Items by Michelle Nijhuis

Oil clashes with elk in the Book Cliffs
Utah's remote and little known Book Cliffs area seemed ripe for preservation under an innovative, locally grown initiative - until oilman Oscar Wyatt stepped in to challenge it.
Wildlife dollars fund prison
An audit shows that money intended for Colorado state wildlife programs has been spent to buy land for prisons in Rifle and Delta.
Groups sue over microbes
The National Park Service is being sued by three environmental organizations for allowing private "bioprospecting" in Yellowstone National Park and backing off from its mandate to protect the park's resources.
Tribes protest Ward Valley dump site
Members of five Native American tribes are protesting the government's plan to store nuclear waste in Ward Valley, Calif.
The mouse that roared "Preble"
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which thrives in the same habitat as houses and developments, could bring growth on Colorado's Front Range to a halt if it is listed as endangered.
Feds ready to get WIPPed
The controversial Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., is scheduled to open to store nuclear waste this spring.
'Ghost roads' haunt forests
Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck says there are over 60,000 miles of unmapped "ghost roads" in national forests.
A scarlet "A' for ASARCO?
ASARCO's plans to mine copper in Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains have been put on hold.
Fore! on the Inyo National Forest
The Snow Creek golf course in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., has a permit to turn 95 acres of the Inyo National Forest into an expansion of the golf course.
Wanted: More Colorado Natives
Trout Unlimited is trying to restore native wild trout to Colorado's rivers and lakes.
Road ban proposal eroded by exceptions
The Clinton administration's proposed moratorium on road building in roadless areas is meeting criticism from the timber industry, as well as from environmentalists who say the proposal excludes too much land.
Zoologist says listing process is endangered
Zoologist Ronald Nowak resigns from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in protest over the agency's failure to do its job listing and protecting threatened species such as the Canada lynx.