Items by Laura Paskus

Perchlorate: It’s not just for rocket fuel anymore
Some watchdog groups say the Pentagon is trying to avoid responsibility for pollution from the perchlorate used in military munitions
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The "American Wilderness Protection Act" will end protection of wilderness study areas; reinstatement of "polluter pays" tax loses in Congress; Fence Lake Mine in New Mexico to begin construction; Homeland Security wallows up INS, Border Patrol and other
Grass roots prevail in ANWR and Wyoming
Grassroots activism is credited with once more staving off drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest
While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws
The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls
White House record on rollbacks
The Natural Resources defense Council examines the Bush administration’s environmental record in the grim but necessary report Rewriting the Rules: the Bush Administration’s Assault on the Environment
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Money is coming in for Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Baca National Wildlife Refuge; studies show cumulative impacts of oil development on Alaska’s North Shore; EPA ends water studies at Denver’s Lowry Superfund site; General Accounting Offic
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New Mexico keeps cockfighting and dogfighting; western sage grouse not listed; too many Mormon handcart pullers in Wyoming; Lake Powell and other reservoirs dropping; and Colorado studies "Big Straw" and "logging for water."
Memories of a native river
In Native River, William D. Layman uses words and photographs to explore an earlier era of the Columbia River, before it was tamed and transformed by dams
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Seventy percent of full-time National Park Service jobs may go to private sector; northern pike still thriving in California’s Lake Davis; traffic accident damaged nuclear waste container on way to WIPP in New Mexico; Washington state fears plans to down
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BLM releases draft EIS on drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; Pentagon plans more exemptions to environmental laws; Terry Lynn Barton pleads guilty to Hayman Fire arson; Interior gives green light to coal-fired plant near Yellowstone; and st
84-year-old bird law no match for the military
Congress has exempted the U.S. military from an international law , the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, in a move environmentalists fear sets a bad precedent.
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Judge rules against Forest Service on New Mexico’s Copper Creek grazing allotment; Clinton’s roadless rule is reinstated; Forest Service ordered to obey Montana Wilderness Study Act; lynx arrive in Colorado for reintroduction and California Fish and Game
One law, two bodies, two different decisions
In Nevada, the BLM has retained federal ownership of the skeleton of "Spirit Cave Man," preventing both tribal reburial and scientific study of it.
Tug-of-war continues over ancient bones
A judge’s ruling giving Kennewick Man’s skeleton to scientists for study rather than to tribes for reburial may actually undermine federal authority over excavation on public lands.
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New Mexico and the Navajo Nation tackle cattle rustling; details of Vice President Dick Cheney’s Energy Plan won’t be released; "anaerobic digester" in the works to clean up hog-farm waste; Imperial Valley farmers refuse to sell water to San Diego, Calif.
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Beef checkoff rule upheld by courts; California red-legged frog loses critical habitat; Hanford’s Fast Flux Test Facility will not be shut down; Neal McCaleb announces resignation as director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and EPA eases rules on coal-fir
Brownfields program makes cleanup profitable
The "Brownfields" program, an offshoot of Superfund, is designed to redevelop contaminated sites into real estate, but critics say it is not always up to the challenge.
Election Bounce
Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo
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Whistleblower says Fisheries Service followed politics, not science; decision to release water for the silvery minnow is reversed; Farmers get money for destroyed crops; Report says Bush admin. acted improperly when it overturned environmental regs.
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BLM allows seismic exploration gas in Utah; Chemical Depot ordered to cease test burns; Colorado streams hit record lows; Sen. Chuck Grassley asks why ranger was pulled; and National Treasury Employees Union says no control of employees' politics
Bush undermines bedrock environmental law
The Bush administration says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be "streamlined," but conservationists say the act is in danger of being "steamrolled."
Around the West, the hot races to watch
HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.
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San Gabriel Watersheds Study Act passes House; Sisters' cattle removed from BLM land; Gold mine resurrected for land sacred to Indians; Utah Rep. Jim Hansen makes deal to sell site to Mormon Church; and Mont. Gov. says miners are "true environmentalists."
Dead fish clog the low-flowing Klamath
Thousands of steelhead and chinook and coho salmon have died in Northern California's Klamath River, and conservationists blame the Bush administration's decision to lower river flows.
Environmentalists fight chemical weapons burns
Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.
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Groups appeal White River Plan; Wyoming Game and Fish wants dual classification for gray wolf; judge orders BuRec to release Rio Grande water; Interior Sec. and Assistant Sec. held in contempt; woman's body strapped to hood of vehicle.
A cow of a time
"Bovines or Biodiversity: The National Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Grazing," is this year's RangeNet conference, set in Boise, Idaho, October 9.
Rough riding
A new report, the ATV Safety Crisis Report, blames off-road vehicles for death and injury and suggests that their use should be regulated.
Toxic fish taint tribal diet
A new study shows Columbia River fish to be contaminated with chemicals that could harm the health of the Native Americans that eat them.
A fish is a fish is a fish - or is it?
A draft policy released by the National Marine Fisheries Service in July does little to resolve the controversy over whether hatchery salmon and steelhead deserve equal protection with wild fish.
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