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Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.
Utah national monuments face dramatic reductions
Utah national monuments face dramatic reductions
Cutbacks to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears spark protests and lawsuits.
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
An Interior Department overhaul of collaborative protection plans could sacrifice birds for development.
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
Suburbanites reckon with arcane drilling law
On Colorado’s Front Range, companies can extract oil and gas from private land — without homeowners’ permission.
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Cliven Bundy’s sway over his followers featured prominently in first of three trials.
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Interior Department clears former Yosemite superintendent of discrimination — and reports evidence for sexual harassment at Yellowstone.
Winter snows bring spring flows
Winter snows bring spring flows
After a record low two years ago, this season’s substantial Sierra snowpack highlights the variability of winter weather in the West.
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Outdoor School tries to give children common ground on conservation.
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
As other agencies prepare for a long haul, Ryan Zinke has an immediate impact.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
Latest: At Hanford, allegations of worker intimidation
The Superfund site has been in clean-up since 1989.
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
Why the state’s utility commission is recruiting EPA, Energy employees.
Week in review: March 16
Week in review: March 16
A leader for the BLM, disappearances on public lands and bison’s origin story: HCN staff’s reading recommendations.
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
His priorities so far: energy, sportsmen access, park repairs & restoring public trust.
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
The Western origins of the sanctuary movement
Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation.