Mountain West (CO ID MT NV UT WY)

"Rustlers Ride Wide Open Range of Great Basin"

"Out of pride and a reluctance to point a finger at neighbors, ranchers in the vast Great Basin outback where Oregon, Idaho and Nevada come together have been slow to admit that someone in their midst, perhaps even someone they know from barbecues and brandings, has been stealing cattle. Just who is doing it, and how they have gotten away with it for at least three years, remains a mystery."

Source: AP, 01/06/2010

"Gold Discovery Stirs Fear About Effects to Glacier NP's Headwaters"

"A Canadian mining company's discovery last week of high-grade gold deposits north of Glacier National Park has raised alarm among environmentalists that development of the deposits could imperil Montana's Flathead River Valley and fragment North America's most prized grizzly habitat."

Source: Greenwire, 12/18/2009

"Colorado Towns Take Extra Measures to Protect Their Water From Gas Drilling"

"In 2005 the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offered up thousands of acres of federal land in Colorado to drilling. Because the land was in the heart of an area that supplies drinking water to 55,000 people in the western part of the state, the plan drew stong opposition from local communities."

Source: ProPublica, 12/17/2009


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