Items by Taffeta Elliott

Weighing artifacts against gold
The BLM orders a two-year moratorium on a cyanide heap-leach gold mine planned by Glamis Imperial Corp. for land in California near Yuma, Ariz., that the Quechan Indians say is sacred.
Mine fires up potters
Picuris Pueblo potters fear that expansion of a privately owned mica mine near Penasco, N.M., will use up the last-known micaceous clay, which they use in their traditional pottery.
Gateways to good growth
The book, "Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities," by Jim Howe, Ed McMahon and Luther Propst is reviewed.
Between an oil lease and a hard place
The BLM is in the middle of a mess it created when it sold oil and gas rights in New Mexico's Bisti/De-Na-Zin wilderness before it became a wilderness.
Air Force drops a sweetheart deal onto ranch land
The U.S. Air Force plans to offer Idaho rancher Bert Brackett around $1 million to turn his grazing allotment into a bombing range.
National parks pull the plug on jet skis
The National Park Service will ban personal watercraft on almost all of its waterways.
The Wayward West
USFS halts climbing-anchor ban; Idaho fights return of part of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe; publisher Gibbs Smith quits SUWA board; Yosemite Nat'l Park plans new bus system; golf course planned in Inyo Nat'l Forest (CA) faces lawsuit.
You can eat the scenery
The Wilderness Society issues a report, "The New Challenge: People, Commerce and the Environment in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region."
Birds bridge borders
The group Partners in Flight tries to stem the decline in the migrating bird populations of North and South America.
Grab your place in paradise
In Montana, the Church Universal and Triumphant decides to sell 3,000 acres of the Paradise Valley.
Spills and secrets
The Alberton Community Coalition for Environmental Health wants to educate people about the hazardous waste carried by railroads.
Bombers battled from the ground
In northern New Mexico, residents battle Air Force plans for a new bombing range.
The illustrated adventures of bison
The new 400-page, four-pound "Draft EIS for Interagency Bison Management Plan for the State of Montana and Yellowstone National Park" considers seven alternatives in the management of wandering bison in the Yellowstone area.
Ordering chicken for a whole town
NUCHIK Inc. wants to build one of the largest chicken-processing plants in the West in the town of Artesia, N.M., but some fear the ensuing population growth would be more than the small town could handle.
Smaller and smaller forests
Three "forest fragmentation" videotapes discuss the serious threats to forest health caused by humans cutting Colorado and Wyoming forests into smaller isolated stands.
Most favor the grizzly
A summary of public comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to restore grizzlies in Idaho and Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness shows 77 percent in favor, but some environmentalists say there are still problems with the plan.
Hot and beautiful
A report by the U.S. Geological Survey, "Tapping the Earth's Natural Heat," discusses geothermal power and its possible impacts on the environment.