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  • New dump may trash Tacoma's water

    Local critics worry that a new landfill may pollute drinking water used by Eatonville and Tacoma, Wash.

  • Texaco spill leaves residents fuming

    Some citizens of Sunburst, Mont., feel that Texaco has not done enough to clean up an underground gasoline pool left from a toxic spill 46 years ago.

  • Organics, timber cut healthy deal

    The town of Williams, Ore., wants to buy a nearby forest owned by Boise Cascade to protect local organic farms from herbicide chemicals used in spraying.

  • Nevada tribe says kitty litter plan stinks

    The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of Hungry Valley, Nev., is fighting Oil-Dri Corporation's plan to mine clay on nearby public land and process it into kitty litter.

  • Gas industry gambles on New Mexico mesa

    Critics warn that plans to drill for natural gas may harm New Mexico's remote Otero Mesa and the biological integrity of its Chihuahuan Desert grasslands.

  • Congress may agree on fees

    The Senate mulls over extending the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program until 2006.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Kathleen Clarke picked as BLM head; USFWS and enviro groups agree to speed up ESA listings; Mont. Gov. Judy Martz wants to shrink Missouri Breaks monument; Bonanza, Ore., sues irrigators and agencies for polluting its water.

  • Cease-fire on the Tonto Forest

    In Arizona, Tonto National Forest bans recreational shooting on 81,000 acres of "urban interface," where the forest meets the burgeoning Phoenix-like cities.

  • Integrity and passion

    Arizona biologist and teacher W.L. Minckley is remembered as a man of integrity and passion.

  • The rise and fall of a desert stream

    In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

  • A former oilman says no to drilling in theArctic

    Writer and geologist Rick Bass calls on the Senate to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling, keeping this extraordinary refuge a true and untouched refuge.

  • Fire plan gets a scolding

    The government's General Accounting Office criticizes the $1.6 billion National Fire Plan approved by Congress last September.

  • Drawing a line in the mud

    In Colorado, The Nature Conservancy begins a battle against the exotic invader tamarisk, hoping to make the San Miguel River tamarisk-free before the plant takes over entirely.

  • Neighbors get nasty in New Mexico

    An armed encounter erupts between environmental activist Deirdre Wolf and local rancher Alex Thal over whether a road through her property near Silver City, N.M., is public or private.

  • Four-wheelin' for fee

    Four-wheel-drive recreationists protest the Forest Service's new $5 per vehicle fee to enter Canyon Creek near Ouray, Colorado.

  • Who mans forest flows?

    The Forest Service's right to demand "bypass flows" - leaving enough water in streams tapped for human uses to keep fish and wildlife healthy - may not survive the Bush administration.

  • A-LP gets federal A-OK

    A revised and scaled-down version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project appears poised to become reality at last.

  • Utah town goes 'U.N. free'

    La Verkin, Utah, declares itself a "U.N. Free Zone" in a controversial ordinance that would have required U.N. supporters to identify themselves as "U.N. Agents," file "activity reports" and pay unspecified fees.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA); Interior Dept. still in mess over Indian trust accounts; law firm hired by government for Yucca Mtn. also lobbies for nuclear industry; Bush may roll back Clinton-era restriction on coal-fired power plants.

  • Showdown on the Nevada range

    The Sagebrush Rebellion smolders when the BLM impounds and tries to auction off cattle owned by ranchers Ben Colvin and Jack Vogt for refusing to pay for grazing allotments.

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