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Dicey future for Northwest casinos
Washington's Lummi Casino closes because of too much competition.
The Wayward West
Forest Service admits losing money on timber; Utah plans to block nuclear waste shipment; Clinton nixes mineral rights transfer to Montana; Maine's Edwards Dam to be removed for salmon; Ted Turner sees bucks in bison.
A rural county says no to pork
Rural Colorado's Gunnison County turns down $38 million to upgrade hihghways, saying the people would rather preserve their quality of life.
Termite tenacity
Giant fossilized termite mounds are discovered by geobiologists near Gallup, N.M.
Get to work
The Student Conservation Corp. seeks interns who want to work on conservation projects all over the country.
Ancient cedars get a life
The Forest Service puts together a land swap that saves a 530-acre grove of 1,200-year-old trees from logging.
One dam falls, another rises
A dam on the Diamond Fork River goes down, but the Central Utah Project still lives, with a plan to pump reservoir water to farmers, although not to Salt Lake City.
Tribe doesn't dig it
The Tohono O'odham Tribal Council decides against building a controversial casino on ancient ruins.
The Wayward West
Quincy Library Group bill; Navajos reject gambling; no money from Clinton for Mt. Graham telescope; Rep. Peter DeFazio seeks mining royalties instead of user fees; truce on logging in Rio Arriba County, N.M.; Romer approves "A-LP Lite.'
Is the Park Service too timid?
Some say the Park Service is overreacting in closing some areas of Mount Rainier National Park to visitors to protect them from possible mudslides.
The greening of Mount St. Helens
The trees that Weyerhaeuser Co. replanted after Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 are doing surprisingly well.