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  • Rough riding

    A new report, the ATV Safety Crisis Report, blames off-road vehicles for death and injury and suggests that their use should be regulated.

  • Traveling dunes

    Photographer Andrew Harvey has created the Algodones Photographic Tour to draw attention to California's Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area and protect it from ATV use.

  • Museum collections hit the roof

    Lack of adequate storage for artifacts in museums throughout Colorado and the West is creating a messy backlog that could eventually stall construction projects on public lands.

  • Toxic fish taint tribal diet

    A new study shows Columbia River fish to be contaminated with chemicals that could harm the health of the Native Americans that eat them.

  • Drought unearths a water dinosaur

    "The Big Straw" - a massive, extravagant scheme to bring water from Colorado's Western Slope to its crowded Front Range, is being seriously reconsidered in a state faced with drought and a growing population.

  • The Latest Bounce

    BLM reconsiders approval of coalbed methane leases in Wyoming; Montana judge says salty groundwater from coalbed methane wells is not pollutant; California's Cadiz water project gets go-ahead; Valles Caldera National Preserve, N.M.,opens grazing.

  • The BLM stabs at a tired land

    Near Farmington, N.M., some local ranchers and environmentalists are fighting a push to greatly increase oil and gas drilling in the area's San Juan Basin.

  • The Royal Squeeze

    California's Imperial Valley is under pressure to reduce the amount of Colorado River water it uses for irrigation, but some fear changes could inadvertently dry up the Salton Sea, imperiling birds and animals that depend on it.

  • When nature calls, don't follow your instincts

    For environmental as well as aesthetic reasons, parks like Grand Teton in Wyoming are doing away with wilderness outhouses, and requesting hikers to use "poop bags" to pack out human waste.

  • Bush's energy push meets unintended consequences

    The Bush administrations' push to drill and drill yet more in the West is likely to have surprising consequences, arousing even some Republicans to protest.

  • A NIMBY and proud of it

    The term "NIMBY" is used as a term of abuse, but the writer says that when it comes to things like coalbed methane drilling on Colorado's Western Slope, he is eager and proud to declare: NOT IN MY BACKYARD.

  • The other firefighters

    Fire-proofing houses is a thriving new business in Durango, Colorado's fire-prone forests, but the only real solution to the problem is to quit building in the urban-wildland interface, many say.

  • Closing the loop

    On the Navajo Reservation, Indigenous Community Enterprises is using thinned small trees from fire-prone, overgrown forests to build hogans for housing - and the tribal economy as well.

  • The Latest Bounce

    180 lynx to be released in Colorado; stricter noise rules in Grand Canyon; Bureau of Indian Affairs to create federal Indian Energy and Minerals office; bark beetles hit Arizona pinon pines.

  • EPA puts cleanup in local hands

    The planned Superfund cleanup of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene is taken from the EPA and given to a controversial new local commission, although the Coeur d'Alene Tribe says it will force the EPA to take back the project, if necessary.

  • Chasing hope amid the hedonists

    At the Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, an eccentric city is created and then destroyed, and lives are sometimes changed along the way.

  • Presidential hopeful plays with fire

    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is in hot water over his attempt to appeal-proof a controversial thinning project in his home state, but the situation is more complicated than his gleeful Republican opponents admit.

  • Hot town, summer in the city

    Living with drought in cities such as Denver, Colo., has its challenges.

  • Bikers waffle on wilderness

    In California, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is leery of a new proposal to designate two and half million acres of wilderness in the state.

  • A fish is a fish is a fish - or is it?

    A draft policy released by the National Marine Fisheries Service in July does little to resolve the controversy over whether hatchery salmon and steelhead deserve equal protection with wild fish.

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