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Western voices August 19, 1996

Western voices

A collection of essays explores the quirky, the mundane and the surreal of our unique West, from coffee-hauling llamas to Navajo tacos and more.

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Disappearing railroad blues August 05, 1996

Disappearing railroad blues

The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.

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Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river July 22, 1996

Glen Canyon: Using a dam to heal a river

The first-ever manmade flood of the Colorado River through Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam is intended to help repair the river in Grand Canyon - and perhaps to signal the end of the "technocratic utopia" dream.

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Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt June 24, 1996

Catron County's politics heat up as its land goes bankrupt

Catron County, N.M., the home of the county independence movement, is a study of contrasts - its people heavily dependent on the federal government and its land and rivers dying.

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Outdoor Education June 10, 1996

Outdoor Education

A special issue celebrates the thousands of educators who are working to teach people about the West. But it also raises some questions: Who are they reaching and where should the lessons be learned?

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Utah ushers its frogs toward oblivion May 27, 1996

Utah ushers its frogs toward oblivion

Utah, which once boasted exceptionally rich populations of reptiles and amphibians, now does nothing to stop their rapid disappearance.

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Howdy, neighbor! May 13, 1996

Howdy, neighbor!

As a last resort, Westerners start talking to each other, in consensus-building groups that seek to find common ground in the land.

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A park boss goes to bat for the land April 29, 1996

A park boss goes to bat for the land

Yellowstone National Park Supervisor Michael V. Finley stirs controversy and conflict as he fights to save America's oldest national park.

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Raising a ranch from the dead April 15, 1996

Raising a ranch from the dead

Rancher Sid Goodloe battles pinon-juniper and uses a variety of controversial methods to restore his ranchland in New Mexico.

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Gambling: A tribe hits the jackpot April 01, 1996

Gambling: A tribe hits the jackpot

Gambling at Arizona's Fort McDowell has taken the Yavapai Indians from poverty to wealth in just three years.

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What does the West need to know? March 18, 1996

What does the West need to know?

In a changing West, the land-grant universities' cooperative extension programs must rethink their mission.

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Who owns these bones? March 04, 1996

Who owns these bones?

The Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show in Tucson highlights the growing controversy over who has the right to valuable fossils found on public lands.

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Can a Colorado ski county say 'Enough is enough'? February 19, 1996

Can a Colorado ski county say 'Enough is enough'?

Eagle, Colo., residents wage a 13-year war against developer Fred Kummer's plans to build a mega-ski resort called Adam's Rib.

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Lack of enchantment: Santa Fe's boom goes flat February 05, 1996

Lack of enchantment: Santa Fe's boom goes flat

Santa Fe's hotel and tourism industry blames populist Mayor Debbie Jaramillo for the slowing of the city's upscale boom.

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At Hanford, the real estate is hot January 22, 1996

At Hanford, the real estate is hot

Conservationists, politicians, Indians and farmers fight over the polluted but beautiful land of Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Utah hearings misfire December 25, 1995

Utah hearings misfire

Utah's wilderness hearings stir controversy and draw vigorous support for more wilderness designation as the battle over wilderness in Utah lurches toward a vote in Congress.

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Hunting: Its place in the West comes under attack December 11, 1995

Hunting: Its place in the West comes under attack

Hunting in the West faces public relations problems as well as questions about ethical and biological issues.

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Saving the ranch November 27, 1995

Saving the ranch

John Fetcher's ranching family leads the way in an effort to preserve open land through conservation easements in the rapidly growing Steamboat Springs area.

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Seeing the forest and the trees November 13, 1995

Seeing the forest and the trees

Western forestry schools slowly begin to reflect the changes in modern forestry.

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Nevada's ugly tug-of war October 30, 1995

Nevada's ugly tug-of war

A writer tours the heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion - Elko County, Nev. - and talks to people on both sides of the struggle.

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In the heart of the New West, the sheep win one October 16, 1995

In the heart of the New West, the sheep win one

The Hispanic livestock cooperative, Ganados del Valle, wins a lawsuit against the Sierra Club Foundation in New Mexico's Chama Valley.

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Did Idaho libel the feds? October 02, 1995

Did Idaho libel the feds?

A newly released tape of the encounter of three federal agents with Idaho rancher Eugene Hussey over the killing of a wolf proves that the "feds" were not aggressors.

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The West's fisheries spin out of control September 18, 1995

The West's fisheries spin out of control

The story of whirling disease in Western trout is a story of human "improvement on nature" gone wrong.

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I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook September 04, 1995

I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook

The increase in numbers of tourists drawn to the canyon country by guidebooks and magazines raises questions about exploiting and overusing a fragile landscape.

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HCN's founder fights his last fight, yet again August 21, 1995

HCN's founder fights his last fight, yet again

As HCN turns 25 years of age, HCN founder Tom Bell fights the proposed Altamont gas pipeline, which he says would harm the historic Oregon Trail at South Pass.

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