Items by Greg Hanscom

Acequia culture feels under the gun
In his own words, artist and scholar Nicasio Romero talks about the threats facing the centuries-old acequia farm culture of New Mexico.
The Wayward West
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.
Senator jumps the gun for the military
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.
New tools for bird buffs
The "Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas" and a set of CD-Roms called "Better Birdwatching in Colorado" are excellent resources for Colorado birdwatchers.
The Wayward West
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.
The Wayward West
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.
Does a wilderness bill include a driveway?
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.
The Wayward West
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
'It's like the Manhattan Project...'
In his own words, conservation biologist Michael Soulé discusses the responsibility of scientists to restore wilderness and preserve wildlife.
'This is not a radical notion...'
In his own words, Dave Foreman - who helped found Earth First! - discusses blending poetry with science to save wildlife through The Wildlands Project.
Can science heal the land?
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.
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Visionaries or dreamers?
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.
Indian money: Where is it?
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.
Clearcut the neighborhood
"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.
Agencies seek quieter public meetings
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.
Grand Staircase-Escalante in the spotlight
Some locals are pleased and some environmentalists displeased with the BLM's proposed management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Wayward West
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.
The Wayward West
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.
Bounty on wolf killers
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.
The Wayward West
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.
The Wayward West
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.
Southwest cows have friends in high places
Alaska Republican Don Young puts pressure on Southwest Regional Forester Eleanor Towns to reveal which of her staffers may have ties to environmental groups.
Proposed land trade riles Crested Butte
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.
The Wayward West
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.
A banker battles to hold the government accountable
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.
Tribes reclaim stolen lands
Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.
The Wayward West
SUWA's new slogan: "Protect Wild Utah"; Ray and Ron Pene may not mine Westwater Canyon; Wayne Hage sues federal gov't.; Louisiana-Pacific's Dana Dulohery gets five months' jail; Wyo.'s South Pass listed by World Monument Fund as endangered.
Feds propose weak organic food rules
Colorado organic rancher Mel Coleman rallies opposition to proposed new federal standards on "organic" label that would allow antibiotics and chemicals in so-called organic beef.
Some tourists opt for a dose of reality
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.