Colo. may go all in on gambling to fund conservation
Colorado voters will decide this fall on a ballot measure that would legalize sports gambling, with a tax on proceeds going to water conservation. But the plan has sparked controversy in the environmental community — including charges that it greenwashes the politically and morally sticky gambling issue.
Patagonia leaders to receive achievement award
Outdoor gear maker Patagonia Inc. will receive the Environmental Law Institute's top award this year, the nonpartisan legal group said today.
Mineral fight goes Mesozoic: Who owns dinosaur bones?
Dinosaur fossils found in Montana have sparked a property rights dispute that has hit paleontologists like an asteroid. The lawsuit now at the state's Supreme Court could decide the fate of some of the greatest fossil finds of the last century — including a complete T. Rex worth millions — and affect mineral rights across the state.
Greens, Interior settle Shasta salamander suit
Conservationists reached a settlement with the Interior Department requiring the agency to determine whether salamanders that would be imperiled by a proposed dam raise in Northern California should qualify for Endangered Species Act protections.
Court rejects tribe's bid to expand fishing rights
A federal appeals court yesterday rebuffed a bid by a Native American tribe to expand its fishing rights in Washington state, saying it amounted to an "end-run" around proper legal procedure.