Items by Greg Hanscom
President Clinton announces an initiative to protect 40-60 million acres of unroaded national forests.
Some river activists and farmers worry that Subhis Shah, chief engineer and CEO of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, is out to start a "water-banking empire" rather than conserve water.
The endangered silvery minnow is forcing the water users of the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico to reconsider the ways cities, towns, pueblos and farms have always made use of the river.
In his own words, artist and scholar Nicasio Romero talks about the threats facing the centuries-old acequia farm culture of New Mexico.
Salmon vs. traffic light in Puyallup, Wash.; two male sockeye journey up Salmon River; Church Universal & Triumphant gives USFS winter bison range; BLM told to be quicker getting cows off damaged land; Utah's Capitol Reef N.P. buys grazing allotment.
Environmentalists and other critics are irate at Sen. John McCain's proposal to allow the military use of 3 million acres of public land in Arizona and New Mexico, including the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona.
The "Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas" and a set of CD-Roms called "Better Birdwatching in Colorado" are excellent resources for Colorado birdwatchers.
This spring 50 wolf cubs born at Yellowstone; In Nev., a bill would allow manufactured homes into exclusive neighborhoods; Gray Ranch, N.M., wants prairie dogs from Mexico; nuclear industry seeks support for Yucca Mtn.; no alcohol in Fort Peck Res., MT.
BLM fines stray cows along San Pedro in Ariz.; stray bison near Yellowstone not protected by new wildlife plan; new bus system slated for Yosemite hits speed bump; voluntary June climbing ban at Devil's Tower; plans to buy Loomis forest in Wash.
Critics say that Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard's Spanish Peaks wilderness bill leaves a road unprotected - a "cherry stem" - that will benefit developer Tom Chapman, who owns a mining claim at the end of it.
Rep. Jim Hansen of Utah snatches bill HR 1500 from Utah Wilderness Coalition for his own bill; Wyo. Sen. Craig Thomas wants to stop gov't from getting more land; first radioactive waste goes to WIPP; Colo. House committee kills corporate hog-farming bill
In his own words, conservation biologist Michael Soulé discusses the responsibility of scientists to restore wilderness and preserve wildlife.
In his own words, Dave Foreman - who helped found Earth First! - discusses blending poetry with science to save wildlife through The Wildlands Project.
An air tour of west-central New Mexico flies over the region's "sky islands" - isolated mountain ranges rich in biological diversity that activists and scientists are trying to preserve.
Earth First! founder Dave Foreman and conservation biologist Michael Soulé founded The Wildlands Project, a scientifically based plan to save endangered wildlife by restoring and reconnecting the scattered islands of wilderness remaining in the West.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt held in contempt of court for stonewalling a class-action lawsuit aimed at tracking down billions of dollars his department collected from grazing, oil, gas and timber on Indian reservations.
"More Dogs on Main Street" by Tom Clyde is a collection of often humorous newspaper columns focused on the transformation of Park City, Utah, from a rough mountain town to a posh ski resort.
At public hearings on BLM's draft management plan for Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, the agency has introduced new "town meeting" format which limits comments to written rather than spoken - a change activists deem a blow to democracy.
Some locals are pleased and some environmentalists displeased with the BLM's proposed management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
BLM Director Pat Shea promoted to Acting Deputy Ass't Sec'y for Land & Minerals Mgmt.; Sierra Club's Carl Pope; Calif. police excused for dousing protesters w/ pepper spray; fifth Mexican wolf found dead in Southwest; snipers kill cows in Moses Lake, WA.
Forest Service finds bomb in Driggs, Idaho; Vail ski resort denies arson will harm skiing; BuRec tightens security at Western dams; Elko County, Nev., crews bulldoze a USFS road along the Jarbidge River.
Environmental groups and the U.S. government offer a $25,000 reward for the arrest of whoever has been killing the Mexican wolves recently reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico.
Coeur d'Alene Tribe gets to retain control of one-third of its namesake lake; San Juan, County, Wash., bans jet skis; Atlas Minerals Corp. files for bankruptcy; Oregon farmers will get subsidies for planting trees along waterways.
Alaska Rep. Don Young, R, won't get his list of environmentally inclined Forest Service staffers; giant omnibus public-lands bill is defeated; Montana fines Canyon Resources Corp. for polluting streams; Hanford "downwinders" lawsuit is dismissed.
Environmentalists say that a land exchange that would give 500 acres of Forest Service land to Crested Butte Mountain Resort in exchange for inholdings and other land is skewed in favor of the ski resort.
Peregrine falcon goes off Endangered Species list; other listed species now extinct; Audubon Society appeals judge's decision to remove wolves in Idaho; Calif. pays $9 million for poisoning Lake Davis; Kelsey Begaye runs for Navajo Nation's president.
Alaska Republican Don Young puts pressure on Southwest Regional Forester Eleanor Towns to reveal which of her staffers may have ties to environmental groups.
Browning, Mont., banker Elouise Cobell uncovers a huge financial mess involving billions of dollars of tribal money somehow misplaced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Meg Scherch-Peterson on Shell’s giving up drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Now what?
- George Winters on What Mt. Hood’s fading summer ski season means
- John F Mijer on Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Gary Beverly on Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
- John Worlock on Endurance runners in the Grand Canyon are missing the point