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  • Will the circle be broken?

    The state of Washington is considering logging circles of land set aside in 1997 as habitat for endangered spotted owls.

  • Savage controversy peacefully resolved

    An Oregon irrigation district has agreed to breach the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River.

  • Bonneville trout denied protection

    For the third time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has refused to grant the Bonneville cutthroat trout a place on the endangered species list.

  • Cows to heat homes

    In Oregon's Willamette Valley, electricity for 65 homes will be produced from "bio-gas" from the manure of 400 Holstein cows.

  • Will salt sink an agricultural empire?

    Mike Delamore of the Bureau of Reclamation is trying to solve what seems an impossible problem: draining the salt building up on California's farmland while protecting water quality in the San Francisco Bay Delta.

  • Pollution pickle sours landowner

    Cleaning up asbestos-laden soil around a warehouse owned by the Minot, N.D., Park District may cost the district a lot, with the previous owner long gone and the source of the asbestos, W.R. Grace, now bankrupt.

  • Nuclear storage site splinters Goshutes

    A proposed high-level nuclear waste storage area on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation in western Utah is coming under attack from some tribal critics as well as other opponents.

  • Resort counties push for legal workers

    The Rural Resort Region, a coalition of five Colorado counties, is pressing for a new guest-worker program to legitimize the immigrant workers needed by their resorts.

  • Global market squeezes sheep ranchers

    Foreign competition, low prices and increasing labor costs have sent the U.S. sheep industry into a decline that is felt especially in Idaho.

  • Homeland security drafts rangers

    Western public-land rangers are being pulled from their regular jobs and reassigned back East, guarding federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and serving as temporary sky marshals.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Cheap Canadian lumber imports; Jack Blackwell regional forester in CA; Biologist Gene Schoonveld fears research spread CWD; ELF bombs BLM wild horse facility near Susanville, CA; Colo. voters derail monorail proposal.

  • Outspoken Yellowstone ranger gagged

    Yellowstone seasonal ranger Bob Jackson is first told to be quiet and then sent home for talking about the problem of hunters using salt licks on the park's boundaries to lure deer, elk and grizzly.

  • 'Scholarship, sainthood and simplicity'

    Frank C. Craighead Jr. is remembered as a famous grizzly bear authority, an environmentalist and a writer who lived consistently with his principles.

  • Bringing back the bosque

    Along New Mexico's Middle Rio Grande, pueblo tribes are working to bring back the disappearing bosque - the cottonwood gallery forest that once lined the river, offering habitat, shade and leafy bounty to a dry landscape.

  • My ghost town

    The writer remembers childhood vacations spent in the Utah ghost town of Grafton, and mourns a vanishing personal and regional history.

  • The Arctic: A slave to luck

    In ordinary times, Interior Secretary Gale Norton's lack of honesty about the impact of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would make headlines.

  • Welcome to (your name here), Wyoming

    An auction to sell the former Wyoming boomtown of Jeffrey City leads the writer to muse about other energy boomtowns, such as Gillette and Wright, and how they have become true communities over the years.

  • Ferrets weasel onto public lands

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a BLM plan to release endangered black-footed ferrets on 900 acres in Montana.

  • Agencies tangle over Hells Canyon dams

    In the Northwest, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is fighting with the National Marine Fisheries Service over relicensing three dams in Hells Canyon on the Snake River that the fisheries service says are killing salmon.

  • Utah's Grand Staircase turns 5

    In Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument no longer provokes the noisy protest that attended its founding, but some locals are still waiting to see if tourism will boost the economy.

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