Issues

Power plant ahead
Power plant ahead
Wheatland, Wyoming, has so far dodged the energy boom, but it may be the future home of the Missouri Basin Power Project, a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant.
Wilderness endangered by overuse
Wilderness endangered by overuse
Most people believe wilderness should be left alone. But as more and more people use it, active management becomes necessary.
Energy conservation: Belt-tightening, leak-plugging, new technology
Energy conservation: Belt-tightening, leak-plugging, new technology
Can you imagine a U.S. energy future which doesn't require immediate and massive commitments to western coal and oil shale development, nuclear power, offshore oil or foreign imports?
'Irrigation water' all goes to industry
'Irrigation water' all goes to industry
Although Wyoming's Fontenelle Reservoir was built under pretense of providing water mostly for irrigation, it is useless for agriculture -- and may have been intended all along to serve industry.
Game range transfer threat to wildlife?
Game range transfer threat to wildlife?
Debate follows the decision to transfer three wildlife ranges -- the Kofa Game Range in Arizona, the Charles Sheldon Antelope Range in Nevada, and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Range in Montana -- to sole management by the Bureau of Land Management, after years of dual management with the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ski Yellowstone forces choice
Ski Yellowstone forces choice
The Montana Wilderness Association proposes an alternative to Ski Yellowstone, a ski area and real estate development that would bring clearcut ski runs and hundreds of condos to the Hebgen Lake area near Yellowstone National Park.
Southwestern cultures collide
Southwestern cultures collide
The Four Corners power plant is a monument of the Navajo Nation's collision of cultures: the traditional ways that respect the land and the intruding pressure of technology and growth.
Who profits from our coal?
Who profits from our coal?
During the past 20 years federal incompetence has allowed billions of tons of public coal to fall into the hands of the corporate giants of the energy industry.
Ford taps Stan Hathaway for Interior
Ford taps Stan Hathaway for Interior
To understand newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Stan Hathaway, one must understand the history of Wyoming.
Taking the lifeblood from the land
Taking the lifeblood from the land
Traditionally, cities on Colorado's Front Range have turned to the state's western slope when local water supplies were exhausted. But with strong environmentalist protest to trans-mountain diversion schemes, thirsty growth centers are looking elsewhere -- to agricultural water.
Habitat destruction threatens wildlife
Habitat destruction threatens wildlife
The theme of this year's National Wildlife Week is "We Care About Animal Habitat," and one of the animals that has had the greatest assaults on its habitat is the American peregrine falcon.
Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks
Abracadabra! Idaho Power cleans up stacks
In Idaho Power's brochure, a confident and ever-smiling Reddy Kilowatt perches on an electrostatic precipitator, his three-fingered hand raised toward a drawing of the Jim Bridger power plant's smokestacks -- "99 plus % clean."
Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?)
Who's getting to your legislator? (and what are they saying?)
A look inside the world of Wyoming lobbyists, who usually don't fit the stereotypes attributed to them.
State roadblock at Beaver Creek
State roadblock at Beaver Creek
The state of Colorado has expressed doubt about whether Beaver Creek can be developed into a Vail-like ski resort without compromising environmental imperatives and local human needs.
Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities
Cinderella Sunshine: A tale of two principalities
Once upon a time there were on the Kingdom of Earth two major principalities -- Ruritania and Metropolitania. They were linked together by the Royal Road of Progress and a secret underground passageway called Deals.
Western site sought for A-wastes
Western site sought for A-wastes
Nuclear waste disposal used to be a quiet topic of study. But now that hazardous radioactive leftovers are scheduled to move into Nevada, Idaho, or Washington, the topic is making headlines.
Jim Bridger builders break promises
Jim Bridger builders break promises
Pacific Power & Light and Idaho Power, the two utilities that are constructing the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs, Wyoming, have created unexpected impacts related to the plant's siting and emissions.
Ranching industry on the rocks
Ranching industry on the rocks
The cattleman now finds himself confronted by an array of problems -- inflation, sluggish markets, water conflicts -- not seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.
Meeteetsee contemplates its future
Meeteetsee contemplates its future
Meeteetsee, a small cowtown in northwest Wyoming, may change dramatically if AMAX decides to develop an open pit copper mine in the nearby Wood River Valley.
BLM exposes own grazing abuses
BLM exposes own grazing abuses
A Bureau of Land Management report has found that severe overgrazing and other aspects of poor range management on public lands in Nevada have led to loss of wildlife habitat, destruction of cultural sites, and erosion.
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