Items by Jodi Peterson

Dang crazy women
In their latest anthology, Crazy Woman Creek, Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier and Nancy Curtis gather the authentic voices of Western women of all kinds
The wages of sprawl
A new documentary, Making Sense of Place: Phoenix, the Urban Desert, uses the Arizona megalopolis to show what happens when urban sprawl is unchecked
Public lands lifeline
Mining claims, hardrock mining, public lands, Environmental Working Group, Western Mining Action Project, Roger Flynn, National Mining Association, Luke Popovich
Will a mining-reform victory hold water in Nevada?
The "perpetual treatment" trust fund requirement faces its first challenge in Nevada, where the mining industry and the EPA disagree over how much money will be needed to treat long-lasting pollution at the Phoenix mine
An antidote to despair
Chip Ward’s new book, Hope’s Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land, takes a clear-eyed, optimistic look at the nation’s ecological problems
New rules coming down for off-roaders
The Forest Service plans to rein in cross-country travel by off-road vehicles, but enforcing new rules may prove next to impossible
BLM gags an archaeologist to get out the gas
BLM archaeologist Blaine Miller says that a slew of new oil and gas projects could harm spectacular Indian rock art and ruins in Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon
Oceans need a sea change
New reports from the United States Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission agree that America’s oceans are over-fished, polluted, and in desperate need of new management policies
Souvenir or sacred artifact?
The American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation seeks to return Indian sacred objects to the people who created them
Toxic chemical creeping toward Colorado River
Chromium 6 is moving from the California desert toward the Colorado River, and officials fear it might contaminate the drinking water supply of 20 million people
Report unearths the high cost of mining
A new report from Earthworks and Oxfam America, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment, details the waste and pollution produced by modern mining
Small steps for wilderness
Arizona activists team up with Rep. Raul Grijalva to create a small-scale wilderness proposal for the Tumacacori Highlands
Songs in the key of life
Earthjustice, best known for legal service for environmental causes, has released a CD with a message of making tomorrow better
Greenhouse gases go underground
Plans for permanently storing carbon dioxide in oil fields will benefit energy companies who already use carbon dioxide injection to boost output.
Drought forces Las Vegas to reach deeper for water
Lake Mead has dropped to about 58 percent of its capacity, and the quality of the water has changed, causing more expensive production and increased danger of not meeting health standards
A city we can live with
Emile Buchwald’s Toward the Livable City offers essays and art to entice readers toward the antidote to suburban sprawl – sustainable, vital, high-density cities
Are mountain lions in danger of disappearing?
Disappearing habitat and an increase in hunting quotas based on politics and guesswork are threatening the stability of mountain lion populations in the West.
Can't we all just get along
A new report, Making the Most of Science in the American West: An Experiment, aims at teaching Westerners to work with scientists to avoid environmental conflicts, according to co-author Patricia Nelson Limerick
Heroes for the wild
The upcoming 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is being celebrated with "Wilderness Hero" award nominations, sponsored by a range of conservation groups
Defense company turns from rockets to real estate
Aerospace and defense company GenCorp wants to build a new development on its former rocket-testing site near Sacramento, Calif., but critics are worried about old pollutants in the groundwater
Big cats on the block
In The Beast in the Garden, David Baron looks at our changing relationships with predators, focusing on the death of a young Colorado man who was killed by a mountain lion
Rollbacks on the range
The Bureau of Land Management plans to revise its Clinton-era grazing regulations, and critics say the changes will let ranchers ride roughshod over the public lands
No place for pesky nuclear waste
The European-owned company LES wants to produce nuclear fuel near Eunice, N.M., but has yet to come up with a plan for storing the highly toxic, radioactive byproduct
Salmon get a break from pesticides
U.S. District Judge John Coughenour bans the use of 38 pesticides near streams that host endangered runs of salmon and steelhead in Washington, Oregon and California
Indian poll power
NativeVote 2004 seeks to rally as many American Indians as possible to register and vote in the November election
Dear Friends
New Colorado interns Jodi Peterson and Alex Pasquariello; anatomical accuracy of Maryann Webster’s HCN cover painting
The BLM is blowing in the wind
The Bureau of Land Management is studying the prospects for developing wind energy on Western public lands
Ready, set, vote
A coalition called America Votes plans to educate voters and work with grassroots groups across the country to pump up election-day turnout
Being rich isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
A report from the Center of the American West -- What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy – explains why the West is stuck in the middle of the nation’s energy fight
Looking out for the little guys
The Paonia, Colorado-based Center for Native Ecosystems tries to look out for the kind of endangered species often neglected by other groups