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  • Disappearing railroad blues

    The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.

  • Round two for Steens Mountain development

    John and Cindy Witzel want to build a school for outfitters on the 160 acres they own on Oregon's Steens Mountain, an area also being considered for national monument status.

  • Native Waters

    In Native Waters: Contemporary Indian Water Settlements and the Second Treaty Era, scholar Daniel McCool explores the current struggle by tribes to finally get the water they have long been promised by treaty.

  • This land holds a story the church won't tell

    The Mormon Church would like to buy all of Martin's Cove, Wyo., where Mormon pioneers died 146 years ago, but the writer believes the historical site should stay in the hands of the public, so the full story can be told.

  • One Colorado county takes a stand

    Poor but coal-rich Delta County, Colo., made history when its county commissioners, responding to a determined citizens' movement, voted to deny four coalbed methane test wells and attach conditions to the drilling of a fifth.

  • 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.

  • The Steens Riviera?

    Environmentalists fear the Cooperative Management Act won't protect Oregon's Steens Mountain from development, unless Congress comes through with enough money to buy up private land.

  • We aimed for Russia and hit the West

    The Atomic Energy Commission deliberately lied about radiation dangers to miners and other Westerners.

  • Utah and the Ute Tribe are at war

    Distrust from past betrayals makes Utes stall Utah on Central Utah Project.

  • A Montana county unearths a major welfare queen:itself

    Republican County Commissioner Adam Dahlman discovers that for every dollar Teton County taxpayers pay, $2.50 comes back from the federal government.

  • Road warriors back on the offensive

    The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments

  • A breath of fresh air

    For over 30 years, the Northern Cheyenne have stood firm against energy development and its environmental impacts, but now, faced with crushing poverty, some are starting to think about developing the reservation’s coal and methane resources

  • Break open the gates

    Gated communities; HCN calls readers; visitors; gripes & gun-totin' Democrats

  • Heard Around the West

    Biodiesel pirates; dinosaur bones for sale; archaeological developments; hot weather and cool bankrobbers; what to do with a big dead moose.

  • The luckiest horse in Reno

    After a herd of wild horses is massacred in Nevada, Deanne Stillman ponders the bones in the desert.

  • Conservation groups come and go. Why?

    Pat Munday decries the “professionalization” of environmental groups.

  • Uber Recycling

    Garry and Diann Fulks have been recycling large metal objects for 35 years at their scrap yard in Montrose, Colo.

  • The latest trend in name-calling

    Just because you disagree with someone about energy drilling or off-road vehicles doesn’t mean your opponent is a communist pinko – or an eco-terrorist.

  • Easing into development

    A backroom agreement between the Forest Service and Plum Creek Co. leaves Montana counties out of the picture when it comes to access to and development of national forest inholdings.

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of … game?

    The National Rifle Association wants to enshrine the right to hunt in state constitutions, but even some hunters have their doubts about the wisdom of doing so.

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