Items by Jon Christensen

Can a copper firm restore a blasted ecosystem?
Kennecott Copper wants to clean up Bingham Canyon copper mine on its own, while Environmental Protection Agency wants to make it a Superfund site.
Babbitt attacks mining's gold heists
Barrick Goldstrike Mines pays U.S. $10,000 for $10 billion in gold.
Las Vegas wheels and deals for Colorado River water
Patricia Mulroy negotiates for Southern Nevada Water Authority.
How military secrecy zones out Nevada
A reporter chronicles the strange happenings (that we shouldn't know about) at the top-secret Nevada Test Site.
DOE unlocks some classified data
Department of Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary launches an "openness initiative' that reveals the DOE's sordid past.
Goldfield Stories
'Goldfield: The last Gold Rush on the Western Frontier' by Sally Zanjani showcases a boomtown with a thousand stories.
The vagaries of western mine reclamation
A "Review of Hardrock Mine Reclamation Practices in Western States' by Ann Kersten and Susan Lynn provides technical background for mining law reform.
The public process
Congress will select a conference committee to negotiate a compromise mining bill.
Miners get personal with Miller
People for the West! stages a protest a BLM decision to allow a massive copper mining project in the historic Robinson mining district is appealed
Babbitt unveils new grazing proposal
Babbitt's grazing reform plans will be implemented slowly.
Nuclear industry rolls snake eyes in Nevada
The Nevada Legislature refuses the temptation of millions in federal funds by opposing the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mt.
Now dust is his crop, says Nevada rancher
Groundwater pumping dries Milt Thompson's Diamond Valley Ranch.
Rancher joins coalition to fight 'water grabs'
A wary rancher joins an environmental group after groundwater pumping dries his ranch.
Can Hazel O'Leary reinvent the Energy Department
Department head Hazel O'Leary takes steps to revitalize the Department Of Energy.
Restored habitat revives cui-ui
Spring snowmelt helps the endangered cui-cui sucker fish in Nevada.
Bomb testing may resume in Nevada
Nuclear bomb testing could resume in Nevada.
Two reports warn of radioactive bullets
Depleted uranium bullets threaten radioactive contamination on military testing ranges.
Fish in the desert
The Desert Fishes Council publishes a series of papers.
Rhymes from the range attract 8,000
Cowboy poets gather in Elko, Nevada.
Las Vegas moves on western Colorado's water
An interstate water leasing plan proposal threatens agriculture on Colorado's Western Slope.
A melting pot for unrelated agencies
A brief history of the Department of Energyis outlined.
Can a collegial approach at the top transform DOE?
Newly appointed DOE head, Hazel O'Leary, charts a new course for the Department of Energy.
Nevada fences out hot waste, for now
A low-level nuclear waste dump closes in Beatty, Nevada.
The nuclear age: 1945, the beginning; 1992, the beginning of the end
The atomic age began with a big bang. The buildup to the Cold War took place in a few short years. But the struggle over its legacy and lessons for humanity have just begun.
Land claims and money divide Western Shoshone Tribe
A handful of Western Shoshones have declared independence from the United States at the remote northern Nevada ranch of Carrie and Mary Dann.
Las Vegas: The boom craps out ... and the city has second thoughts about water
Until recently, Las Vegas appeared to be thriving on its unique brand of illusion, while the rest of the country wallowed in a deepening recession. Now hard times have come to Glitter Gulch and the Strip, too, once thought immune to economic doldrums.
Carrot-and-stick tactics are wearing down Nevada
The nuclear industry is betting nearly a million dollars that Nevadans can learn to love a nuclear waste dump.
High noon in Nevada
As a full moon slipped behind the rugged peaks of the Toquima Range, the first light of dawn illuminated a meadow where uniformed Forest Service rangers were saddling horses. Their mission was to round up unauthorized cattle on the Toiyabe National Forest in remote central Nevada.
The bombing of the West
For many of the Navy and Air Force pilots who would fly deadly missions in Operation Desert Storm, their first experience with live bombs was in the Nevada desert.
Nevada Test Site protesters hear it in Kazakh
When 2,500 anti-nuclear protesters came here to vex the Nevada Test Site early in January, probably the last thing they expected was a lecture on democracy from their Soviet counterparts in the peace movement.
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