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  • The vast, unpatrolled public lands

    The same solitude that attracts nature-lovers to the West’s public lands attracts lawbreakers as well – particularly a growing number of Mexican marijuana-growers

  • Oil drillers get 'one-stop shopping' at no extra cost

    A provision in the new energy bill promises funding to speed up the oil and gas permitting process in BLM offices – without costing the industry an extra penny

  • Forest Service shuts down 'three old geezers'

    Armed law enforcement officers prevented three environmentalists, including 83-year-old Stewart Brandborg, from attending a Forest Service press conference in Hamilton, Mont.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Grazing fees to be cut; Russian drill rigs coming to Colorado; new power plant on Navajo Nation gets big tax break; Washington may become sixth Western state with renewable energy standards

  • Political appointee slashes forest protections

    David Tenny of the Department of Agriculture has used his discretionary powers to alter the master plan for Colorado’s White River National Forest, lessening its protections for water and wildlife.

  • Forest Service employees and activist face racketeering charges

    In Fawnskin, Calif., an activist and two Forest Service employees helped stop a condo development. Now they're getting sued under a federal racketeering act.

  • Heard around the West

    Montana cowgirls go "bareback riding" for calendar; Forest Service worker vs. mountain lions; winery pollution in Napa Valley; violent clown nabbed; plague of toads; Durango high school reunion

  • Losing their luster

    This fall, Colorado's iconic aspen are more brown than golden -- the trees are succumbing to a mysterious die-off.

  • Ranching still has a place on our public lands

    Mary Flitner believes public-land ranchers and Forest Service employees can – and should – get along with each other.

  • Fees have become a public-lands shakedown

    Ted Williams says charging fees to use public lands is worse than extortion.

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