Items by Matt Jenkins
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts Columbia River projects on hold after criticism on cost benefits; a 1,465-acre parcel that is part of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site has been turned over to Indian tribes in Oklahoma; Congress refuses
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 23 that property owners at Lake Tahoe are not entitled to compensation for a moratorium in 1981 on new building that was created to protect Lake Tahoe's blue waters from erosion runoff.
Activists continue to fight against dams on the Bear River, one of three sources that feed Utah's Great Salt Lake, in their push for stricter water conservation along the Wasatch Front.
Forest Service revokes its approval of Rock Creek Mine in Montana; Nevada's fight against Yucca Mountain may be doomed; ARCO will pay $87 million to treat toxic water in Butte, Mont.'s Berkeley Pit; deadline approaches to ban Jet Skis in national parks; A
Nuclear power plant may be built in Idaho; Bruce Babbitt to head international division of Cadiz Inc.; Bonneville Power Administration says salmon will get water this summer; Hanford Nuclear Reservation; CO Rep. Scott McInnis wants single "fire czar."
A serious drought in the Colorado River watershed has California and Arizona wondering where the water will come from.
Two new biographies of Edward Abbey - James Cahalan's "Edward Abbey: A Life" and Jack Loeffler's "Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey," add depth and life to the legendary figure of Cactus Ed.
In an attempt to stem particulate air pollution caused by dust from California's dry Owens Lake, water is being returned to the lake bed for the first time in 90 years.
The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.
Nevada sues over Yucca Mountain; lawsuit against Enron involves Taylor Ranch in Colo.'s San Luis Valley; Blackfeet Tribe's wind-power project stalls; Mark Warren Sands sentenced for torching homes in Ariz.; Steve Huffaker heads Idaho Fish and Game.
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt startles environmentalists with his suggestion for a new national monument on the San Rafael Swell.
Salvage logging plan for Montana's burned Bitterroot forest meets approval; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad line approved; experimental program would kill coyotes to save sage grouse in Idaho and Utah; Steven A. Williams new director of USFWS.
Activists are fighting a copper and silver mine planned for underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana.
A revision of Grand Canyon National Park's River Management Plan is back on track after former superintendent Robert Arnberger dropped it in 1997 because of the controversy it aroused.
Utah's Skull Valley nuclear storage site; Wyoming Game & Fish bails on black-tailed prairie dog plan; lynx-hair fracas continues; Arizona wants to sell power to New Mexico; La Verkin, Utah, repeals anti-U.N. ordinance.
Utah Rep. Jim Hansen to retire; Kathleen Clarke confirmed as new BLM director; Ore. coast coho back under federal protection; Fort Irwin, CA Army training range expanded; Yellowstone ranger Bob Jackson back to work.
The Arizona Supreme Court says the state land department can't deny conservation groups the right to bid on state grazing leases.
Aspen developer John McBride's North Forty housing development aims to create a community for the ski resort's 'middle' class.
A General Accounting Office audit recommends that Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham wait several years to make a decision on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, until studies are complete and serious questions answered.
ANWR drilling plan derailed in Congress; four dams on Lower Snake won't be breached; Montana game rancher Lew Wallace says he'll shoot his elk; Rocky Flats cleanup hits South Carolina roadblock; lawless Thanksgiving in Imperial Sand Dunes, Calif.
Sierra Nevada Framework upheld; Rebecca Watson, Interior Dept., land and minerals mgmt; lawsuit on president's authority to create new monuments dismissed; Bureau of Indian Trust Assets Mgmt.; Torres-Martinez Band of Cahuilla Indians, Salton Sea.
Environmentalists say the Interior Department yanked the teeth from Bruce Babbitt's new set of hard-rock mining regulations when it decided to go with a much-watered-down version.
Cheap Canadian lumber imports; Jack Blackwell regional forester in CA; Biologist Gene Schoonveld fears research spread CWD; ELF bombs BLM wild horse facility near Susanville, CA; Colo. voters derail monorail proposal.
Native American Rights Fund wants Interior Secretary Gale Norton charged with contempt; Bitterroot grizzly reintroduction supported by public; Bonneville Power Administration ends power emergency; BLM sued by ORVers; fee demo extension in the works.
Earthjustice appeals ruling about difference between wild and hatchery salmon; Klamath farmers apply for relief; Idaho Supreme Court denies water to wildlife refuge; Mark Rey confirmed as undersecretary of Ag for Natural Resources/Environment.
Former Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Dennis Ditmanson's attempt to resolve a long-lasting grazing conflict with the ranching Mantle family leads to criticism from staffers and environmentalists.
Three books on Western firefighting are reviewed: "The Season of Fire" by David J. Strohmaier; "Year of the Fires" by Stephen J. Pyne, and "Wildfire: A Reader," edited by Alianor True.
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of Hungry Valley, Nev., is fighting Oil-Dri Corporation's plan to mine clay on nearby public land and process it into kitty litter.
Dale Shewalter's group, the Arizona Trail Association, has been working since 1988 on establishing a north-south route all the way across Arizona.
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