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  • Klamath water worth more in river

    A U.S. Geological Survey study, suppressed by the Interior Department in October, says that recreation adds more than agriculture to the economy of the Klamath River Basin.

  • Condit Dam removal hits snags

    Plans to take down Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington are stalled over the problem of what to do about the sediment that has backed up behind the dam.

  • Cowboys fight oil and gas drillers

    Fed up with energy companies and the BLM, several ranchers in northwestern New Mexico have locked their gates, blocking private roads to natural gas wells.

  • Farmers band together to stave off sprawl

    In California’s Central Valley, farmers are working together to create "farmland security perimeters" to protect their land from development.

  • Election Bounce

    Beef checkoff rule upheld by courts; California red-legged frog loses critical habitat; Hanford’s Fast Flux Test Facility will not be shut down; Neal McCaleb announces resignation as director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and EPA eases rules on coal-fir

  • Outside the agency, it’s a cold, cruelworld

    Displaced federal employees may find it difficult to adapt to work in the private sector.

  • Administration, industry stamp out clean airregs

    The auto industry, backed by the Bush administration, is trying to halt California’s progressive auto-emissions regulations.

  • Life in the wasteland

    Eureka, Utah, a struggling former mining town, was named a Superfund priority site in September, but the Environmental Protection Agency is running out of funds for cleanup, and the Bush administration shows no interest in replacing them.

  • Farewell, whoopers, Western skies aren't big enough for you

    The last whooping crane west of the Mississippi is dead, and the skies of the West are poorer for the loss

  • Wherever you go, sprawl isn't far behind

    A lifetime spent in California demonstrates how our flight from sprawl and development leads to more sprawl and development wherever we go

  • Across the Columbia, a game of catch-up

    Vancouver, Wash., has a rapidly growing population, many of them people who can't afford to live where they work, across the river in Portland, Ore.

  • New Urbanism creates living communities

    Orenco Station, a new development in a suburb of Portland, uses principles of the New Urbanism movement to create a vibrant, livable community

  • Ed Marston to the West: Grow up!

    A profile of Ed Marston, the outgoing publisher of High Country News, describes his path from East Coast physics professor to a small-town Colorado environmentalist publisher unusually sympathetic to ranchers

  • Colorado community battles a toxic shipment

    Residents of the Canon City, Colo., suburb of Lincoln Park are fighting the proposed delivery of radioactive soil from a New Jersey Superfund site to the Cotter Corp. uranium mill

  • New ski resort goes big

    The luxurious WestRock Resort is now under construction, 90 miles north of Boise, despite continued opposition from environmentalist and citizens' groups

  • Did the BLM Spike New Mexico's ditches?

    Herbicide spread by BLM land managers on range near Malaga, N.M., has washed into the Black River, contaminating a diversion ditch and killing nearby farmers' crops and trees

  • Clinton-era monuments weather court challenge

    A federal court rules that Pres. Clinton did, in fact, have the authority to create six national monuments in four Western states

  • Report slams BLM's land-exchange process

    A new report criticizes the BLM's handing of land swaps, saying the process is "politicized" and results in the loss of federal money and natural resources

  • Silver state gets a little wilder

    A new bill designates 450,000 acres of wilderness in Nevada, but makes it easier for Las Vegas to grow by withdrawing other land from wilderness consideration

  • Feds bail on snowmobile ban

    The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks

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