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  • Environmentalists fight chemical weapons burns

    Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.

  • Golfers may oust eagles

    The plan for a golf course and housing development on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyo., would allow the developer to displace or kill up to 18 bald eagles.

  • Independent ranchers fight corporate control

    Montana ranchers Steve and Jeanne Charter say that mandatory "checkoff" payments, taken from cattle sales to promote the beef industry, favor corporate and foreign producers at the expense of small and independent ranchers.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Groups appeal White River Plan; Wyoming Game and Fish wants dual classification for gray wolf; judge orders BuRec to release Rio Grande water; Interior Sec. and Assistant Sec. held in contempt; woman's body strapped to hood of vehicle.

  • It's open season on New Mexico's bears

    The black bear population of New Mexico's Sandia and Manzano mountains is already under stress from nearby population growth and development, but the state's Game Commission wants to keep an extended fall bear hunting season.

  • Delta Blues

    CALFED, a huge Clinton-era project designed to restore the California Delta, now seems to be stalled and unraveling under an indifferent Bush administration.

  • Working among the West's newcomers

    New Western immigrants - illegal or not - often work hard in odd places, following the American dream.

  • Some see economic upside in loss of farm water

    Fallowing land in California's Imperial Valley may temporarily put farmworkers out of work, but in the long run the extra money could help diversify the local economy and produce more skilled and permanent jobs.

  • Sherman Alexie in his own words

    Writer Sherman Alexie talks about Hollywood, tokenism and being an Indian.

  • The big show with braids

  • A modest forest proposal for President Bush

    Pres. Bush can talk about "common sense" forest management all he wants, but until he --- and the rest of us - use common sense in our forests, wildfires and other problems will keep happening.

  • High Plains Films

  • With golden cottonwoods

  • A cow of a time

    "Bovines or Biodiversity: The National Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Grazing," is this year's RangeNet conference, set in Boise, Idaho, October 9.

  • 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.

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