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  • Cat trouble dogs Flagstaff

    Mountain lion advocates protest the Arizona Game and Fish Department's decision to kill two lions that had followed hikers and threatened dogs on the edge of Flagstaff.

  • 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.

  • Recreation-fee foes catch an agency fumble

    The Forest Service has been illegally collecting recreation fees at thousands of sites in the West, instead of the 100 places allowed under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.

  • Biologists caught in the crosshairs

    Seven wildlife biologists are in trouble for giving to a lab hair samples of what were supposed to be from wild Canada lynx in Washington but actually belonged to captive ones and a bobcat.

  • Will listing hurt the Colorado lynx?

    The Canada lynx is listed as threatened, but some fear the decision not to list the Southern Rockies lynx as a "distinct population segment" will hamper its recovery chances in Colorado.

  • A neighborhood for Aspen's 'middle' class

    Aspen developer John McBride's North Forty housing development aims to create a community for the ski resort's 'middle' class.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Utah Rep. Jim Hansen to retire; Kathleen Clarke confirmed as new BLM director; Ore. coast coho back under federal protection; Fort Irwin, CA Army training range expanded; Yellowstone ranger Bob Jackson back to work.

  • Judge puts kibosh on logging plan

    A federal judge rules that the Burn Area Recovery Plan, which would log Montana's Bitterroot National Forest, must be put on hold until the Forest Service gives the public a chance to appeal.

  • Unranchers gain ground

    The Arizona Supreme Court says the state land department can't deny conservation groups the right to bid on state grazing leases.

  • Joy Belsky: 'She made us better'

    Oregon range ecologist Joy Belsky is remembered with admiration by friends and opponents alike.

  • Finding the words

    Across the West, Native Americans are working to revive vanishing tribal languages, using their elders and language-immersion schools to try to gain fluent speakers.

  • Cybermapping the West - a new view

    A ramble through cyberspace paints an interesting "cybermap" of the West on the Web.

  • No go on state land reform

    Citing internal disagreement, a coalition has abandoned plans to put an initiative to preserve Arizona state trust lands on the 2002 ballot.

  • Show me the water

    The California state assembly says developers will have to prove they have water rights before they receive final approval for new subdivisions.

  • Griz numbers a mixed bag

    Federal biologists say the threatened Yellowstone grizzly population is healthy and increasing, but conservationists say the bears still face many long-term risks.

  • Ridgetop home may be toppled

    In Park City, Utah, county planners are fighting to stop Bruce Daley's planned hilltop home, and Daley is fighting back with a lawsuit against Summit County.

  • Pesky pike persist

    Exotic pike have reappeared in California's Lake Davis, just 18 months after the lake was poisoned in a controversial plan, and now the state is considering underwater explosions to keep the pike from heading downstream.

  • A price tag for protest

    The Oregon Department of Forestry wants to charge protesters for timber that can't be cut in forests such as the Tillamook, where tree-sitting activists have held longtime protests.

  • Quincy collaboration heads to court

    The Quincy Library Group plans a lawsuit to challenge the Sierra Nevada Framework, which the group says has "killed" its own collaborative plan for national forest management.

  • A crowded Washington wilderness gets ugly

    Activist Martha Hall accuses area outfitters of trashing northern Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, which has been discovered and overrun by recreationists.

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