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Can science heal the land?
An air tour of west-central New Mexico flies over the region's "sky islands" - isolated mountain ranges rich in biological diversity that activists and scientists are trying to preserve.
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Visionaries or dreamers?
Earth First! founder Dave Foreman and conservation biologist Michael Soulé founded The Wildlands Project, a scientifically based plan to save endangered wildlife by restoring and reconnecting the scattered islands of wilderness remaining in the West.
Indian money: Where is it?
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt held in contempt of court for stonewalling a class-action lawsuit aimed at tracking down billions of dollars his department collected from grazing, oil, gas and timber on Indian reservations.
Clearcut the neighborhood
"More Dogs on Main Street" by Tom Clyde is a collection of often humorous newspaper columns focused on the transformation of Park City, Utah, from a rough mountain town to a posh ski resort.
Agencies seek quieter public meetings
At public hearings on BLM's draft management plan for Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, the agency has introduced new "town meeting" format which limits comments to written rather than spoken - a change activists deem a blow to democracy.
Grand Staircase-Escalante in the spotlight
Some locals are pleased and some environmentalists displeased with the BLM's proposed management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Wayward West
BLM Director Pat Shea promoted to Acting Deputy Ass't Sec'y for Land & Minerals Mgmt.; Sierra Club's Carl Pope; Calif. police excused for dousing protesters w/ pepper spray; fifth Mexican wolf found dead in Southwest; snipers kill cows in Moses Lake, WA.
The Wayward West
Forest Service finds bomb in Driggs, Idaho; Vail ski resort denies arson will harm skiing; BuRec tightens security at Western dams; Elko County, Nev., crews bulldoze a USFS road along the Jarbidge River.
Bounty on wolf killers
Environmental groups and the U.S. government offer a $25,000 reward for the arrest of whoever has been killing the Mexican wolves recently reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico.
The Wayward West
Coeur d'Alene Tribe gets to retain control of one-third of its namesake lake; San Juan, County, Wash., bans jet skis; Atlas Minerals Corp. files for bankruptcy; Oregon farmers will get subsidies for planting trees along waterways.
The Wayward West
Alaska Rep. Don Young, R, won't get his list of environmentally inclined Forest Service staffers; giant omnibus public-lands bill is defeated; Montana fines Canyon Resources Corp. for polluting streams; Hanford "downwinders" lawsuit is dismissed.
Proposed land trade riles Crested Butte
Environmentalists say that a land exchange that would give 500 acres of Forest Service land to Crested Butte Mountain Resort in exchange for inholdings and other land is skewed in favor of the ski resort.
The Wayward West
Peregrine falcon goes off Endangered Species list; other listed species now extinct; Audubon Society appeals judge's decision to remove wolves in Idaho; Calif. pays $9 million for poisoning Lake Davis; Kelsey Begaye runs for Navajo Nation's president.
Southwest cows have friends in high places
Alaska Republican Don Young puts pressure on Southwest Regional Forester Eleanor Towns to reveal which of her staffers may have ties to environmental groups.
A banker battles to hold the government accountable
Browning, Mont., banker Elouise Cobell uncovers a huge financial mess involving billions of dollars of tribal money somehow misplaced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Tribes reclaim stolen lands
Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.
The Wayward West
SUWA's new slogan: "Protect Wild Utah"; Ray and Ron Pene may not mine Westwater Canyon; Wayne Hage sues federal gov't.; Louisiana-Pacific's Dana Dulohery gets five months' jail; Wyo.'s South Pass listed by World Monument Fund as endangered.
Feds propose weak organic food rules
Colorado organic rancher Mel Coleman rallies opposition to proposed new federal standards on "organic" label that would allow antibiotics and chemicals in so-called organic beef.
Some tourists opt for a dose of reality
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.
River heritage plan sent downstream
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, intended to help rivers such as Colorado's North Fork of the Gunnison, meets surprising opposition from Western conservatives.
Can a ski town survive its moment of glory?
Once a funky former mining town, Park City is now a booming ski resort and bedroom community, and some locals worry that the Olympics will only make things worse.
The games should belong to the people
In his own words, John Cushing, mayor of Bountiful, discusses his dissatisfaction with the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee and his doubts about the Olympics.
Colorado refused to play
In 1972, Colorado became the first city ever to win the right to host the Olympics only to change its mind and slam the door on them.
Does Utah know what's coming?
Salt Lake City has succeeded in its long, controversial bid to host the Winter Olympics - but now that the Games are only four years away, many Utahns are having second thoughts about them - and the city's already rampant growth.
The Wayward West
Parks may restrict jet skis; Yellowstone will keep Hayden Valley trail open to snowmobiles; Delyla Wilson sentenced for bison-guts protest; USFS to do land swap with Weyerhaeuser in Wash.'s Cascades; John Mumma to retire from Colo. Division of Wildlife.
A road to nowhere?
The controversial "road improvement" of the two-lane road through Utah's Provo Canyon faces accusations that a new road could damage the Provo River - even as four major landslides are caused by road crews.
Haggling over the Grand Staircase-Escalante
Conoco gives up on oil well in Utah's Grand Staircase, but the state School Trust Lands board is insisting that its land - checkerboarded through the monument - must be managed to earn money for the schools, and that may involve oil and gas drilling.
Salvage law haunts Utah
Environmentalists appeal a huge salvage timber sale in Utah's Manti-La Sal National Forest, and hope that an agency ruling in their favor proves the salvage logging rider is dead at last.
Greens differ over plan to expand national park
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance surprises some by its opposition to the expansion of Utah's Arches National Park.
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