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Chemicals aren't the only answer
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides celebrates 20 years of activism with an anniversary conference.
Just in time for the budget requests
The Government Accounting Office issues a report saying the Forest Service costs taxpayers millions of dollars by its inability to make timely decisions and its "indifference toward accountability."
Vandals didn't silence the past
Vandals destroy computer disks containing Indian language archives in Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, but with help from many volunteers much of the irreplaceable material is retrieved.
Trees refuse to croak
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
Farmland wins a round
The Oregon Supreme Court upholds the state's right to enforce strict rules against the non-agricultural development of high-value farmland.
The drilling proceeds
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Microbes for sale here
Yellowstone Park officials sign a contract that formally opens the park's hot springs to "bioprospecting," allowing the San Diego company, Diversa Corp., to collect samples of hot-water microbes called thermophiles.
The Wayward West
Animal Damage Control changes name to Wildlife Services; Richard Riordan; Jeff DeBonis leaves PEER, Jeff Ruch takes his place; People For the West and grizzlies; Zakkare Garrett.
Jackson Hole tries "unnatural' elk management
Some wildlife managers and environmentalists say the National Elk Refuge at Jackson Hole, Wyo., should end its policy of feeding elk every winter.
New facts about old fish
Scientists in the Pacific Northwest have launched a study of the white sturgeon in the Columbia River - North America's largest fish.
Rid-a-Bird works too well
A small pest control company's product, Rid-a-Bird, is blamed in the deaths of two protected birds, a hawk and an owl, after Weyerhaeuser uses it to kill starlings at its Longview, Wash., paper mill.
Maps may save lives
A mapping project is set up in Oregon to identify sites at risk for landslides, in an attempt to discourage both logging and home building in dangerous areas.
Wolves take heavy toll in Montana
Wolves have killed at least 30 sheep in six weeks in Montana's Tobacco Valley, and despite being compensated by Defenders of Wildlife, some sheep ranchers are furious.
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