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  • Doomed park bill just a tool of politicos

    The strange history of a controversial parks bill demonstrates that Washington politics often have little to do with actual legislation.

  • Yellowstone cutbacks bring out the politicians

    Yellowstone Park Superintendent Mike Finley's closure of campgrounds and museums because of budget problems leads to irate responses from Wyoming politicians.

  • Strapped parks look for money

    National parks feeling the budget squeeze look for corporate financial help.

  • A green Republican makes a run

    Environmentalist Robin Silver of Phoenix makes a bid for the Republican slot for Arizona's 4th Congressional District.

  • Dead salmon do more than stink

    Studies by fish biologist Bob Bilby highlight the important role that dead salmon play in Northwestern river ecosystems.

  • New rules seek to cap canyon flights

    The Clinton administration's attempt to increase flight-free zones in Grand Canyon upsets air-tour operators and conservationists who say the new rules aren't tough enough.

  • Crane hunt is contested

    Idaho approves a sandhill crane hunt to appease farmers who are losing crops to the birds.

  • Marvel wins a round

    The Idaho Supreme Court rules that the State Land Board erred in granting a grazing lease to a Challis rancher who had been outbid by anti-grazing activist Jon Marvel.

  • Yellowstone mine a goner

    The Crown Butte Mine Co. agrees to give up its mine project near Yellowstone in exchange for unspecified land elsewhere.

  • Dear Friends

    Celebration of essayists; visitors; deaths of Seth Diamond and Paul Shepard; corrections.

  • Logging starts - and stops again - in Southwest

    The Forest Service tries to lift an injunction against logging on 11 national forests in Arizona and New Mexico, but a federal judge orders the chainsaws silent again until the question of the Mexican spotted owl is addressed.

  • 'Takings': Lobbyists love it, the public doesn't

    Despite opposition and apathy from the public, "takings" legislation continues to appear in Congress.

  • Marching to stop a Montana mine

    A coalition of ranchers and Montana tribes leads a 600-mile march to protest a gold mine in Montana's Sweet Grass Hills.

  • Animas-La Plata hits a wall in the House

    The House of Representatives votes to halt funding for Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project.

  • Prayers generate hope and bring showers

    The drought helps spur a religious resurgence for traditional Navajos, as shown by a ceremony on Colorado's Hesperus Peak, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Navajo lore.

  • Drought has Navajos discussing a taboo subject - range reform

    The Southwest's drought has Navajos discussing overgrazing on the reservation and the need for range reform.

  • Feds set "terrible precedent' with Kolob Canyon settlement

    An out-of-court settlement with public agencies will give more than $2 million to survivors of an outing in Utah's Kolob Canyon that killed two Explorer Scout leaders.

  • BIA comes under fire - again

    In one of the largest class action suits ever filed against the federal government, 300,000 Native Americans are demanding a full statement of their individual Indian Money Accounts from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

  • A cellular call of the wild

    The installation of cellular transmitters in Yellowstone National Park means hikers can now use cellular phones on the trails.

  • Dear friends

    Consensus issue reprinted, odds and ends, summer visitors, looking for lost freelancers.

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