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Save Our Sagebrush May 22, 2000

Save Our Sagebrush

In the wake of the huge fires that swept across the Great Basin in August 1999, the BLM is seeking ways to restore the sagebrush landscape and to control the fire-prone cheatgrass that now infests it.

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After the fall May 08, 2000

After the fall

RBM Lumber in Columbia Falls, Mont., is a small, family-owned mill that is a pioneer in a brand new kind of timber economy, one that would restore rather than deplete forests and create low-volume, high-value wood products in a sustainable way.

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At your service: Unions help some Western workers serve themselves April 24, 2000

At your service: Unions help some Western workers serve themselves

In Las Vegas, strong unions help service workers achieve the kind of prosperity and security seldom reached by the working-class people of the West's non-union resort towns.

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Beyond the Revolution April 10, 2000

Beyond the Revolution

In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

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The last wild river March 27, 2000

The last wild river

The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the West, but Montana's rapid growth is affecting it, as property owners afraid of floods lay huge amounts of riprap along its banks.

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Libby's dark secret March 13, 2000

Libby's dark secret

Asbestos-laced dust from a vermiculite mine near Libby, Mont., has caused illness and death among locals for decades, but it is only recently that the media - and victims - have called W.R. Grace & Co. to account.

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Acre by acre February 28, 2000

Acre by acre

The land trust movement is bigger than the earliest groups imagined, but the challenge the 250 Western groups face is even bigger, as development swallows the last open space.

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Land of the fee February 14, 2000

Land of the fee

While cash-strapped land managers praise the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, some recreationists and activists rail against it, and others point out that the program isn't producing as much money as was hoped for.

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Searching for pasture January 31, 2000

Searching for pasture

Lyle McNeal revived the Churro sheep, a dying breed, and helped the Navajos who once depended on them, but now the professor is locked in a bitter battle over the sheep and other issues with Utah State University, which once supported the project.

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STOP January 17, 2000


Recreationists of every kind have long used Colorado's White River National Forest as a playground, and the Forest Service's proposed new plan, which would limit some activities in an attempt to help the forest, is being met with a lot of anger.

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Unleashing the Snake December 20, 1999

Unleashing the Snake

In Washington, conservationists, farmers, and federal and state agencies are passionately debating whether four dams on the lower Snake River should be breached in an attempt to restore endangered salmon and steelhead runs.

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Peggy Godfrey's long, strange trip December 06, 1999

Peggy Godfrey's long, strange trip

In Colorado's San Luis Valley, Peggy Godfrey works hard raising sheep, writing cowboy poetry, helping neighbors at calving time and living what she describes as the life of a free woman.

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Go tell it on the mountain November 22, 1999

Go tell it on the mountain

While Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt considers greater protection for Oregon's Steens Mountain, local ranchers and environmentalists argue over whether the land should become a cow-free national monument or a conservation area that would allow grazing.

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A new road for the public lands November 08, 1999

A new road for the public lands

President Clinton and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt have a new strategy for protecting and managing the public lands, encouraging citizens and politicans to implement national conservation values in a regional and local way.

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Monumental chaos October 25, 1999

Monumental chaos

New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument is threatened by problems that include the runaway growth of the neighboring city of Albuquerque, disagreements over how to manage the resource, and a controversial, embattled superintendent, Judith Cordova.

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A home-grown Water War October 11, 1999

A home-grown Water War

In northern New Mexico, the small, family-owned Sipapu Ski Area is battling the little farming town of Dixon over water rights to the Rio Pueblo and Rio Embudo, tributaries of the Rio Grande. Plus, the endangered silvery minnow is forcing the water users of the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico to reconsider the ways cities, towns, pueblos and farms have always made use of the river.

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The Millworker and the Forest September 27, 1999

The Millworker and the Forest

A hike through the old growth of Olympic National Park with former millworker Jim Podlesny reveals more than one way to look at a giant Douglas-fir, and also at the life of a one-time logging community.

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Troubled Oasis September 13, 1999

Troubled Oasis

In Nevada, Walker Lake is slowly disappearing, as local farmers, an Indian tribe and conservationists battle over the rights to the water that once filled the lake.

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Who's stopping sprawl? August 30, 1999

Who's stopping sprawl?

In this special issue: city-dwellers' usual support for the Endangered Species Act can be severely tested when an endangered species is found in or near their own backyards.

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Standing up for the underdog August 16, 1999

Standing up for the underdog

After a century of poisoning and shooting the black-tailed prairie dog at will, ranchers are up in arms over the push by conservationists to have the animal listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man August 02, 1999

Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man

Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.

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The new faces of the West July 05, 1999

The new faces of the West

The series "The Hidden West" is High Country News' look at communities that are on the edge and often uncertain of their future.

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The disappearing farm June 21, 1999

The disappearing farm

On the Great Plains, some beleagured farmers are pinning their economic hopes on local cooperatives, such as a pasta-making factory in Leeds, N.D.

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Mining the past June 07, 1999

Mining the past

The history of the copper-mining town of Butte, Mont., sparks a searching meditation on the meaning and value of work and the place it holds now, as the Old West becomes the New West.

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The last weird place May 24, 1999

The last weird place

Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.

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