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  • 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.

  • Chinook tribe loses recognition

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs rescinds the official federal status of the Chinook Indian tribe.

  • Suit may hamstring wildland firefighters

    Firefighters are worried that a lawsuit filed against the Forest Service, blaming the agency for the loss of homes near Connor, Mont., may make it harder to use backfires to fight wildfires.

  • New desert town no home to the fringe-toedlizard

    The planned Joshua Hills development in Southern California could hurt neighboring Joshua Tree National Park and the Coacella Valley Preserve, the only remaining home of the endangered fringe-toed lizard.

  • Mi rio, mi agua

    Tension is rising between Mexico and the U.S. over the little water left in the drought-stricken Rio Grande.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow; Park Service deliberating about snowmobiles; Thomas Slonake's resignation from Indian Trust Accounts forced; Organization of American States' Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Mary and Carrie Dann.

  • Blame game sheds little light on fires

    The Forest Service blames environmentalists for this summer's catastrophic Western wildfires, and although Greens reply that the agency is actually at fault, the push for more logging is growing in Congress.

  • The Great Western Apocalypse

    Record-breaking heat and drought are frying the West, and scientist John Harte of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colo., warns that this summer is only the kick-off for what global warming is likely to bring.

  • Don't proclaim the West is dead until you've met aMexican motorcyclist with a wooden leg

    The best way to meet the true West is to explore its small towns and especially its smoky bars, and listen to the stories of the folks who gather there.

  • Montana's governor is a poor choice to lead theWest

    The Western Governors Association made a serious mistake when it selected as its leader Montana Gov. Judy Martz, R, the least qualified member in terms of experience, personality and results.

  • Another way to win back land

    The Timbisha Shoshone have won control of 314 acres with water rights in California's Death Valley National Park, and have gained shared management responsibilities for another 300,000 acres in the park, along with 7,400 acres of nearby federal land.

  • Can money buy happiness?

    Some Native Americans warn that the unexpected arrival of money in the form of claim payments can have harmful impacts on impoverished tribes.

  • Lewis and Clark revisited

    The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition plans to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with a get-together examining the connections between the explorers, Native Americans and salmon.

  • It's the dog days for prairie dogs

    Conservation groups petition to list the white-tailed prairie dog as endangered, but the species is unlikely to be listed because the agency is laready backlogged.

  • N.D. court ruling rescinds tribal authority

    North Dakota farmer Roger Shea hoped to prevent a dam on the Maple River by giving the Chippewa Indians title to his land, but the state Supreme Court rules that the state may condemn tribal land.

  • Land plan attracts an anti-grazing gorilla

    A draft plan by Moffat County, Colo., commissioners to turn over control of 1.7 million acres of federal land to local trustees draws the ire of environmentalist Jon Marvel of the Western Watersheds Project.

  • River town gets into fish business

    Glendive, Mont., is rebuilding its economy on the paddlefish in the nearby Yellowstone River and the caviar that comes from their eggs.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Water-hungry Idaho power plants are turned down; wind power project on the Nevada Test Site is canceled; livestock-eating wolves on Idaho's Sawtooth Nat'l Recreation Area are protected; USFS plans to log 72,000 acres burned in AZ's Rodeo-Chediski fire.

  • Who speaks for the farmers?

    In southern Oregon's Klamath Basin, some local farmers are upset with the Klamath Water Users Association for helping to kill a Farm Bill amendment that would have made it easier for them to sell their land to the federal government.

  • 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.

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