Items by Paul Larmer

Regional wilderness bill gets a hearing
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), which would establish wilderness in five Western states, has little chance of passing.
New plan will protect salmon habitat
"Pacfish" proposal would protect riparian areas of northwest.
The salmon win one
Ruling calls for major reevaluation of Columbia and Snake river dams.
Fly-by tourism may be throttled at Grand Canyon
New rules may curb sightseeing flights over Grand Canyon.
Miners hope to become subdividers
Mid-Continent Resources wants to develop land to help pay for mine cleanup.
State land lease in Idaho goes to the low bidder
Idaho Watersheds Project loses bid for public land to ranchers Will and Vangie Ingram.
Wise-use ordinances suffer legal setback
Boundary County land-use plan found unconstitutional.
Sierra Club to back big wildlands bill
The Sierra Club joins the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in backing the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Battle for Montana wilderness enters its 16th round
Rep. Pat Williams introduces the Montana Wilderness Act for the 16th time, amidst disagreements between The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, The Sierra Club and other members of the environmentalist community.
Arizona BLM punishes 'bad bureaucrat'
BLM hydrologist is censured after charging that groundwater pumping could harm the nation's first national conservation area along the San Pedro River.
Does Aspen need thousands more skiers?
The Forest Service struggles over approval of an Aspen Skiing Co. expansion plan to develop Burnt Mountain, near the Maroon Bells Wilderness.
Rural Colorado county says it is being dumped on
An advocacy group charges that a Waste Management landfill is contaminating their water supply.
More Clinton appointees are confirmed
Clinton appoints officials to the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, NPS, US Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Colorado passes mining reforms
The Colorado legislature passes mining reforms after the Summitville gold mine disaster.
Missile plan shoots for the West
The military wants to launch missiles from Utah into New Mexico.
Areas fear glitzification
Accelerating growth worries locals in Dubois, Wyoming, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Drought in the Northwest hurts salmon, power
Diminished reservoirs slow salmon migration and hike power prices in the Pacific Northwest.
Wise-use ordinance challenged in Idaho
Wise-use organizing tactics come under fire from several environmental groups.
The drill starts to change at Interior
Jim Baca and George Frampton are appointed as heads of the BLM and the Interior Department's fish and wildlife programs, respectively.
Mining reform may hit paydirt in 1993
Mining reform legislation which could overturn the 1872 Mining Law is introduced in Congress.
Two underground resources clash in New Mexico
Oil and gas exploration threatens a pristine cave system.
Dead and dying trees
A Forest Products Industry report proposes cutting more trees.
Babbitt's domain: 1.9 billion acres
Several Interior Department agencies are profiled, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation and many others.
Wildlife 'refuges' play host to bombers, cattle and jetskiers
Wildlife refuges have never been just for wildlife. The 90 million-acre national wildlife refuge system also hosts military maneuvers, cattle, hunters, boaters and other "secondary" users.
A tri-state wilderness area causes strife
A recently released Bureau of Land Management Draft EIS for wilderness within Owyhee Canyonlands in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada has sparked controversy.
Careful planning avoids takings
A cautious approach can help a community avoid "takings" lawsuits.