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  • 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.

  • A river on the line

    A journey down the Lower Rio Grande through Texas and Mexico finds a sometimes-waterless river that faces a host of environmental, agricultural and human problems.

  • Groundswell for a monument?

    Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt startles environmentalists with his suggestion for a new national monument on the San Rafael Swell.

  • Entrepreneur shovels trouble

    Archaeologists are appalled at Anasazi Digs, a family-owned business near Monticello, Utah, that plans to sell the right to dig and keep artifacts from prehistoric ruins on private land.

  • Dunes shifts toward park status

    Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.

  • Moose-slinging ends

    The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' plan to use helicopters to relocate moose on Interstate 80 is halted when one of the helicopters crashes, killing three.

  • Buyout for bears

    Defenders of Wildlife and the Wyoming Wilderness Society are paying an Idaho sheep rancher to move to a different grazing allotment, so that grizzly bears can safely live on the original allotment.

  • Scouts (dis)honor

    Tucson, Ariz., development foes are upset by a plan to sell land that was given to the Boy Scouts by a local rancher 30 years ago.

  • Will bulldozers roll into Arizona's Eden?

    Anti-grazing activist Joe Feller is leading the fight against BLM-approved projects in Arizona's Arrastra Mountain Wilderness that include an improved access road to a rancher's inholding.

  • Battle brews over a wilderness mother lode

    Activists are fighting a copper and silver mine planned for underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana.

  • Condor program laden with lead

    Endangered condors reintroduced in the West are dying, many from lead poisoning caused by the bullets in the carcasses they feed on.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Salvage logging plan for Montana's burned Bitterroot forest meets approval; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line approved; experimental program would kill coyotes to save sage grouse in Idaho and Utah; Steven A. Williams new director of USFWS.

  • Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

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