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House panel hears testimony on 1872 mining law

February 27, 2009
Contradicting a Barack Obama campaign position, a former transition team official said mining companies could pay federal royalties of up to 8 percent for gold, silver and other hard-rock mining on public lands. Read more...

Stimulus package has money to clean up West'...

February 27, 2009
One of the nation's longest-running environmental eyesores is poised to become a critical jobs engine for the rural West under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read more...

Colorado water manager questions Colorado River...

February 24, 2009
Eric Kuhn is not the person you'd expect to deliver ominous revelations about Colorado's future. Read more...

Justices refuse to hear Wyo. bald eagle appeal

February 24, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear the appeal of a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe who killed a bald eagle to use in an American Indian ceremony. Yesterday's ruling is the latest in a long-running legal dispute over American Indians' rights to kill eagles for religious...

Salazar tells Western governors oil shale part of...

February 23, 2009
The Obama administration will push an energy plan that includes solar, wind, geothermal, oil and gas and potentially oil shale, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Sunday. Read more...

Colo, Utah, Wyo seek clean coal funding

February 23, 2009
The governors of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are asking President Barack Obama to fund the development of clean-coal technologies in the West. Read more...

USFS official ties health of Colorado forests to...

February 23, 2009
Calling Colorado's high-altitude forests a national asset, the region's top forester thinks urban water utilities should consider charging their customers a monthly forest-health fee. Read more...

Nev. officials say Chu supports Yucca despite...

February 19, 2009
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said yesterday he supports continued efforts to license a nuclear waste repository in Nevada in an effort to learn about the issues associated with the first-of-its-kind nuclear waste site, according to several public service leaders who were briefed by the secretary....

Native prairie protection program has no takers

February 19, 2009
The governors of five Western prairie states have not agreed to participate in a new farm bill program intended to protect virgin prairie -- enabling landowners in their states to continue collecting some federal subsidies after plowing up prairie lands. The voluntary "sodsaver"...

Elk feeding program causes debate in Wyo.

February 19, 2009
After 100 years of feeding elk herds in the West, new questions are being raised about the science, emotion and economics of protecting the animals and their habitat. The primary question is: Did human kindness backfire, setting the elk up for disaster? A federal lawsuit filed last year by a...
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