Issues

Huge power complex planned
Huge power complex planned
The power industry could build at least five 10,000-megawatt coal-fired power plants in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, with staggering social, economic and environmental implications.
Stripmining is "warfare"
Stripmining is "warfare"
As giant energy companies obtain federal leases to mine coal over vast areas of the West, Senator Gaylord Nelson is leading an effort to halt stripmining's "environmental warfare on our own country."
Desert study is released
Desert study is released
Conservationists are hailing the release of the Bureau of Land Management's recommendations for management in central Wyoming's Red Desert, which include limiting mining and fencing and establishing a new primitive area.
Wild horses rounded up
Wild horses rounded up
The Bureau of Land Management is systematically thinning wild horses from the Pryor Mountains of Montana and Wyoming to provide more food and space for those that remain.
Calls for halt in coal leases
Calls for halt in coal leases
Sen. Gaylord Nelson is pressing for a moratorium on federal permits and leases for coal strip mining on public lands until environmental reviews have been made.
Ranch sprays sage
Ranch sprays sage
Wyoming's Diamond Ring Ranch has again made the news for illegal activity, this time for unauthorized spraying of sagebrush on some 4,000 acres of public land.
Mike Frome 'expurgated'
Mike Frome 'expurgated'
The sure, incisive pen of one of America's foremost conservation writers has been censored from the pages of American Forests, the official magazine of the American Forestry Association.
Hells Canyon moratorium
Hells Canyon moratorium
A seven-year moratorium on dam-building in the Hell's Canyon of the Middle Snake River in Idaho would help to protect the river, but it would not stave off logging, mining, off-road vehicles, or development that could preclude future public access.
Teton Dam controversial, review is needed
Teton Dam controversial, review is needed
Conservationists continue to battle against proposals for the Lower Teton Dam, which would become simply another of the engineering feats -- but environmental disasters -- promulgated by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Senator says he is shocked
Senator says he is shocked
Senator Gale McGee warns of surprise and shock when full details of Wyoming's recent episodes of mass eagle killing -- allegedly conducted by helicopter -- are revealed to the public.
Mines and power make impact
Mines and power make impact
Coal mining and coal-fired power generation will have an enormous cumulative impact on the West. But the public -- getting news in bits and pieces without any meaningful reporting on the large-scale impact -- does not realize the full extent of what is happening.
Timber study is released
Timber study is released
An interdisciplinary panel, assembled in response to criticism of forest management in Wyoming, has recommended that wildlife, recreation, and scenic quality be considered in every management decision on Wyoming's national forests.
Eagles' deaths NOT vindicated
Eagles' deaths NOT vindicated
The case of Wyoming's poisoned eagles took a bizarre turn when Van Irvine -- the sheep rancher from Casper, Wyo., who is charged on 29 counts of game violations -- asked for a no contest plea and was fined the absolute minimum on all charges.
Wyoming Council meets ... new director named
Wyoming Council meets ... new director named
Keith Becker, a former Navy pilot from Thermopolis, Wyo., has been named the new executive director of the Wyoming Outdoor Coordinating Council. He succeeds Tom Bell, director since 1967, who is stepping down to devote full time to editorship of High Country News.
Eagles' deaths are vindicated
Eagles' deaths are vindicated
The deaths of at least 50 eagles in Wyoming has led to the arrest of Van Irvine, a prominent Wyoming stockman who is now being charged with 28 game violations.
Primitive area reviewed
Primitive area reviewed
The Glacier Primitive Area in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing, part of the wilderness review process specified by the 1964 Wilderness Act.
Eagle death toll mounts ... poison found
Eagle death toll mounts ... poison found
The latest toll of golden and bald eagles reported dead in Wyoming now stands at 43. Twenty-three of those eagles are confirmed or suspected of being killed by poisons.
Wyoming eagles die mysteriously
Wyoming eagles die mysteriously
A tragedy involving America's symbol of freedom has struck in central Wyoming. Eleven bald eagles were found dead on the west end of Casper Mountain; five golden eagles were found dead, and another was partially paralyzed and near death.
'Environmentalism' catches on in Big Sky Country
'Environmentalism' catches on in Big Sky Country
The 1971 Montana legislature may go down in the record books as the session in which "environmentalism" finally caught on. Bills passed and signed into law include new hard rock mining reclamation laws, zoning provisions, tougher water pollution controls and more.
Clear-cutting criticized
Clear-cutting criticized
In hearings at the nation's capitol, Sen. Gale McGee called for a two-year moratorium on clear-cutting in national forests, underscoring the increased criticism that timber practices have come under in recent years.
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