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  • A new breed of artists depicts Montana - cyanide leach fields and all

    Contemporary Montana artists create protest art as they try to depict the real Montana.

  • Heard around the West

    Geology lessons in Grand Teton National Park, 13-year-old Buddhist lama in Wyoming, camouflage lingerie, California theme parks, Moab's sarcastic police blotter, abduction by aliens in Arizona, close encounters with bears and porcupines.

  • Park Service preys on lake trout

    Yellowstone Park begins an open season on the proliferating lake trout, in an attempt to aid threatened cutthroat trout.

  • A tree did it

    Two summer power blackouts in the West are caused by wayward trees.

  • Endangered salmon leave rafters dry

    Idaho rafting companies challenge a Forest Service plan to keep boats off the upper Salmon River while salmon are spawning.

  • 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.

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