leave trail of trash

    Migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert leave litter and cause ever-increasing damage, as seen in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

  • Sanctuary movement revives

    Alexis Claire, who owns a travel agency in Bisbee, Ariz., is part of a revival of the "Sanctuary Movement,' trying to help today's economic refugees as she helped refugees from Central America 10 years ago.

  • A sympathetic landowner

    In Douglas, Ariz., rancher and consultant Jerry Bohmfalk is considering a lawsuit against the Border Patrol, which he believes makes matters worse by pursuing "economic refugees."

  • Border lures the young

    In Agua Prieta, Mexico, a group of young men discuss their experiences crossing the border.

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