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  • Trumpeter swans for the taking

    Some fear that a hunt planned for tundra swan in Utah may accidentally target the rare trumpeter as well.

  • Pygmy owls lose one in court

    A federal district judge removes some federal protection for the endangered ferruginous pygmy owl habitat in southwestern Arizona near Tucson.

  • ESA didn't kill firefighters

    An investigative report says that a delay in taking water from the Chewuch River because of the Endangered Species Act did not cause the deaths of four firefighters on the Okanogan forest last July.

  • Power plant creates noisy dispute

    A power plant proposed for rural Canyon County, Idaho, is facing a battle from local critics, who object to the plant's potential noise, among other things.

  • Pigs run hog wild in the Olympics

    Feral pigs are invading the area near Washington's Olympic National Park.

  • Monument of tall trees will stand

    A federal judge rejects a challenge to the existence of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, designated by President Clinton toward the end of his presidency.

  • A graceful gazelle becomes a pest

    Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for big-game hunting on New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range has led to a host of problems, as the animals breed and spread throughout the area.

  • Park boss gored by grazing feud

    Former Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Dennis Ditmanson's attempt to resolve a long-lasting grazing conflict with the ranching Mantle family leads to criticism from staffers and environmentalists.

  • A monorail for the mountains?

    Growing traffic on Colorado's Interstate 70 has some thinking the state should consider building a monorail to ferry people from Denver into the mountains.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Earthjustice appeals ruling about difference between wild and hatchery salmon; Klamath farmers apply for relief; Idaho Supreme Court denies water to wildlife refuge; Mark Rey confirmed as undersecretary of Ag for Natural Resources/Environment.

  • Healing the Gila

    Three years after cows were banned from some Southwestern rivers, the San Francisco River in the Gila National Forest shows signs of recovery, but struggling ranchers and uneven wildlife numbers prove that the struggle over desert grazing is still alive.

  • The smog is lifting

    After decades of cleanup efforts, Denver, Colo., is about to receive clean-air status from the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Rebuilding a road to prosperity

    Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.

  • Army Corps wavers on management plan

    The Army Corps of Engineers backs away from a revised environmental impact statement that would have changed the way it operates six Missouri River dams.

  • Salt Woman confronts a coal mine

    In New Mexico, the Zuni Pueblo fights a coal strip-mine planned for Zuni Salt Lake, a site sacred to the tribe.

  • Coho salmon lose federal protection

    A lawsuit from the Pacific Legal Foundation leads an Oregon federal district judge to throw out the coho salmon's status as protected under the Endangered Species Act.

  • Ski resorts pump up ecoterrorism defenses

    In the wake of the arson at Vail two years ago, Western ski resorts have hired security staff to keep an eye out for ecoterrorism.

  • The Latest Bounce

    California ends electric deregulation; new wolf packs found in Montana, Idaho; Forest Service overspends firefighting budget; Western land trusts booming.

  • Terrorist attacks echo in the West

    The terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., have affected life in the West in many ways, bringing armed guards to major dams and derailing the tourism industry, among other impacts.

  • Whoa! Canada!

    Canadian activists trying to save Alberta's Castle-Crown wildlands from rapid oil and gas development are frustrated by their nation's lack of effective environmental protection laws.

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