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Marathon Oil sues to get into roadless area
Marathon Oil Company is suing to get into lands pulled from a routine oil and gas lease sale because they are in a roadless, possible wilderness area.
Wolves have friend in Washington
Washington's Congressman Norm Dicks is pushing for the reintroduction of wolves in his district's Olympic National Park.
Taking range reform by the horns
Navajo ranchers are warming up to the idea of range reform on their overgrazed, drought-damaged reservation.
No takers for wilderness trip
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt tries to calm the state's bitter wilderness debate with a camping trip in proposed wilderness area - but no one wants to come.
Timber mill dreams of museum
Hull-Oakes Lumber Company wants to make a museum of a 90-year-old mill near Monroe, Ore., but environmentalists believe the company's stipulating that it get subsidized timber at the mill won't wash.
Judge is bullish on trout protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service starts the process of listing the bull trout under the Endangered Species Act.
Shutdown attempts go up in smoke
A federal judge allows chemical weapons incinerating to go on at Tooele, Utah, despite environmental warnings of the dangers.
Coffee is bad for birds
Migrating songbirds are threatened as Mexican and Central American coffee plantations cut down shade trees to increase the coffee yield.
Utah Paiutes put the brakes on chaining
Utah Paiutes join environmentalists in protesting the BLM's "chaining" of tree stumps to clear land in central Utah after fires.
Rancher shoots for test case
Meeteetse, Wyo., rancher Martin Thomas will argue in court that he was justified in gunning down nine elk with an assault rifle because of the threat of brucellosis to cattle.
A tough fighter
The information dirt road
A report titled "The Information Dirt Road" says that rural areas such as western Colorado are being shortchanged by the deregulation of telecommunications.
Here's looking at tourism
"Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West" conference to be put on by the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, May 1-2.
Bringing back the small family farm
A handbook called "Rebirth of the Small Family Farm," by Bob and Bonnie Gregson, offers advice for would-be organic farmers.
The burning barrel
A film called "The Burning Barrel," intended for PBS, offers a nostalgic portrait of a South Dakota childhood and a grim view of the present.
Tribal force
A new comic book called "Tribal Force" wants to offer positive role models as well as entertainment to young Native Americans.
Desert Conference
The 19th Desert Conference, at Oregon's Malheur Field Station, April 24-27.