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  • A silver lining

    University of Montana economist Thomas Michael Power says the mining reform bill proposed by Rep. Nick Rahall will help the West economically.

  • Ski resort slides into financial pit

    The U.S. Forest Service cancells a special-use permit for the Valbois ski resort in Idaho.

  • Once more, for the sturgeon

    Operators at Montana's Libby Dam will again try to keep the Kootenai River white sturgeon off the endangered species list.

  • Begging for windmills

    Public Service Company of Colorado is asking its customers to pay an additional fee to research renewable energy sources.

  • Washington author freed from jail

    Author Rik Scarce is released from jail after refusing to talk to a judge about the Animal Liberation Front's involvement in vandalism at Washington State University.

  • Utah fights Umetco

    Utahns urge Colorado Gov. Romer not to allow Umetco to dump radioactive waste at Uravan, Colo.

  • Defunct refinery fouls Wyoming river

    The Sierra Club charges that a Texaco oil refinery is polluting the North Platte River in Wyoming.

  • Wyoming ranch changes hands

    Ownership of the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming will be transferred to The Nature Conservancy.

  • Hail to the chief

    Wildlife biologist Jack Ward Thomas is appointed as the new chief of the Forest Service.

  • Golden opportunity splits rural town

    The possible construction of the Crown Jewel mine divides a community in Okanogan County, Wash.

  • Babbitt seeks local approach to grazing reform

    A group of Colorado ranchers and environmentalists tell Bruce Babbitt they can solve grazing reform gridlock.

  • Human activity must yield to bears

    The Forest Service changes reduces logging and roadbuilding in Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park in order to protect grizzly habitat.

  • Butte, Montana, seeks a new life

    Butte wants to transform its Superfund mine cleanup into a tourist attraction.

  • Some in West want Bruce Babbitt's head

    A group of ranchers calls for Bruce Babbitt's resignation, charging misconduct and dirty politics.

  • Seeking Treasure in Butte's trash

    Metanetix, Mycotech and other companies see opportunity in cleaning up Butte's Superfund site.

  • Epidemic isn't over

    Hantavirus is still a potent epidemic in many western states.

  • California developer gets warm Colorado welcome

    A California developer proposes a huge resort development in North Park, Colo.

  • Groups blast recovery plan for four salmon runs

    A Snake River Chinook Recovery Team plan to truck salmon downstream does more to protect hydropower than fish, critics say.

  • Office bombed in Nevada

    A bomb explodes at the Bureau of Land Management office in Reno.

  • More talk about wolves

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends its deadline for public comment on the wolf restoration project in Yellowstone.

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