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  • Scouts (dis)honor

    Tucson, Ariz., development foes are upset by a plan to sell land that was given to the Boy Scouts by a local rancher 30 years ago.

  • Will bulldozers roll into Arizona's Eden?

    Anti-grazing activist Joe Feller is leading the fight against BLM-approved projects in Arizona's Arrastra Mountain Wilderness that include an improved access road to a rancher's inholding.

  • Battle brews over a wilderness mother lode

    Activists are fighting a copper and silver mine planned for underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana.

  • Condor program laden with lead

    Endangered condors reintroduced in the West are dying, many from lead poisoning caused by the bullets in the carcasses they feed on.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Salvage logging plan for Montana's burned Bitterroot forest meets approval; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line approved; experimental program would kill coyotes to save sage grouse in Idaho and Utah; Steven A. Williams new director of USFWS.

  • Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • Cheney picks former aide to oversee parks, BLM,wildlife

    The Bush administration picks Wyoming resident Paul Hoffman to run the BLM as assistant secretary of the Interior for fish, wildlife and parks.

  • Here lies the Rio Grande

    The last issue of the "Imagine a River" series on the Rio Grande examines how the river has become the "Rio Wimpy," running out of water twice before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The West can govern itself

    In his new book, "This Sovereign Land," Daniel Kemmis argues that it is time for the national government to give local governments more power over public lands in the West.

  • Can cows and grouse coexist on the range?

    Colorado rancher Brad Phelps believes that cattle and sage grouse can live together, but biologists, environmentalists and other ranchers continue to argue over exactly what impact grazing has.

  • Chick-a-boom-boom at the lek

    Male sage grouse gather at leks to dance in front of females in elaborate mating displays.

  • Yucca Mountain debate goes nuclear

    The battle over storing nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is heating up in Congress as well as in Nevada and the West.

  • Why the bad rap for Mormons?

    A Utah resident wonders why so many non-Mormons have such weird ideas about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Indian trust is anything but

    Blackfeet tribal member and banker Elouise Cobell writes about her legal battle to make the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Interior Department accountable for millions of dollars missing from Indian trust funds.

  • Grand Canyon plan relaunched

    A revision of Grand Canyon National Park's River Management Plan is back on track after former superintendent Robert Arnberger dropped it in 1997 because of the controversy it aroused.

  • Scoot over, farms - ducks are moving in

    In Boundary Creek, Idaho, locals are at odds over the flooding of good farmland to create wetlands for the new Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area.

  • Sparring over elk imports

    The Colorado Wildlife Commission wants to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease by requiring all elk imports to be certified as disease-free for 60 months.

  • Snowmobilers rev up for roadless riding

    In Montana's Centennial Valley, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest is delaying a decision to manage as wilderness Mount Jefferson, an area increasingly popular with, and impacted by, snowmobiles.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah's Skull Valley nuclear storage site; Wyoming Game & Fish bails on black-tailed prairie dog plan; lynx-hair fracas continues; Arizona wants to sell power to New Mexico; La Verkin, Utah, repeals anti-U.N. ordinance.

  • No game plan for the public lands

    Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.

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