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  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of … game?

    The National Rifle Association wants to enshrine the right to hunt in state constitutions, but even some hunters have their doubts about the wisdom of doing so.

  • Rural West going to the dogs

    Despite all the fuss about wolves and other wild predators, feral and free-roaming dogs in the West may actually pose a greater danger to livestock, wildlife and people.

  • Fields of overkill

    In response to recent E. coli outbreaks, corporate buyers are pushing California farmers to rid their fields of all wildlife and wild vegetation – despite the fact that this could make the food supply even less safe.

  • Climate cash-in

    Western farmers and ranchers using progressive land-management techniques can make a few bucks from the new carbon market – but some critics say it won’t lead to any real reduction in carbon emissions.

  • The West’s wacky weather

    The West’s weather is full of surprises this spring, with snowstorms, windstorms, rain and wildfires all happening at the same time.

  • Climate Revolutionary

    Law professor Mary C. Wood wants to use “atmospheric trust litigation” to tackle global warming in the courts.

  • The gospel according to Ron Gillett

    Ron Gillett brings his anti-wolf crusade to the small farming town of Ashton, Idaho.

  • Remembering our atomic past

    Proposed museums at Hanford’s B Reactor in Washington and Rocky Flats in Colorado would teach Westerners about the scientific triumphs – and the human tragedies – of the region’s nuclear history.

  • Nuclear crossroads

    Even as the federal government pushes for more nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons, cleanup lags far behind on the West’s most contaminated nuclear sites.

  • The leasing protest game

    Conservationists can file formal protests when the BLM wants to auction off public land to energy companies, but the differences between regional management plans and styles make the protest game little more than a crapshoot.

  • Cougars in chaos

    Washington’s cougar population is in serious trouble, and some trace recent problems back to a 1996 ban on hunting the big cats with hounds.

  • 3:10 to Baghdad

    In the desert outside of Yuma, Ariz., the United States military prepares for overseas combat.

  • Conservation easement conundrums

    New York transplant Erin Toll helps Colorado crack down on conservation easement abuses.

  • Power from the underground

    Geothermal power heats up in Reno, Nev., as the West begins to pay more attention to its underground energy resources.

  • Nevada stakes its salmon claim

    Nevada sportsmen, tribes and environmentalists ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to renew licenses for Hells Canyon’s dams until Idaho Power makes it possible for salmon to survive its dams.

  • Hold the salt

    The largest wetland restoration project on the West Coast tackles the tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay.

  • Treehuggers and treecutters unite

    Environmentalists have been working with Washington foresters to keep small tree farms in business, but the treaty between the two remains a fragile one.

  • Misplaced Jurisdiction

    Law professor Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says the justice system in Indian Country is in serious need of overhaul.

  • Growth unfettered

    Arizonans are grappling with the consequences of Proposition 207, an anti-takings measure passed last fall.

  • Betting on the house

    In Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management offers up cheap land for affordable housing.

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