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  • Marijuana's boring sibling

    Agricultural or industrial hemp lacks the psychoactive qualities of marijuana, but the DEA refuses to make a distinction.

  • Who's bringing home the bacon?

    The Environmental Working Group has put together a Web site that lists the amounts of federal subsidies farmers have received since the 1996 Farm Bill was passed.

  • Montana revved up about snowmobile agreement

    Snowmobilers and wilderness advocates come to an agreement on motorized access in Montana's Flathead National Forest.

  • Colorado oil shale gets a second look

    Royal Dutch/Shell wants to take another crack at producing petroleum from oil shale in northwestern Colorado's Piceance Basin, but local towns such as Parachute are wary, remembering the last energy boom and bust in the region.

  • Lawsuit is for the dogs

    The Montana Shooting Sports Association is fighting a BLM ban on prairie dog hunting intended to save habitat for the endangered blackfooted ferret.

  • Development threatens historic town

    Critics say that Washington's Growth Management Act failed to do its job in protecting small towns like Roslyn, which will soon see its population quintupled by the development of the MountainStar Resort.

  • Bull trout get some help

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to designate critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.

  • EPA wants to supersize Idaho Superfund site

    State and federal officials fight over how to clean up Idaho's Silver Valley, where mining pollution has spread past the Bunker Hill Superfund Site into Lake Coeur d'Alene and a huge swath of northern Idaho.

  • Tug-of-war over water

    The Colorado Legislature is mulling over a bill that would allow farmers and cities to retain rights to any water they leave instream for fish and boaters.

  • Ghost of the Selkirks fading fast

    The last herd of mountain caribou in the U.S. is down to 30-some animals, and biologists and conservationists say lack of funds stalls rescue work.

  • Is a coal mine pumping the Hopi dry?

    Hopi Indians fear that Peabody Western Coal is draining the aquifer that provides their water even as the company's royalties bring money to the reservation.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Nevada sues over Yucca Mountain; lawsuit against Enron involves Taylor Ranch in Colo.'s San Luis Valley; Blackfeet Tribe's wind-power project stalls; Mark Warren Sands sentenced for torching homes in Ariz.; Steve Huffaker heads Idaho Fish and Game.

  • Klamath Basin II: The saga continues

    A controversial National Academy of Sciences report on Oregon's Klamath Basin states that federal biologists had no scientific basis to withhold water from farmers to protect endangered fish.

  • Seed in the ground

    On South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, some Oglala Lakota are defying the federal government to grow industrial hemp, hoping that it can help to revitalize both the tribe's economy and its government.

  • The Eucalyptus: Sacred or profane?

    The writer says that California's much-prized eucalyptus trees are really overgrown, fire-prone weeds that would be better off in their native Australia.

  • Greens join 'Let's derail a judge' game

    Environmentalists adopt the conservative strategy of working to derail the nomination of federal judges whom they fear could harm their cause.

  • Attention, wolves: I'm what's for dinner

    In the extremely unlikely event that any wolves reintroduced to Colorado began eating people, the writer says he would gladly volunteer to serve as a meal.

  • How does snow melt? A test for all Westerners

    With each flood of newcomers to the Interior West, specialized knowledge of place and culture is both lost and gained.

  • Running for cover on the Rio Grande

    Refuges such as the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge are among the few scattered fragments of habitat left in Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley.

  • What is poisoning border babies?

    Terrible birth defects among newborns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley may be caused by agricultural and industrial pollution, but no one knows for sure.

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