Items by Laura Paskus

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Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for West Jordan, Utah, lumberyard arson; Nuclear Regulatory Commission won’t listen to concerns about New Mexico’s proposed uranium-enrichment plant; warm waters in the Klamath may cause huge fish kill
Food on every plate, art on every wall
In A More Abundant Life: New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico, Jacqueline Hoefer explores the wide range of public artworks created in the state in the 1930s, under Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration
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Judge rules citizens can petition to have "candidate" species listed as endangered; genetically engineered salmon eat regular salmon; genetically engineered corn planted in Colorado; Energy Department plans to ship weapons grade plutonium and enriched ura
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Phelps Dodge told to clean up New Mexico groundwater; Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. appeals verdict on cattle-price fixing; Lahontan cutthroat trout tagged in Nevada; National Organic Program decides not to loosen organic food standards
In Search of Solidarity
Some activists hope that the current hard times facing both workers and the environment will resurrect the strong alliances that once existed between greens and labor unions
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Duwamish Indian Tribe, still fighting U.S. government over recognition, has bought its first piece of "owned" land near Port of Seattle, Washington
Senate rejects Energy Bill – again
Controversial energy bill, to increase domestic oil and gas drilling and force federal agencies to expedite permits for energy projects on public lands, came back yet again, but was defeated in the Senate, 50-47
Race track
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo spent $1.5 million to defeat Michael Kennedy, Democratic challenger who missed the filing deadline by seconds; Montana Democrat Margarett Campbell, an Assiniboine Tribe member, is running in a newly formed (2000) leg
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Steve Williams, head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tells Congress that money for critical habitat for endangered species could be better spent elsewhere; National Security Administration head asks Congress for more money for nuke bomb site, and Rep.
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John Kerry vs. Barbara Cubin and Richard Pombo on oil; FBI arrests William Jensen Cottrell for California SUV arson; and Forest Service paid public relations firm $90,000 for "Forests With a Future" campaign and slogan
California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
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Campaign to Protect America’s Lands seeks tips from Interior Department employees; Montana Mining Association wants to repeal state’s cyanide ban; Reps. Henry Waxman and Tom Davis complain to USDA after they learn Washington mad cow wasn’t a downer; and R
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Federal judges fight over snowmobiles in Yellowstone; Kennewick Man is scientific data, not sacred remains; Arlo Looking Glass convicted in murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash; and Union of Concerned Scientists says Bush administration systematically abuses
Tongue-tied in the Southwest
Ruben Cobos’ new book, A Dictionary of New Mexico and Southern Colorado Spanish, is an entertaining introduction to the unique Spanish dialect spoken in the Southwest
Congress overrules the courts
Even when environmentalists win in the courtroom, Congress can overturn the court’s interpretation of an existing law by passing a new one
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President Bush’s budget will cut money for EPA and NOAA, give money for logging; Bush’s budget counts on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and pushes coalbed methane; Modern Pit Facility decision delayed by nuclear agency; and Department of Hea
Generation gap
The environmental laws designed to protect nature for future generations may not survive this generation, unless things change
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Logging to be allowed on California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument; rules relaxed on checking contents of containers shipped to WIPP; environmental and public health groups sue EPA for approving pesticides that harm wildlife; and Alaska’s National Petr
Voices rising from the desert
In Writing the Southwest, editors David King Dunaway and Sara Spurgeon collect interviews with 14 Southwestern writers, and provide a CD of their voices as well
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Bush administration backs off on removing "isolated wetlands" from Clean Water Act protection; EPA’s Bruce Buckheit and J.P. Suarez leave for different reasons; Wal-Mart cracks down on protest; New Mexico vs. Los Alamos National Laboratory
More than just a city on a river
In Hispanic Albuquerque: 1706-1846, Marc Simmons takes readers on a fascinating journey through the history of the Duke City in New Mexico
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EPA boss Mike Leavitt approves Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative; Bush signs Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Forest Service lays off workers to privatize jobs; and former government officials form Environment 2004 to criticize Bush’s environmental policies
New nuke studies are in the works
Congress sets aside money for new nuclear weapons research and tells the Nevada Test Site to get ready for nuclear weapons-testing
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$11 million is set aside for a nuclear trigger factory that Carlsbad, N.M., is hoping to host; Yucca Mountain, Nev., gets $580 million for nuclear waste storage; no extra water for the Rio Grande silvery minnow; Pentagon wins exemptions to environmental l
Getting ready to wreck the vote
Laura Paskus used to love election day even more than Thanksgiving; these days she's having doubts
Cold War workers seek compensation
Former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking information about and compensation for serious health problems caused by their work with radiation and other toxic materials
Atomic comics
Historian and professor Ferenc Szasz says comics were used to reassure the public about nuclear issues during the 1940s and ‘50s
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Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in talks with Army Corps over Missouri River; Wyoming rancher Frank Robbins holds protest rally; "Volunteer Grazing Permit Buying Act" in Congress; and Interior ordered to pay tribes $2 million to make up for drilling
New Mexico goes head-to-head with a nuclear juggernaut
Los Alamos National Laboratory is booming, revitalized by a new era of weapons development – but the state of New Mexico wants the lab to clean up its old Cold War-era messes before it starts making new ones
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New Mexico joins states suing the Environmental Protection Agency for weakening the Clean Air Act; new cleanup schedule for Hanford Nuclear Reservation; court says wastewater from coalbed methane drilling is industrial waste; and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt be