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  • Coal’s other mess

    Even as the air over power plants clears, the coal combustion waste on the ground gets worse – and the EPA seems disinclined to deal with the problem.

  • Apache trout swim ‘full stream’ ahead

    Arizona's state fish is about to become the first fish removed from the endangered species list as a result of successful recovery.

  • Cat Fight on the Border

    Plans to fence as much as possible of the U.S.-Mexico border could derail the return of rare jaguars to the Southwest.

  • The road more traveled

    A Utah road may become a test case for county rights of way on public lands.

  • A Climate Change Solution?

    Pete McGrail believes the volcanic basalt that underlies the Columbia River Basin may hold a cure for global warming: carbon sequestration.

  • Guns R Us

    Westerners have always been deeply in love with their firearms, and gun-shop owners like Ryan Horsley are determined to make sure that nothing comes between them

  • Brave New Hay

    Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa may take over the West, as the company re-engineers the world to conform to its business plan

  • The Silence of the Bees

    Migratory beekeeper John Miller hauls his hives across the West, pollinating everything from almonds to apples, but a nasty parasite and a mysterious disorder are making life much harder for John and his buzzing business partners.

  • The end of ‘analysis paralysis’?

    The Forest Service has overhauled its cumbersome forest-planning process, but many experts say the agency may have gone too far.

  • Navajos pay for industry's mistakes

    The federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act was created to compensate uranium miners and mill workers sickened by their jobs, but on the Navajo Reservation, Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger says the program has proved flawed

  • 'I call (regulations) land stealing ...'

    Dorothy English weighs in on the pros – and cons – of Oregon’s Measure 37

  • Taking Liberties

    The Western states are home to a stealth campaign by libertarians who – under the guise of reforming eminent domain – are out to destroy all land-use planning through "takings" ballot initiatives

  • Magic Valley Uprising

    An unusual grassroots coalition of citizen activists stops a coal-fired merchant power plant from being built in Idaho’s Magic Valley

  • Land of Disenchantment

    A native New Mexican tries to understand the heroin epidemic that is destroying the Hispano community of the Espanola Valley

  • Save Our Snow

    Faced with rising temperatures and a passive federal government, Western towns such as Aspen, Colo., are beginning to work out a local approach to combating global warming

  • Critical Habitat: The Inside Story

    A behind-the-scenes look at the struggle over critical habitat reveals the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be an agency at war with itself

  • Salvage logging speeds up

    With the Forest Service’s Biscuit Fire salvage logging program acknowledged to be a failure, Oregon Reps. Greg Walden and Gordon Smith want to speed up future post-fire logging

  • Restoration-by-poisoning plan shot down

    Just hours before the California Department of Fish and Game planned to poison a Sierra Nevada stream to help restore a threatened trout, a federal court halted the controversial project

  • The Ghosts of Yosemite

    Modern-day scientists, retracing the path of Joseph Grinnell in Yosemite National Park, document conspicuous changes in the natural world and find a culprit unimagined by biologists 100 years ago: global warming

  • Handling griz: How much is enough?

    Increasing numbers of the West’s grizzly bears wear radio collars, and some environmentalists question the necessity of the practice

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