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Clear-cut the timber rules, beetle foes say

May 16, 2012

U.S. Forest Service land managers need more latitude and the forest-management industry more certainty if the mountain pine beetle is to be repelled, or at least contained, in Colorado’s high country, witnesses testified Monday before a congressional field hearing.

The bark-beetle...

Nevada taps Lake Mead and hunts for 'Utah' water

May 15, 2012

Nevada's quest for water has powered a maelstrom of controversy in Utah over the water authority's desire to tap groundwater in the eastern basins of Nevada. Native American Indian tribes; multiple counties such as Salt Lake, Millard and Juab; and western desert ranchers and farmers have...

Can the mighty Mississippi save the West?

May 15, 2012

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is nearing the final stages of a study that for the first time in more than 40 years is charting projected supply and demand "imbalances" of Colorado River water — which was over-allocated some 90 years ago through a water-sharing agreement among Utah, six other...

Why the West's oldest battle could hit you at the tap

May 15, 2012

The West is running out of water.

Its lifeblood, the Colorado River, is being hemorrhaged by cities, by farms and ranches, by power plants and by the more than 30 million people who depend on its water in the United States and another 6 million people in Mexico.

This year's flows...

Big water projects in California planning for the future

May 14, 2012

California has two gigantic water development systems which capture and store water with many dams and use rivers and canals to redistribute it, generally from Northern California source to the San Joaquin Valley agricultural users and southern California cities. They are:

The California...

Southline Transmission Line project now open for comment

May 14, 2012

Southline Transmission, LLC, proposes constructing a high-voltage power line in two segments. The first segment would be a new double circuit 345-kilovolt line from a substation in Afton, N.M., south of Las Cruces, to a substation in Apache, Ariz., south of Willcox. This 225-mile segment would...

Jailed enviro activist appeals conviction

May 14, 2012

An environmental activist who disrupted a natural-gas and oil auction for land near Utah’s national parks did so in protest, bringing attention to parcels that shouldn’t have been for sale, his lawyers argued Thursday.

But federal prosecutor Dave Backman countered, saying DeChristopher...

Leadville's historic Climax mine restarts molybdenum production

May 14, 2012

The Climax mine near Leadville on Thursday produced its first batch of molybdenum concentrate in 17 years.

The historic mine had closed in 1987 after molybdenum prices crashed, leaving Leadville and Lake County in an economic depression with the loss of 3,200 jobs. Climax later reopened...

Helicopter hazing of Yellowstone bison challenged

May 14, 2012

A Helena judge has agreed to hear a Bozeman conservation group’s request to halt helicopter use during bison hazing. In the meantime, Yellowstone National Park officials await the governor’s response to their request to stop helicopter operations.

On Wednesday, the Alliance for the Wild...

Parks, monuments could spur revival in U.S. tourism, says fed report

May 11, 2012

National parks, monuments and other public lands will play a major role in an interagency strategy to revive international tourism to the United States, according to a report delivered to the president today.

The national tourism strategy developed by the Interior and Commerce departments...

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