Recreation

Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Wilderness vs. mining, Roundup research and Western prisons
Big Sky above, private land below
Former Big Sky ski patrolman J.C. Knaub in his own words describes the difficulties faced in trying to bring neighborhood parks and trails to Big Sky.
Big Sky, big mess in Montana
A Montana ski resort originally created by newsman Chet Huntley and intended to be a model of free-market, unconstrained development, is today a morass of lawsuits, environmental degradation and inefficiency.
Ski resort beefs up
Reaction is mixed to the Forest Service's decision to not allow development on Oregon's Mount Hood to expand onto more public land - but allow 5,000 more skiers, six new chairlifts and a new restaurant on the slopes.
Green groups stick to their guns
A Park Service decision to shoot introduced mountain goats that are endangering plants in the Olympic Mountains receives support from some environmental groups, although many problems remain.
Is there oil under Utah's new monument?
Conoco wants to drill one or two exploratory oil wells in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument before its leases expire in November.
When parks close, towns lose
A report by the National Parks and Conservation Association says that gateway communities suffered big economic losses when national parks closed during the 1996 government shutdown.
Boats may get bounced
Jet skiers and those who rent and sell machines to them are irate over a possible ban of the noisy watercraft from Lake Tahoe.
Utahns fight over flights
A Utah County's decision to permit helicopter skiing on a private ranch raises opposition from residents and backcountry skiers.
'I kill them and cook them'
In his own words, Mac Carelli, owner of C&C Meats in Sheridan, Wyo., describes how he deals with bison carcasses.
To the south, bison and cattle coexist
While the Yellowstone bison are slaughtered , south of the park near Grand Teton National Park, cattle have grazed next to brucellosis-infected bison and elk for 75 years with no problems.
'Humane is what's best for humans'
Yellowstone National Park photographer Jim Peaco, in his own words, on the bison slaughter.
Federal agency was careless with a live vaccine
The federal agency APHIS has broken scientific protocol by experimenting with a live brucellosis vaccine in bison herds in national parks and a national wildlife refuge without knowledge and consent of the Park Service.
For bison, it's deja vu all over again
The history of bison in Yellowstone National Park is a century of human manipulation of wildlife.
No home on the range
The deliberate slaughter of bison straying from Yellowstone National Park - killed because the brucellosis they may carry might endanger livestock - provokes a storm of protest, and calls into question the concept of wildlife management in the park.
Grizzlies and tourism collide on Wyoming road
The proposed widening and straightening of Highway 14-16-20, the link between Cody, Wyo., and Yellowstone National Park, raises tremendous controversy between tourism boosters and environmentalist critics.
Build it, and folks will come
Building the newest addition to Colorado's hut system for skiers and hikers meant long, cold hours of work at 11,300 feet in the Gore Range.
Grand Canyon rafting fees inflate
Rafting fees to float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon are being increased this year.
Silence wins in Colorado
The FAA bans all commercial overflights of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park without much opposition.
Money can't buy a full season
Higher entrance fees at Yellowstone won't necessarily keep the park open, because the money needs to go to repair roads and buildings, park officials warn.
Horses, bikes push into petroglyph park
Environmentalists and Native Americans object to a proposed Park Service management plan that would develop bike and horse trails in New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.