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  • 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 differentrealities

    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.

  • 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.

  • No refuge in the Klamath Basin

    In the Klamath River Basin on the Oregon-California border, farmers, Indians, wildlife refuges and now three endangered fish are fighting over scant water in a dry year, and some say the Endangered Species Act only makes the situation worse.

  • Out of the woods, blithe spirit

    An Idaho writer has a humorous take on the Rainbow Tribe Gathering in the state and the horrified overreaction of politicians, ranchers, Forest Service, environmentalists and Indians.

  • Bush fails to defend roadless rule

    Clinton's roadless plan for national forests has stalled out, caught in a Bush-era legal and bureaucratic labyrinth.

  • Wetland degrader swims in murky waters

    The EPA has taken Idaho rancher John Simpson to court for clearing debris and beaver dams out of a channel of the Salmon River, although endangered salmon have since spawned in the channel, complicating the issue.

  • Snowmobile ban stalled

    The Bush administration wants to "re-evaluate" Clinton's ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

  • Logging cut short for salmon

    The National Marine Fisheries Service must re-examine how logging affects endangered salmon before 24 federal timber sales can proceed in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Indigenous group seeks citizenship

    A bill before Congress will grant citizenship to Tohono O'odham Indians, whose traditional land is divided by the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • A 'shroom boom rises from the ashes

    Last summer's wildfires cleared the ground for a boom in commercial mushroom-picking on Montana's national forests.

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