Military

Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Can air bases come up with a less toxic foam and work with local communities affected by contamination?
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
The City of Clovis has a water contamination problem but no easy way to fix it.
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
Environmentalists fight chemical weapons burns
Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.
Bomb blasting goes bust
Following a lawsuit by a coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups and private citizens, the Sierra Army Depot has stopped burning and blasting old munitions near Herlong, Calif., and is looking to burn and blast elsewhere.
Depot neighbors are on a short fuse
Some residents of Herlong, Calif., and other communities near the Sierra Army Depot say the depot's open-air munitions burning harms human health and the environment.
Tortoises take on tanks
A proposed expansion of the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in the Mojave Desert could harm the endangered Lane Mountain milkvetch and the threatened desert tortoise.
Bombs make way for 'burbs
Denver-area developers are eager to get their hands on the Front Range land preserved on the former Lowry Bombing Range.
Don't step on a bomb
Around today's Colorado Trail, where Camp Hale was in WWII, hikers are finding old grenades and other unexploded ordnance.
The burning season begins again
Faced with what appear to be increased cancers in their communities, neighbors are beginning to question the way the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif., disposes of unsafe weapons by burning and exploding them, perhaps releasing toxins into the air.
Homesteaders sue over ancestral land
Over 50 years after the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos National Laboratory were built on land owned by Hispanic farmers, descendents of those farmers have sued the Dept. of Energy, saying they were illegally evicted.
From missile silo to theme park
The new Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota will teach visitors about the Cold War and its once-top secret weaponry.
Incinerator unsafe, says former Tooele manager
A former manager at the Army's chemical weapons incinerator in Tooele County, Utah, says he was threatened with firing if he talked about the plant's environmental problems.
See the secret desert
In Culver City, Calif., the Center for Land Use Interpretation is featuring an exhibit on Nevada's Nellis Air Force Bombing and Gunnery Range, home of the notorious - and mysterious - Area 51.
Senator jumps the gun for the military
Environmentalists and other critics are irate at Sen. John McCain's proposal to allow the military use of 3 million acres of public land in Arizona and New Mexico, including the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona.
A grudge against sludge
In eastern Colorado, farmers are upset by an EPA plan to transform hazardous waste from a Denver Superfund site into fertilizer to be spread on fields near Deer Trail.
Air Force lands a deal
Idaho's Land Board turns down an environmental group's $5,000 bid in favor of the Air Force's $10 bid on the Juniper Butte area, which the Air Force seeks for a training range.
Locals work to tame the Air Force
Activist Grace Potorti has spent the last 15 years as a watchdog on the military in Nevada, and her efforts have helped to bring about reform at Nellis Air Force Base.
Top gun seeks more of the high desert
A BLM plan to expand jet training outside of Nevada's Dixie Valley has angered almost everyone on the high desert.
Air Force drops a sweetheart deal onto ranch land
The U.S. Air Force plans to offer Idaho rancher Bert Brackett around $1 million to turn his grazing allotment into a bombing range.
Bombers battled from the ground
In northern New Mexico, residents battle Air Force plans for a new bombing range.
Locals battle military planes
In Colorado's Wet Mountain Valley, activists fight a Colorado Airspace Initiative that would allow more frequent overflights for military training.
Training and bombing range expansions at a glance
Proposed military expansions in various Western states.
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