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  • Squeezing Water from a Stone

    With only a tiny share of the Colorado River available to it, Las Vegas decides to get the water it needs from elsewhere in the state – underneath the rural high-desert Basin and Range country

  • Super-sized dam could be a cash register for California farmers

    The Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to deliver more water to California’s Central Valley Project than it actually has, and is considering raising Shasta Dam to provide it

  • Industry walks a fuzzy line between preservation and extortion

    EnCana Oil and Gas offers to pay for offsite mitigation in Wyoming in exchange for intensive drilling rights in the Jonah Field

  • As Washington waffles, Western states go green

    Western state legislatures boost wildlife and green energy, even as Washington, D.C., remains hooked on fossil fuels

  • In a run-down neighborhood, there's lots of love

    In a hardscrabble neighborhood in northeast Denver, Lorraine Granado fights for environmental justice

  • Write-off on the Range

    In Montana’s Madison County, Reid Rosenthal uses conservation easements to help the land — and make his investors rich

  • Troubled — and shallow — waters on the West's largest river

    The Columbia River Basin's serious drought means a hard choice between fish and hydropower

  • Libby tested environmentalists, who came up short

    The writer says environmentalists cared so much about wildlife and public lands that they missed a deadly mess in Libby, Montana

  • Where were the environmentalists when Libby needed them most?

    The story of Libby, Montana, where hundreds have died from mining pollution, raises questions about the environmental movement itself.

  • A Lively Exchange with the Interior Department

    Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and HCN's Editors enjoy a lively exchange

  • The conservation hall of fame is too small

    The brothers Stewart and Mo Udall are two of the West’s conservation heroes, and their sons, Rep. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado, have very large shoes to fill in their own work for the Western landscape

  • The Coyote Caucus Takes the West to Washington

    Stewart and Mo Udall were Western conservation giants. Now the West looks to their sons to bridge today’s social and political divides and create a conservation legacy of their own

  • Udall patriarch laments startling changes

    Stewart Udall talks about his years as Interior secretary, and criticizes the Bush administration’s environmental policy

  • The Udall bloodline is consistent

    Mo Udall’s six children, and Stewart Udall’s six – not to mention many of their cousins – have tended to find work in some form of public service

  • Wamsutter Profiles

    Some of Wamsutter’s citizens are briefly profiled: a Baptist preacher, a couple of real estate entrepreneurs, a café owner, the deputy sheriff, a bar owner, an oil-field worker, the town librarian and a local Democrat

  • Journey of Rediscovery: The living, breathing natives who made Lewis and Clark

    For all the heroism of their achievement, Lewis and Clark would not have survived without the help of the many Indian peoples they encountered across the West

  • BLM gags an archaeologist to get out the gas

    BLM archaeologist Blaine Miller says that a slew of new oil and gas projects could harm spectacular Indian rock art and ruins in Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon

  • Would quotas save the seas, or just big business

    Some fishermen fear that individual fishing quotas are likely to enrich corporations at the expense of small fishermen, while doing little to help the oceans

  • The Faces Behind the Lawsuits

    Environmentalist lawyers Johanna Wald, Joe Feller, Laird Lucas, Letty Belin, Mike Axline, Jay Tutchton, Roger Flynn and Tom France are briefly profiled

  • Tipping the scales

    A right-wing coup is under way in the nation’s courts, which George W. Bush is stacking with anti-environmental judges, and the impacts on Western conservation issues are not going to be pretty

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