Military

Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Inhospitable, remote and compelling: The island swallowed by nowhere
Alaska’s St. Matthew Island has had its share of human visitors, but none can remain long.
Federal boots on city streets
Federal boots on city streets
With Congress gridlocked and courts restrained, public opinion confronts authoritarian tactics.
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
New emails detail drained ponds, salvaged fish and a tense relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.
Pueblo happily hangs on to mustard gas
The aging chemical weapons stored at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot will stay in Colorado and be destroyed on site
A little-known clause can be a killer
The writer wants parents to exercise their rights and challenge military recruiters in high school
California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
Perchlorate: It’s not just for rocket fuel anymore
Some watchdog groups say the Pentagon is trying to avoid responsibility for pollution from the perchlorate used in military munitions
A citizen soldier looks beyond war
A World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division believes that saving trees and rivers is the best possible way to honor soldiers like him – especially as the nation stands on the brink of another war.
While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws
The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls
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.
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