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  • Easterners tilt at windmills while Westerners joust with a real foe

    Cape Cod’s opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm sounds crazy to Westerners, who would gladly exchange nuclear waste dumps, coal mines and gas wells for some renewable energy

  • When a Boom is a Bust

    Wamsutter, Wyo., is a boomtown these days, but the town is struggling to be a real community, instead of just a barracks for the natural gas industry

  • The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new

    The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.

  • Solar flip-flops and fish stories

    BLM flip-flops on solar and expedites oil and gas; Western Governors’ Association talks about energy; more fossil fuel risks; good (and bad) salmon news.

  • Why Juan Valdez doesn't haul coffee beans on a llama

    A pack-burro outfitter humorously lambastes the trendy llama.

  • The weedy future of the Great Basin

    The fire-loving weed cheatgrass is taking over the Great Basin's overgrazed sagebrush steppes, and BLM scientists are struggling to find a way to eradicate the non-native weeds and restore the land before it all goes up in flames.

  • Blowing bubbles

    In the West, the real estate market is the new gold rush

  • Painting for progress

    Artist Joan Hoffman pours her love of wilderness into her paintings, and uses her art as a way to fight for the environment

  • U.S. Department of Energy elbows in on Clean Water Act

    The federal Energy Department and the state of Wyoming have challenged Montana’s plan to establish pollution controls for coalbed methane wells

  • Spotted owl or red herring?

    Although logging has declined drastically in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not necessarily the fault of the Endangered Species Act or the northern spotted owl.

  • Reality Check

    Misinformation and exaggeration abound in the debate over the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions

  • The Latest Bounce

    EPA abandons attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing; BLM briefly cuts forestry school funding and Republican Rep. Greg Walden grills logging critic Dan Donato; California regulator tries to stop ecological crash in San Francisco Bay-Delta

  • ESA talks end in stalemate

    A working group of 23 experts convened by the nonprofit Keystone Center could not reach consensus over how to reform the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions

  • Town Shopping

    With all the formerly cool, "undiscovered" small towns now caught up in the New West’s booming real estate frenzy, it’s getting hard to find an affordable place to call home

  • Taking the law into their own hands

    Citizens use a little-known legal doctrine called qui tam to fight energy company profiteering – and make money in the process

  • A flood of admirers

    In the anthology The River We Carry With Us, writers and poets celebrate the enduring beauty of Montana's Clark Fork River and grapple with the environmental problems facing it.

  • Closing the loop

    On the Navajo Reservation, Indigenous Community Enterprises is using thinned small trees from fire-prone, overgrown forests to build hogans for housing - and the tribal economy as well.

  • Wolves still struggle in the Southwest

    Restoring Mexican wolves to the Southwest has met more resistance than the restoration of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

  • Collaboration may prevent conflagration in SantaFe

    The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.

  • No more ignoring the obvious: Idaho sucks itself dry

    Overpumping has drained Idaho's Snake River acquifer until rivers like the Big Lost run dry.

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