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  • 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.

  • Navajo-Hopi dispute persists

    Hopi officials angered Navajos when they destroyed a Navajo Sun Dance site on Big Mountain, a part of the Hopi Reservation some Navajos lay claim to.

  • Cattle make way for tortoises in the Mojave

    In California's Mojave Desert, local ranchers are angry at the BLM's decision to set aside land in eight grazing allotments, closing them to cattle part of the year to protect the threatened desert tortoise.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Native American Rights Fund wants Interior Secretary Gale Norton charged with contempt; Bitterroot grizzly reintroduction supported by public; Bonneville Power Administration ends power emergency; BLM sued by ORVers; fee demo extension in the works.

  • Wasting disease spreads in Colorado

    In Colorado, Chronic Wasting Disease has spread from infected elk at the Elk Echo Ranch to seven elk ranch herds around the state, and some are afraid it could spread further and infect wild deer and elk.

  • The Rio Grande's unsung diplomat

    Rafter and river advocate Steve Harris tries to work with local farmers to preserve the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

  • High Country News: Friend or foe?

    HCN's associate publisher tries to explain why the paper sometimes prints Writers on the Range columns that readers - and even staff - find wrong-headed or foolish.

  • Trumpeter swans for the taking

    Some fear that a hunt planned for tundra swan in Utah may accidentally target the rare trumpeter as well.

  • Pygmy owls lose one in court

    A federal district judge removes some federal protection for the endangered ferruginous pygmy owl habitat in southwestern Arizona near Tucson.

  • ESA didn't kill firefighters

    An investigative report says that a delay in taking water from the Chewuch River because of the Endangered Species Act did not cause the deaths of four firefighters on the Okanogan forest last July.

  • Power plant creates noisy dispute

    A power plant proposed for rural Canyon County, Idaho, is facing a battle from local critics, who object to the plant's potential noise, among other things.

  • Pigs run hog wild in the Olympics

    Feral pigs are invading the area near Washington's Olympic National Park.

  • Monument of tall trees will stand

    A federal judge rejects a challenge to the existence of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, designated by President Clinton toward the end of his presidency.

  • A graceful gazelle becomes a pest

    Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for big-game hunting on New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range has led to a host of problems, as the animals breed and spread throughout the area.

  • Park boss gored by grazing feud

    Former Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Dennis Ditmanson's attempt to resolve a long-lasting grazing conflict with the ranching Mantle family leads to criticism from staffers and environmentalists.

  • A monorail for the mountains?

    Growing traffic on Colorado's Interstate 70 has some thinking the state should consider building a monorail to ferry people from Denver into the mountains.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Earthjustice appeals ruling about difference between wild and hatchery salmon; Klamath farmers apply for relief; Idaho Supreme Court denies water to wildlife refuge; Mark Rey confirmed as undersecretary of Ag for Natural Resources/Environment.

  • Healing the Gila

    Three years after cows were banned from some Southwestern rivers, the San Francisco River in the Gila National Forest shows signs of recovery, but struggling ranchers and uneven wildlife numbers prove that the struggle over desert grazing is still alive.

  • The smog is lifting

    After decades of cleanup efforts, Denver, Colo., is about to receive clean-air status from the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Rebuilding a road to prosperity

    Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.

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