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March 23, 2006

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Public-Land Inroads: Norton clears the way for road claims through federal lands

Halfway out the door, retiring U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton has thrown open the window for county commissioners to gain approval of road claims that cut across national parks, wildlife refuges, and federal rangeland. Critics say the move will open these areas to mining, drilling, and off-road vehicles. Meanwhile, Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Norton’s successor pending Senate confirmation, seems poised to walk into a hornet’s nest.


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