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Severe drought conditions expected to continue through winter

December 21, 2012

Climatologists are predicting that the drought that has parched more than half of the United States this year will last at least through the winter with compounding impacts on agriculture, water supplies, food prices and wildlife.

Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought...

Oil, gas drilling rile West's energy embrace

December 19, 2012

This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.

The protests in Colorado have gotten intense. At hearings...

Farm bill's future uncertain as Speaker opposes tying it to fiscal deal

December 19, 2012

The farm bill's fate continues to be murky as the holidays rapidly approach, Senate and House agriculture leaders signaled yesterday.

While the White House and some members of Congress are open to including the farm bill in a "fiscal cliff" deal, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has...

Montana businessman an 'enigma' on energy, conservation

December 17, 2012

Although he proposed to his wife on a mountaintop and claims to have hiked more wilderness than any other elected official, Montana's Rep.-elect Steve Daines (R) remains a riddle on some of the Treasure State's most vexing natural resource issues.

The Bozeman, Mont., businessman and...

Colorado River Basin faces dramatic shortfall, federal study says

December 13, 2012

The Colorado River Basin will see a supply-demand imbalance of 3.2 million acre-feet of water by the year 2060, according to a study released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Reclamation and the seven states in the affected region.

In making that announcement, U.S. Secretary of the...

Desperate ranchers chase wind in scramble for financial lifeline

December 12, 2012

Twelve dusty miles separate lucky rancher from unlucky in this state's parched northeast corner.

Lucky is Steve Tapia and his neighbors who collect $450,000 a year by leasing space on their sprawling ranches to an Australian wind developer that's planted 90 turbines there.

"It does...

First 'stronghold' established to avert prairie chicken ESA listing

December 10, 2012

Federal agencies and conservation groups today announced the establishment of the first "stronghold" to protect the lesser prairie chicken, a major step in a multistate effort to preserve the species' native grasslands and prairie habitat.

The Bureau of Land Management today said it has...

Western governors' report weighs impacts of regional water transfers

December 6, 2012

Water transfers between agricultural and urban areas can create conflict in the West, but they promise to remain a key tool as water-scarce states deal with growing populations and new industries, according to a new report by the Western Governors' Association.

The report from the WGA and...

Bear River plan aims to preserve watershed, agriculture in 3 states

December 3, 2012

A series of six public meetings in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho will be held in December to detail a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to buy conservation easements along the 500-mile stretch of the Bear River.

The watershed conservation plan, still in draft form, envisions...

Colorado ranchers, sportsmen propose buy-back of oil-lease land

November 19, 2012

Colorado ranchers and sportsmen have hatched a novel plan to protect 220,000 acres of high-country public land from oil and gas drilling: Buy back the leases from energy companies.

The opening offer — $2.5 million, or $2 per acre, the amount the companies paid for the leases when they...

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