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  • The Killing Fields

    The first bison hunt in 15 years was supposed to offer hope for a reasonable solution to Yellowstone’s ‘buffalo problem,’ but a lifelong hunter who watched it says the senseless slaughter continues

  • Montanans may take back their dams

    In Montana, Initiative 145 would undo the deregulation of power in the state, allowing citizens to take back control of hydroelectric dams.

  • Around the West, the hot races to watch

    HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.

  • Conversation with a cowboy conservationist

    Cowboy poet, rancher and environmentalist Wally McRae talks about the romance of the range and the hard reality of things like coal development in Montana.

  • What's in a name? Just ask Dwayne or Trucklene

    An encounter in a bar with a guy named Dwayne causes a writer named Mary Lou to ponder the hidden meanings lurking behind first names in the West.

  • Dead fish clog the low-flowing Klamath

    Thousands of steelhead and chinook and coho salmon have died in Northern California's Klamath River, and conservationists blame the Bush administration's decision to lower river flows.

  • Albuquerque is dragged into Rio Grande fight

    The city of Albuquerque, N.M., is fighting a judge's order that says city water must be released from reservoirs into the Rio Grande to save the endangered silvery minnow.

  • The Latest Bounce

    San Gabriel Watersheds Study Act passes House; Sisters' cattle removed from BLM land; Gold mine resurrected for land sacred to Indians; Utah Rep. Jim Hansen makes deal to sell site to Mormon Church; and Mont. Gov. says miners are "true environmentalists."

  • Wildlife Service bows to home builders

    Under pressure from the home-building industry, the Fish and Wildlife Service drastically trims critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog.

  • Forest protection under the knife

    The Bush administration bows to pressure from the logging industry to revise the Clinton-era Northwest Forest Plan.

  • Lassoing the West's polital winds

    Tim Egan speaks at HCN Seattle board meeting; Ed Marston steps aside; correction; Betsy Offermann obituary

  • Flow charts for the Golden State

    The Water Education Foundation's beautiful color maps make California's natural and human-made water systems comprehensible, even for the layperson.

  • Dam busters win symbolic victory

    California anvironmentalists are pleased that the Bureau of Reclamation has given up on completing the planned Auburn Dam for the Middle Fork of the American River.

  • Idaho seeks a reputation - and a reality - free of hate

    As Boise celebrates the opening of its Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the late Bill Wassmuth is remembered as the activist who helped lead the charge against Idaho's neo-Nazi extremists.

  • Crawdads get the boot, but not the boil

    Volunteers at Arizona's Fossil Creek tackled the problem of invasive crawfish by rounding them up and leaving them on the ground to die, when they proved too small to eat.

  • Thumpers hit a speedbump

    In southwestern Colorado, a judge has temporarily halted the use of seismic "thumper trucks" to explore for oil and gas in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

  • Nuclear waste road accidents don't faze WIPP

    Recent road accidents involving nuclear waste-carrying trucks on the road from Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad, N.M., are statistically normal, WIPP says, and no cause for special concern.

  • BLM gets a land-swap lemon

    The BLM says a congressionally mandated land swap will trade public land on the Utah-Colorado border for Moffatt County, Colo., acreage that has not been identified as necessary or desirable.

  • Environmentalists fight chemical weapons burns

    Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.

  • Golfers may oust eagles

    The plan for a golf course and housing development on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyo., would allow the developer to displace or kill up to 18 bald eagles.

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