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Reclaiming a lost canyon
Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.
Tooele sputters through first year
The first year of chemical weapons incineration at Tooele, Utah, has been full of stops and starts, but the Army claims good progress has been made.
Mountain bikers in Moab pay to ride
The Moab area BLM started charging recreationists user fees several years ago, when mountain biking in Utah began to grow out of control.
No cheap thrills in the Grand Canyon
River runners in Arizona's Grand Canyon feel unfairly singled out by increasing fees to float the Colorado River.
Trees refuse to croak
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
The drilling proceeds
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
'Greens' bulldoze a conservation effort
Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.
Politics tangles with science
In their own words, ecologist Charles Kay denounces Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation," while ecologist Mark Boyce defends it.
One scientist's forbidden fruit
Scientist Richard Keigley studies Yellowstone's trees to back up his contention that the park's elk herds are out of control and need regulation.
Is nature running too wild in Yellowstone?
Maverick ecologist Richard Keigley believes Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation" is not working and, in fact, is harming the park - especially with the park's elk herds, which he says are overgrazing their ranges.
Injunction shakes forests
A federal court upholds a six-week ban on 20 timber sales and bars grazing from 11 Southwestern forests while judges consider charges that the Forest Service has not protected endangered species, including the southwestern willow flycatcher.
Dombeck shakes up agency
New Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck shuffles personnel in the West around making changes environmentalists say are a step in the right direction.
Accident shakes Flaming Gorge Dam
A broken pipe in Utah's Flaming Gorge Dam creates a crisis and harms a trout fishery downstream.
Babbitt brings in new brass
President Clinton and Interior Secretary Babbitt remake the Interior Dept., appointing Patrick Shea to head BLM; Jamie Rappaport Clark to head Fish & Wildlife; Kathy Karpan to the Office of Surface Mining, and Robert Stanton to direct the Park Service.
Jaguar limps onto the list
The rare jaguar is added to the Endangered Species list.
No-show lets roads roll
The House of Representatives backs away from an amendment that would require logging companies to pay for their roads in national forests.
Republican riders toppled
Republicans in Congress give up on extra riders - including some anti-environmental riders - that were bogging down the flood-relief bill.
The West weathers unusually wet times
Although the Southwest remains too dry, most of the West rejoices in an unusually wet year - and is grateful to have avoided much flooding.
Condors soar once more over the Southwest
Fifteen California condors have been released in Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs, 70 years after the last one had been seen in the region.
Agency wants to shoot down gun club
The Forest Service's attempt to shut down a gun range on the edge of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area leads to embarrassment when the agency's expert witness, Glen Shumsky, is found to be a fraud.
Flood bill awash with anti-environmental riders
A flood-relief bill in Congress is infested by riders that could cause tremendous environmental damage if passed.
Montana train accident derailed a small town
One year after a train derailment spewed chlorine gas and other dangerous chemicals, residents of Alberton, Mont., say their town is unsafe and their health still impaired.
Wilderness has a new foe: snowmobiles
The popularity of Seeley Lake, Mont., for snowmobilers reveals a growing problem as the snowmobilers trespass with increasing enthusiasm in nearby wilderness areas like the Mission Mountains.
...while 'Rambo Cat' obliterates them
The Forest Service's Alan Vandiver uses a road-ripping bulldozer to get rid of roads in Montana.
Western hunters debate ethics tooth and claw
In Oregon and other Western states, hunters and environmentalists vigorously debate a variety of anti-trapping and anti-hunting ballot measures.
Glacier Park finds itself inundated
A new management proposal for Montana's Glacier National Park, designed to control visitor overcrowding, meets opposition from the local tourism industry and others.
Do cows become the Prescott?
A Wilderness Society lawsuit charges that the Forest Service violated the law by allowing grazing in the Prescott National Forest without considering whether the forest could handle it.
Bombs go up in smoke in a rural Utah county
After 20 years and many delays and false starts, the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Utah begins incinerating chemical weapons in August.
Waste creeps toward Yucca Mountain
A Senate bill that passed in July clears the way for shipping nuclear waste to Nevada's Yucca Mountain as early as 1998.
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