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The price of a national park fee hike

When Kitty Benzar bought her house in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest 30 years ago, federal law prohibited land-management agencies from charging people to...

How not to forget the West’s past atrocities

This story first appeared in High Country News.  Why are we drawn to monuments that commemorate evil, darkness and death? What compels us to remember...

Coloradans favor clean energy, federal regulations and national parks

A bipartisan poll from Colorado College debunks stereotypes about Coloradans' attitudes toward federal land and energy production. It's easy to get caught up in the...

Utah nuclear power push worth ‘great risks,’ freshman Rep. Chaffetz says

No matter how much water it takes to cool a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River, Utah – the topic of thorny debate...

Judge rejects global-warming defense in Utah BLM auction-fraud case

Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student who last December allegedly won 13 Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases for $1.7 million...

Fun with Uranium: coming soon to a national park near you

Nothing says Wild West, summer road-trip, vacation with the kids quite like dipping a gold pan in a chilly Rocky Mountain stream, taking a...

Nuclear boom leads to uranium claims near proposed wilderness area

A spike in uranium prices in recent years has sparked a mining-claim rush near a proposed Colorado wilderness area – a situation that would be exacerbated by a federal energy bill that may include nuclear power in a national renewable energy standard.

Salazar cheers Department of Interior on 160th birthday

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar invoked both President Roosevelts -- Teddy and FDR -- in a speech celebrating the department's 160th birthday at Interior headquarters in Washington Tuesday afternoon. "When faced with a crisis, Americans always build a path to progress," Salazar said, according to prepared remarks released shortly before the hoopla kicked off.

Mesa Verde among national parks threatened by EPA air-pollution rule change

Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the mountain range it protects were named for the natural fog that often enshrouds its peaks on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. But in recent years the nation’s most visited national park is called “Great Smoky” for another reason.

Locked and Loaded: Bullets New Addition to National Park Experience?

If the Bush Administration, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and 47 U.S. Senators get their way, you might be able to take a...