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  • Wasting disease sneaks south

    Chronic wasting disease has appeared in an isolated herd of mule deer on southern New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range.

  • Yucca heads for the courts

    The Senate's approval of a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain means the struggle moves on to its next phase, in the courts.

  • L.A.'s rivers get some respect

    A new bill may turn the lower Los Angeles River and the San Gabriel River in Los Angeles into one of the country's few urban national parks.

  • Sound science or red tape?

    Conservationists say the "Sound Science Planning Act" - a proposed amendment to the Endangered Species Act - could weaken the roles of U.S. wildlife agencies in deciding which species receive federal protection.

  • Land or money?

    After generations of struggle, the Western Shoshone decide in a divisive election to accept land settlement payments from the federal government in lieu of the tribe's ancestral lands, which one spanned the Great Basin.

  • Life amid fire - the mundane and the macabre

    A Durango, Colo., resident writes about how life goes on as the Missionary Ridge Fire continues to blaze just outside his town.

  • The tail of a dragon?

    Fire specialists fear that giant wildfires such as the Rodeo-Chediski in Arizona and the Hayman Fire in Colorado may become more common in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest.

  • Prescribed burns tame the beast

    Fighting fire with fire is becoming more common in the West, as the Forest Service uses prescribed burns to tackle wildfires.

  • Re-opening Glen Canyon's floodgates

    Conservationists say it's time for another flood of the Colorado River through Glen Canyon Dam to restore beaches and habitat downstream in Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Southwest drought desiccates fish before farmers

    The agreement between state and federal agencies to keep a "minimum flow" of water in New Mexico's Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers has failed to do the job in this year's severe drought.

  • Scientists uncover a weevil gourmand

    Flower-head weevils released in Colorado's Gunnison National Forest to eat invasive Canada thistles seem to prefer other thistles instead and have no impact on the weeds.

  • No ranchettes for the rest of us in Jackson

    Jackson, Wyo., citizens have rejected a development planned for a ranch near the town, but the problem of where to house people in resort towns - especially working people - won't go away.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton; Calif. gnatcatcher, San Diego fairy shrimp habitat protected; Pacific fishermen sue to force habitat designation for salmon; charter forest demo project bill in Colo. Legislature; Clinton roadless rule.

  • Big stink over factory farms

    In Utah, a new law prevents counties from making factory farms criminally liable for their impacts on local communities.

  • Salty solution for Bay wildlife

    California's San Francisco Bay may become the site of the country's second-largest coastal wetland restoration project, if all goes according to plan.

  • A landslide suit for salmon

    An Oregon environmental coalition is suing the state saying that 20-foot-wide logging buffers besides streams do little to prevent landslides in salmon habitat.

  • White River Forest plan friend to all - and to none

    The final management plan for Colorado's White River National Forest has conservationists, recreationists and water users all complaining about it.

  • The anatomy of fire

    A visit to the biggest forest fire in Colorado history - the Hayman Fire - and time spent with some of those battling it leads the author to speculate on the mystery and complexity of humanity's relationship with fire.

  • In the lion's eye

    Personal tale of a biologist in southeastern Idaho who had a mountain lion as her guardian during a bout with the flu.

  • Restoring the West, goat by goat

    Lani Lamming of Wyoming leases goats to conscientious landowners who have discovered the benefits of organic weed control.

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