Issues

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.
The last great carving up of America
The last great carving up of America
In Vail, Colorado, where rapid and erratic growth has created a $160 million haven of affluence and alpine luxury, the prospects for the deer aren't good.
Cheyenne fight, again, for land
Cheyenne fight, again, for land
With nearly half their reservation lands covered with coal exploration permits or leases, the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana has reason to believe that full-scale development could threaten their continued tribal existence.
Earth energy
Earth energy
Although geothermal energy is often praised as clean and limitless, first attempts to utilize it have stirred up air and water pollution, radiation, and potential earthquakes -- not to mention legal, financial and governmental tangles.
So rich a solitude
So rich a solitude
The conflict over logging on Arizona's Escudilla Mountain is headed to the courts unless the Forest Service, now mired in increasingly poor public relations statewide, reopens the possibility of a settlement.
Coal conflict on Tongue River
Coal conflict on Tongue River
The Decker-Birney Resource Study has identified 285,000 acres of superior coal reserves along the Tongue River in southern Montana, stirring up opposition from local ranchers.
Has the second home peak passed?
Has the second home peak passed?
Land use planning has entered a new phase of complexity as tight money has slowed the pace of condominium and second home development.
Coal shifts to West
Coal shifts to West
A curious thing is happening on the way to energy independence: an east-to-west shift in coal production is actually going to be putting western coal into power plants in West Virginia and Ohio.
The Great Balancing Act
The Great Balancing Act
Plans to extract oil shale from northwestern Colorado raise concerns about how to balance energy development with efforts to address social impacts, air pollution, oil shale tailings, and impacts to water and wildlife.
It's chicken power tomorrow
It's chicken power tomorrow
Digesting human, animal and vegetable wastes to produce methane is sure to become and important source of energy in the future.
Energy boom -- plans and payments
Energy boom -- plans and payments
A look at how Montana and Wyoming towns booming from energy development -- Rock Springs, Gillette, Hanna, Colstrip, Lame Deer -- are responding to pressures on their infrastructure, schools, police, health services, and social fabric.
Return of the windmill
Return of the windmill
There is nothing new about tapping the wind to produce energy, but a growing number of scientists are turning their attention to wind power as an alternative to burning fossil fuels.
Water dictates Western future
Water dictates Western future
Water -- the lack of it and the need for it -- looms ever larger in the West's developing energy situation. Water is used in huge amounts to generate electricity in coal-fired plants, to gasify coal, to liquify coal, and to develop oil shale.
To dam a river
To dam a river
Few environmental challenges seem as stark as the threat to dam a stretch of wild river like Montana's Upper Missouri. But the heyday of big dam building may be nearing an end.
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