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  • GAO drops a bomb on Yucca Mountain

    A General Accounting Office audit recommends that Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham wait several years to make a decision on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, until studies are complete and serious questions answered.

  • Protecting Arizona's underground wonderland

    Arizona State Parks is fighting a proposal resort near Benson, Ariz., which some fear could harm the nearby Kartchner Caverns.

  • The Latest Bounce

    ANWR drilling plan derailed in Congress; four dams on Lower Snake won't be breached; Montana game rancher Lew Wallace says he'll shoot his elk; Rocky Flats cleanup hits South Carolina roadblock; lawless Thanksgiving in Imperial Sand Dunes, Calif.

  • Gold may bury tribe's path to its past

    The Quechan tribe is fighting the Bush administration's revival of a controversial mine in California's southern Mojave Desert, where Glamis Gold Ltd. plans to mine gold on a site sacred to the tribe.

  • Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity

    Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity

    Bethany Cotton loves working for the environment, but misses life out West.

  • Shrinking salmon

    As salmon runs in the Northwest diminish, the size of individual fish decreases too.

  • Wyoming at a crossroads

    Wyoming’s new governor, Democrat Dave Freudenthal, may have a chance to turn the stagnant state around economically and environmentally, by reducing its dependence on energy and mineral industries.

  • The canyon between us

    A visit to the strange landscape of Utah’s Goosenecks of the San Juan reveals the chasm growing between two people.

  • Heard Around the West

    Bush vs. enviros; logging sequoias; election by the cards; duct tape for wart removal & wallets; 130-year-old hot sauce in Virginia City, Nev.; Japanese outdoor gear hits Boulder; wounded grizzly continues to care for her cubs; and Bigfoot fraud revealed.

  • Building off the grid

    Rex and LaVonne Ewing wrote Logs, Wind and Sun to share what they learned in the process of building their dream house, creating a book that is both informative and enjoyable.

  • How to go with the flow

    Montana Audubon has written an eight-page guide to flood preparation, called Go With the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization.

  • Ranching conference secrets revealed!

    The landmark conference "Ranching West of the 100th Meridian" is now available on four videotapes.

  • A gilded wrinkle in time

    In Cities of Gold, his first historical novel, William K. Hartmann interweaves the conquistadors of the 16th with a contemporary murder mystery in Tucson.

  • Wild tiles

    To celebrate its purchase and renovation of the historic Roxy Theater in Missoula, Mont., the International Wildlife Film Festival is displaying 300 hand-painted ceramic tiles by artist Melanie Jeffs, each representing a donation.

  • Open space initiative offers hope

    The Lake County Open Space Initiative has preserved land around Leadville and created trails for cross-country skiing and other recreation, but some local politicians say it’s snatching up too much private land and water.

  • “They want the workers to be invisible”

    Former Leadville miner Bob Elder decries the exploitation of service workers who have to commute from Leadville to jobs in the resort counties. Jim Zoller, a former miner who now works as Leadville’s police chief, thinks that a lot of his town’s problems

  • Holding open the door to the good life upnorth

    A day spent helping Mexican immigrants apply for matricula personal identification cards leads the writer to believe that the influx of workers from the south is not a threat to the West’s environment.

  • Catch 22

    A plan to restore native pikeminnow and sucker to the San Juan River in New Mexico may end up destroying a world-class trout fishery.

  • Logging for water creates a buzz

    In Colorado, a long-dead notion to clear-cut forests to increase water runoff is resurrected in a time of drought.

  • Budget cuts bury paleontologists

    The new superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument in Jensen, Utah, plans to cut nine positions in the paleontology department and hand over future scientific work to private contractors, much to the outrage of the scientific community.

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