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  • Domenici clobbers cooperation on the RioGrande

    New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici says he wants to give more money to the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Act Collaborative Program – if the program will trim its membership and put itself under federal authority

  • Horn hunters face hard times

    The rising popularity of Viagra has cut into the profits of Western antler-hunters, including Wyoming Boy Scouts

  • Primrose focus of legal dustup

    Environmentalists and ORV groups accuse the BLM of dragging its feet over implementing a plan to protect an endangered flower in California’s Clear Creek Management Area

  • The Great Salt Lake's dirty little secret

    Utah’s Great Salt Lake is loaded with mercury, and scientists are trying to figure out whether Nevada’s gold mines are part of the problem

  • Follow-up

    Mexican wolf dies during checkup; another fish kill on the Klamath; Bush nominates H. Dale Hall to be new head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Industry embeds its own in the BLM

    Energy and mining companies are paying the salaries of workers at Bureau of Land Management offices around the West

  • The theology of growth

    The problem of gang violence in Salt Lake City offers a disturbing glimpse into the conflicted soul of Utah and the rest of the rapidly growing West

  • The Gangs of Zion

    Drawn to Utah by the Mormon Church, young Polynesians struggle to find an identity, and to escape from a seemingly endless cycle of gang-related violence

  • Wolf man John

    John Morgart works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, overseeing the recovery of Mexican wolves in the Blue Range of New Mexico and Arizona

  • Follow-up

    Arizona’s San Pedro River dries up; Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility is having trouble disposing of rockets; Bush nominates industry lawyer Granta Nakayama to head EPA’s enforcement division

  • New grazing rules ride on doctored science

    The Bureau of Land Management rewrote a scientific report critical of its new grazing rules, and two veteran scientists have quit the agency in protest

  • D.C. and the West: Worlds apart

    Washington, D.C., seems like another planet when seen from the West, as the political stories in this issue of the paper suggest

  • Will the real Mr. Pombo please stand up?

    California Republican Rep. Richard Pombo made his mark blasting the Endangered Species Act, but now, he says, he’s learning to compromise on environmental issues

  • So far, Oregon land-use measure is more bark than bite

    Oregon’s Measure 37 has so far proven less liberating than property-rights activists thought, and less destructive than sprawl-fighters feared

  • The end of exurbia: An interview with James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler talks about the end of oil, and how the West’s exurbs will expire when the automobile does

  • The best of both worlds

    George Abramajtis, like most other exurbanites, loves his life in a Colorado mountain subdivision, despite the long daily commute

  • Soaring home prices spur changes to environmental law

    With housing prices on the rise in the state, the California Environmental Quality Act is under attack

  • How low will Vegas go for water?

    Patricia Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has ambitious plans for getting yet more water for Las Vegas from intake pipes in Lake Mead

  • Pueblo happily hangs on to mustard gas

    The aging chemical weapons stored at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot will stay in Colorado and be destroyed on site

  • Rural residents split over coalbed methane

    In Montana’s Powder River County, the group Citizens for Resource Development wants to encourage coalbed methane drilling, while next door in Rosebud County, the Northern Plains Resource Council is fighting hard against it

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