"A decadelong push to protect central Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds region came to a close yesterday afternoon with the Senate's unanimous approval of H.R. 1138."
Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)
"Idaho fisheries managers will not follow the lead of neighboring states in restricting catch-and-release angling, despite a drought and heat wave that have killed or stressed large numbers of trout and other fish."
"Flames roared unchecked through heavy timber for a third day in Montana's Glacier National Park, where the main road has been closed through the eastern half of the park, along with two campgrounds, during its busiest time of year."
"Utah state officials have given the go-ahead for a tar sands mine under construction on the eastern flank of the state. They will, however, require the company to do water and air quality monitoring in a move environmentalists are calling a victory."
"Below the center of Butte flows water tainted with poisons drawn from a mass of mining and smelting waste that has been a pollution problem for more than a century."
"This Montana cattle ranch is trying to ensure its operations benefit wildlife—and yes, that means wolves, too."
Drought which has left their own lands bare of forage is driving some Nevada rangers to graze their cattle illegally on federal land.
"A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions"
"DENVER — When Jason Story bought an old soy sauce barrel to collect the rain dripping from his downspout, he figured he had found an environmentally friendly way to water his garden’s beets and spinach. But under the quirks of Western water rules, where raindrops are claimed even as they tumble from the sky, he became a water outlaw."
"SALMON, Idaho -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on Tuesday actions needed to support imperiled bull trout, an iconic native fish that is still found in pristine, cold-water streams and some lakes in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington."