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River of healing
River of healing
How a group of veterans found solace on the River of No Return.
Election 2016 roundup, Greens prepare for battle, Latino voters turn out
Malheur verdict, chubs and understanding #NoDAPL
Malheur verdict, chubs and understanding #NoDAPL
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Clif Merritt: he leads from behind
Clifton Merritt, the western regional director of the Wilderness Society, is an atypical environmental leader -- not flashy or full of fire and brimstone, but good at motivating people positively.
Don Redfearn, elk refuge manager
Don Redfearn manages the wintering ground for the largest elk herd in North America -- the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Family gaining independence with sun, wind, wood
The Ricks family in Rexburg, Idaho experiments with new technology and makes much of it themselves, including an all-electric car.
Farmers to try do-it-yourself sediment clean-up
In Idaho, the Environmental Protection Agency is giving farmers a shot at regulating themselves and voluntarily applying techniques to manage soil erosion.
Fish hawks herald man's fate
Good news about the osprey -- which was almost wiped out as a species in some parts of the U.S. before the pesticide DDT was banned in 1972 -- is good news about man and the environment.
The strategic minerals debate
Two writers debate whether the U.S. should become more self-sufficient in its extraction of minerals critical to industry.
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The Big Secret: Highly toxic pesticides in the Rockies
Although the use of toxic chemicals for agriculture in the Rocky Mountains is a public health concern, it is not a matter of public record.
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Light rail commuting: Beating the rush in Denver
The Denver metro's transportation planners are banking on light rail to fix problems of traffic congestion and air pollution as the city continues to grow.
At Capitol Reef, the Mormons made the desert fruitful
The largest orchard in any national park is surrounded by some of the driest desert in southern Utah.
Jim Detterline to the rescue
Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.
Getting the lead out
Condor 134’s harrowing experience with lead poisoning exemplifies these endangered birds’ greatest challenge – which some advocates hope to ease by banning lead bullets in California
The Perpetual Growth Machine
Phoenix, Ariz., is determined to disprove the idea that the West will someday run out of water and that every boom has to come to an end
The Great Divide
A writer takes a 1,600-mile Greyhound bus ride from Salt Lake City into Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, and listens to the stories of the Westerners he meets
Keepers of the Flame
Black Range District Fire Manager Toby Richards is returning fire to its natural place on New Mexico’s Gila National Forest – and leading the charge for Fire Use in the West.
The Greening of the Plains
A conservation movement is stirring on the Great Plains, but local farmers are stuck with a harsh reality: It still pays to plow up virgin prairie
Big blowups will continue, whether we like it or not
Billions of dollars are being spent to fight Western wildfires, but some scientists now believe that the big blowups can’t be prevented, and that they may be good for the health of the forests
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition
The Great Western Apocalypse
Record-breaking heat and drought are frying the West, and scientist John Harte of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colo., warns that this summer is only the kick-off for what global warming is likely to bring.
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