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  • Like Butte, a lonely dog hangs on

    A mysterious, mangy, half-wild dog known locally as "The Auditor" has made the moonscape of the Butte’s Berkeley Pit his home for 16 years, hanging on to life as stubbornly as the town of Butte itself.

  • The push is on to privatize federal jobs

    The Bush administration has ordered federal land-management agencies to identify jobs that might be performed more cheaply by the private sector.

  • The politics of growth

    Almost every major election in Arizona is up for grabs this year, along with a rash of ballot initiatives, and some observers hope the state can pull out of its headlong rush into uncontrolled growth and development.

  • Island Hoping

    In On Oct. 19, 2002, a group of people working to preserve the diversity of the Sky Islands is holding a one-day conference to promote awareness of the region.

  • Backlash

    In Gallatin County, Mont., and Delta County, Colo., local citizens and county governments are fiercely resisting the recent, no-holds-barred push to drill for coalbed methane.

  • 2,997 ... 2,998 ... 2,999

    Among other tasks, research entomologist Justin Schmidt counts bee stings in dead animals at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz.

  • The buzz business

    The problem of controlling Africanized bees is now widespread, and some are taking advantage of the frightening invasion to earn a good living.

  • Raising a stink

    When the dairy industry invades rural Idaho, communities face the dilemma of what to do with the waste cows produce. The huge dairy operations are contaminating local air and water.

  • How to influence Congress on just dollars a day

    Activist Ray Wheeler sets an intense pace as he personally lobbies in D.C. for wilderness preservation in Utah.

  • In the heart of the New West, the sheep win one

    The Hispanic livestock cooperative, Ganados del Valle, wins a lawsuit against the Sierra Club Foundation in New Mexico's Chama Valley.

  • Lessons of an intolerant past

    Before the U.S. tries to crack down on suspicious-looking Muslims and Middle Easterners, it would do well to remember the World War II era injustice of Japanese-American internment camps like Minidoka, Idaho.

  • Montana tribes drive the road to sovereignty

    The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes fight a plan to four-lane Highway 93 through Montana's Flathead Reservation, winning a new highway plan with tough protections for wildlife, safety and cultural resources.

  • An environmentalist in the heart of cowboy culture

    Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, Arizona native, rancher and environmentalist, lectures on cooperation and community in the West at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., and gets a surprising ovation.

  • Owyhee: On the eve of destruction

    Bombing range threatens wild land in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.

  • Keeping 'em down on the High Plains

    The incestuous relationship between the oil and gas industry and the Wyoming government is finally being challenged through a state Supreme Court decision that ruled against Exxon.

  • The river comes last

    The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.

  • Desert sprawl

    In Tucson, Ariz., where a dozen acres are cleared for development each day, environmentalists and concerned locals try to find ways to rein in runaway growth, and to save the desert and its remaining endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls.

  • I like to hunt, but I don't like to kill

    A writer muses on the contradictions inherent in his love for the hunt but dislike of killing animals.

  • Montana's Rocky Mountain Front: Sell It or Save It?

    The writer makes an impassioned plea to save Montana's Rocky Mountain Front from oil and gas leasing.

  • One good example: The publisher

    A.L. "Butch" Alford of the Lewiston, Idaho, Morning Tribune is a good example of a publisher who truly believes in independent journalism

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