Military

Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
In a critical Senate race, the two Steves lay claim to the “Montana way of life.”
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.
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.
Military wants to grow its Western empire
The military seeks expansion of its ranges and airspace in the West through more than a dozen proposals.
Tooele sputters through first year
The first year of chemical weapons incineration at Tooele, Utah, has been full of stops and starts, but the Army claims good progress has been made.
Germany targets U.S. airspace
A proposed bombing range for the German Air Force in New Mexico raises the ire of local ranchers and environmentalists.
Luftwaffe, go home
The prospect of expanded low-level military training flights by the German Air Force in the American Southwest will "highly annoy" the local humans, and do more than just annoy the wildlife.
Prairie dogs tunnel their way to a military stalemate
The Montana National Guard is stymied by prairie dogs threatening underground power lines and communications systems at Fort Harrison.
It's back
The U.S. Air Force tries again to get air space over the Owyhee Canyonlands for bombing and training flights.
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.
Rein in those planes
The "Citizen's Guide to Opposing Military Airspace Expansion" gives practical advice.
Bombs go up in smoke in a rural Utah county
After 20 years and many delays and false starts, the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Utah begins incinerating chemical weapons in August.
Idaho air base guns for more space, again
Idaho opponents assail Mountain Home Air Force Base's latest training-range expansion plans.
Silence could be shattered by military jets
The Colorado Air National Guard's plan to increase training flights over the Sangre de Cristo and Wet Mountains and the San Luis Valley upsets locals, including contemplative monks in Crestone.
Military in a dogfight for crowded skies
The Colorado Air National Guard's plan to increase fighter-jet training over southeastern Colorado raises opposition from environmentalists, ranchers and residents - and from Colorado Springs' booming airport.
Healing a dirty town
The West Desert Healthy Environment Alliance (HEAL) surveys cancer and health problem rates in Grantsville, Utah, where residents are exposed to military hazardous wastes.
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