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  • Affirmative actions

    Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.

  • Arizona: Obama's curse?

    Arizona: Obama's curse?

    When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.

  • Champions go both ways

    Champions go both ways

    The Obama administration appoints environmentalists to some important positions in the Interior Department and other agencies. Also: The West faces a growing shortage of food-supply animal veterinarians.

  • Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?

    Three recent Obama nominations have drawn flak from environmentalists.

  • Obama message control blocks journalists covering the environment

    Obama message control blocks journalists covering the environment

    The Obama administration makes it harder for its environmental message to be heard when it sets up roadblocks to information and blocks media access.

  • Red light, green light

    Red light, green light

    After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.

  • Salmon Salvation

    Salmon Salvation

    Obama’s new political order, backed by the legal acumen of Judge James Redden, may help the Northwest’s salmon survive and end the era of the Lower Snake River dams.

  • Sierra Club fights Keystone XL with civil disobedience

    Sierra Club fights Keystone XL with civil disobedience

    The act will be the first of its kind sanctioned by the group’s board of directors in its 120 year history, and may push the conversation over the controversial tar-sands oil pipeline to a new level.

  • The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar's search for middle ground

    The man beneath the hat: Ken Salazar's search for middle ground

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a twelfth-generation Latino-American, works politely and quietly but stubbornly to protect the West’s environment in polarized times.

  • The new Third World

    The new Third World

    While some Americans fight over healthcare reform, others line up at dawn to receive free care at a temporary clinic in Los Angeles.

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