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  • 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.

  • Minnow melee continues

    A controversial federal-state agreement seeks to share scarce Rio Grande water between the rare silvery minnow and New Mexico farmers.

  • Restoring the Range of Light

    In California, the Forest Service issues a revolutionary management plan for the Sierra Nevada's forests, putting the health of trees and wildlife before that of the timber industry.

  • The man in the rubber boots

    A day spent helping to "bring in the water" on an irrigation ditch leads the writer to muse about the green landscapes in the dry West.

  • Klamath's federal agencies map different realities

    Maps reveal that the Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service have very different views on water use that have long made it difficult for the agencies to work together.

  • Digging for liquid gold

    Many Klamath Basin farmers are drilling wells to supplement their water supply, but more wells may only exacerbate the water shortage by depleting the aquifer.

  • Will farmers harvest a legal take?

    Klamath Basin farmers see a precedent in irrigators in the Tulare Lake Basin, Calif., who sued the federal government, claiming it unfairly took $25 million worth of water when it shut down pumps to protect endangered fish.

  • Predators keep their pelts

    The Colorado Wildlife Commission decides not to allow live-cage trapping and shooting seasons for the swift fox, pine marten and opossum.

  • Depot neighbors are on a short fuse

    Some residents of Herlong, Calif., and other communities near the Sierra Army Depot say the depot's open-air munitions burning harms human health and the environment.

  • Old firefighters need not apply

    Some Forest Service firefighters say a rule requiring firefighters to retire at age 55 cuts longtime seasonal workers out of permanent jobs with health and retirement benefits.

  • Blackfeet bet on wind

    Montana's Blackfeet Indians plan to build the first large-scale wind-energy project on tribal land.

  • Court helps candidates

    The court overturns the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ban on citizen petitions to list candidates for endangered species protection.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Fire czar Lyle Laverty; no gold mine on Wash.'s Buckhorn Mtn.; EPA nixes radioactive waste storage in western Colo.; utilities lobby for nuclear waste site on Goshute Reservation, Utah; Las Vegas to dump more treated wastewater in Lake Mead.

  • Boaters float for their rights

    In Colorado, a group of river rafters float the Lake Fork of the Gunnison in defiance of a landowner who has filed suit to stop them, part of a statewide struggle over access and ownership of rivers.

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