Items by Michelle Nijhuis
Some Native Americans warn that the unexpected arrival of money in the form of claim payments can have harmful impacts on impoverished tribes.
After generations of struggle, the Western Shoshone decide in a divisive election to accept land settlement payments from the federal government in lieu of the tribe's ancestral lands, which one spanned the Great Basin.
Utah Rep. Jim Hansen proposes half a million acres of wilderness in western Utah, but in the same amendment would dump hazardous waste in the nearby Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.
Pulling onions alongside a Mexican field worker, the writer describes the hard work and meager pay for a product that will sell for 50 times what workers are paid.
Across the West, Native Americans are working to revive vanishing tribal languages, using their elders and language-immersion schools to try to gain fluent speakers.
Winter break; Ray Ring writes on Montana; good books and such; visitors; Radio HCN update; HCN gets honorable mention for John B. Oakes award.
A new edition of "Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage" by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy, reports the fascinating findings of the University of Arizona's "Garbage Project."
In "Tony and the Cows," writer Will Baker investigates the life and death of radical environmentalist Tony Merten, who was accused of killing 34 cows and calves in New Mexico.
California ends electric deregulation; new wolf packs found in Montana, Idaho; Forest Service overspends firefighting budget; Western land trusts booming.
Kathleen Clarke picked as BLM head; USFWS and enviro groups agree to speed up ESA listings; Mont. Gov. Judy Martz wants to shrink Missouri Breaks monument; Bonanza, Ore., sues irrigators and agencies for polluting its water.
The government's General Accounting Office criticizes the $1.6 billion National Fire Plan approved by Congress last September.
Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA); Interior Dept. still in mess over Indian trust accounts; law firm hired by government for Yucca Mtn. also lobbies for nuclear industry; Bush may roll back Clinton-era restriction on coal-fired power plants.
Fire czar Lyle Laverty; no gold mine on Wash.'s Buckhorn Mtn.; EPA nixes radioactive waste storage in western Colo.; utilities lobby for nuclear waste site on Goshute Reservation, Utah; Las Vegas to dump more treated wastewater in Lake Mead.
Clinton's roadless plan for national forests has stalled out, caught in a Bush-era legal and bureaucratic labyrinth.
A state-by-state rundown on state trust lands in the West gives information along with acreage for surface and subsurface area.
Greg Woodall and his sister, Carla, are focusing on Arizona's state school trust land in their quest to save the desert landscape around Scottsdale, Ariz., through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
"Getting Over the Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest," an anthology edited by Scott Slovic, is a fine and inclusive work that features familiar and unfamiliar writers.
Fallout from Jeffords' party switch; Las Vegas' wastewater poisoning Lake Mead fish; Green party may lose major-party status in N.M.; snowmobile manufacturers fight Park Service ban; Colorado land swap killed.
Environmentalists and land managers are girding their loins to deal with President Bush's energy policy, which calls for more drilling, pipelines, power plants and power lines on Western public lands.
In their book, "Tunnel Kids," writer Lawrence J. Taylor and photographer Maeve Hickey take a compassionate look at a group of homeless Mexican teenagers who live amid a network of dirty, dangerous tunnels on the Mexico-U.S. border.
The Bush administration is working to revise and weaken Clinton's roadless area conservation rules for national forests.
Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck resigns; Northern Rockies' spring mushroom boom; Yosemite's public bus system; new protection for California deserts; wolves may move to Utah.
New Mexico rancher Sid Goodloe has started the Southern Rockies Agricultural Land Trust to convince his neighbors that conservation easements to preserve private land are a fine idea.
In "True Tales from Another Mexico," journalist Sam Quinones explores the "unofficial Mexico" and its stubborn innovators, risk-takers and rebels, whose stories seldom make the news.
Analyzing election's growth-related measures; Gale Norton will keep new monuments, with some changes; agencies ordered to study antelope in Ariz.; tentative agreement on Jarbidge River road in Utah; Pueblo activists fight proposed cement plant.
"Divided waters" lead story; Sandy Tolan's radio advice; reader feedback; HCN business folk; congratulations to Chip Giller and correction.
Idaho's first predator-control policy allows an aggressive approach, with a current plan to kill at least 75 bears and 10 mountain lions near the Lochsa River in an attempt to boost elk numbers.
The Nez Perce tribe's success in wolf recovery is one of many stories of successful and innovative wildlife management by Indian tribes.
Changing times for tribes; HCN potluck in Phoenix; a look at HCN's books; Stephen Pyne talks about fire.
- Candace Oathout on No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
- Stephen Hall on Rants from the Hill: Reno is a desert city with a river heart
- Kent Udell on No, federal land transfers are not in the Constitution
- The Taylors on How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
- Stu Williams on How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked