Military

A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
Plans for Colorado’s Camp Hale balance restoration and commemoration.
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
A veteran explains why public lands are what he fought to protect.
A way of unforgetting
A way of unforgetting
Author Lauret Savoy on tracing personal and national history through landscapes.
UnGuarded
The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq
Commemorating the Vietnam War in northern New Mexico
The writer thinks of reconciliation as he describes commemorative activities to come in northern New Mexico and a visit he made a year ago to Vietnam
Bomb test stirs up fear in Nevada desert
"Divine Strake" — a proposed weapons detonation at the Nevada Test Site – has stirred up fears of radioactive contamination and the possibility of a new nuclear arms race
A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter
A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane
Western military bases still reporting for duty
Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota narrowly escape being shut down by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission
Military Base Closures in the West
Chart of military base closures in the West
Leavin' on a Jet Plane
The Air Force wants to close Cannon Air Force Base, but the nearby town of Clovis, N.M., is not ready to let go of its main economic engine
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
A little-known clause can be a killer
The writer wants parents to exercise their rights and challenge military recruiters in high school
California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
Perchlorate: It’s not just for rocket fuel anymore
Some watchdog groups say the Pentagon is trying to avoid responsibility for pollution from the perchlorate used in military munitions
A citizen soldier looks beyond war
A World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division believes that saving trees and rivers is the best possible way to honor soldiers like him – especially as the nation stands on the brink of another war.
While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws
The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls
Environmentalists fight chemical weapons burns
Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.
Bomb blasting goes bust
Following a lawsuit by a coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups and private citizens, the Sierra Army Depot has stopped burning and blasting old munitions near Herlong, Calif., and is looking to burn and blast elsewhere.
Depot neighbors are on a short fuse
Some residents of Herlong, Calif., and other communities near the Sierra Army Depot say the depot's open-air munitions burning harms human health and the environment.
Tortoises take on tanks
A proposed expansion of the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in the Mojave Desert could harm the endangered Lane Mountain milkvetch and the threatened desert tortoise.
Bombs make way for 'burbs
Denver-area developers are eager to get their hands on the Front Range land preserved on the former Lowry Bombing Range.
Don't step on a bomb
Around today's Colorado Trail, where Camp Hale was in WWII, hikers are finding old grenades and other unexploded ordnance.
The burning season begins again
Faced with what appear to be increased cancers in their communities, neighbors are beginning to question the way the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif., disposes of unsafe weapons by burning and exploding them, perhaps releasing toxins into the air.