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  • BLM director forced to resign

    Martha Hahn is forced out of her job as Idaho state director of the BLM, largely because she backed grazing cutbacks in the Owyhee Mountains.

  • Collaboration may prevent conflagration in Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Eric Schaeffer resigns from EPA in protest; BLM withdraws approval of Nevada kitty-litter mine; Colorado lynx may not be reproducing; judge says Klamath Tribe has oldest water rights; timber companies want protection of northern spotted owl reconsidered.

  • Can 'charter forests' remake an agency?

    The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.

  • How I lost my town

    The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.

  • In the grip of Ungulate Fever

    Life in western Colorado leads to many close encounters with deer and elk, both living and dead.

  • Westerners share a different reality

    A "time" magazine column about satellite radio that described the New Jersey Turnpike as "the middle of nowhere" provides unintentional humor to Westerners who know the real meaning of nowhere.

  • You can call mine Mortgage Manor

    A new database that allows one to register the fancy names of luxury homes for $75 a house will not get a lot of use by those who live in houses with names like Sagging Floor and Mortgage Manor.

  • Marijuana's boring sibling

    Agricultural or industrial hemp lacks the psychoactive qualities of marijuana, but the DEA refuses to make a distinction.

  • Who's bringing home the bacon?

    The Environmental Working Group has put together a Web site that lists the amounts of federal subsidies farmers have received since the 1996 Farm Bill was passed.

  • Montana revved up about snowmobile agreement

    Snowmobilers and wilderness advocates come to an agreement on motorized access in Montana's Flathead National Forest.

  • Colorado oil shale gets a second look

    Royal Dutch/Shell wants to take another crack at producing petroleum from oil shale in northwestern Colorado's Piceance Basin, but local towns such as Parachute are wary, remembering the last energy boom and bust in the region.

  • Lawsuit is for the dogs

    The Montana Shooting Sports Association is fighting a BLM ban on prairie dog hunting intended to save habitat for the endangered blackfooted ferret.

  • Development threatens historic town

    Critics say that Washington's Growth Management Act failed to do its job in protecting small towns like Roslyn, which will soon see its population quintupled by the development of the MountainStar Resort.

  • Bull trout get some help

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to designate critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.

  • EPA wants to supersize Idaho Superfund site

    State and federal officials fight over how to clean up Idaho's Silver Valley, where mining pollution has spread past the Bunker Hill Superfund Site into Lake Coeur d'Alene and a huge swath of northern Idaho.

  • Tug-of-war over water

    The Colorado Legislature is mulling over a bill that would allow farmers and cities to retain rights to any water they leave instream for fish and boaters.

  • Ghost of the Selkirks fading fast

    The last herd of mountain caribou in the U.S. is down to 30-some animals, and biologists and conservationists say lack of funds stalls rescue work.

  • Is a coal mine pumping the Hopi dry?

    Hopi Indians fear that Peabody Western Coal is draining the aquifer that provides their water even as the company's royalties bring money to the reservation.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Nevada sues over Yucca Mountain; lawsuit against Enron involves Taylor Ranch in Colo.'s San Luis Valley; Blackfeet Tribe's wind-power project stalls; Mark Warren Sands sentenced for torching homes in Ariz.; Steve Huffaker heads Idaho Fish and Game.

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