Magazine
Beauty and the Beast: The president's new monument forces southern Utah to face its tourism future

April 14, 1997

As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.

Feature

Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions
California's new Mojave National Preserve, touted as "a park for the 21st century," seeks to remain primitive and to avoid alienating the small communities in and around the preserve.

Essays

Yellowstone's "geyser guy' was one of the park's best friends
An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Plaudits for Frank and Deborah Popper; visitors, corrections, and Rob Pudim's "consensus cartoon" comes home.

News

ESA ruling: More sound than fury
The Supreme Court rules that people can use the Endangered Species Act to sue the feds for protecting species too much, as enviros use it to sue for protecting species too little - and those on both sides seem pleased by the changes.
Judge tells feds to list and protect
A federal judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list four Southwestern species as endangered and to set aside habitat for them and two others already listed.
Cows aren't "wild and scenic'
A federal judge orders cattle off Oregon's Donner und Blitzen River, saying the BLM has failed to protect 75 miles of the wild and scenic river.
A Utah vendetta
Utah politicians, angry at actor Robert Redford's support of the controversial new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, pass a resolution to turn Redford's Sundance resort into a wilderness.
Frogs sport too many legs
Scientists say the eight-legged frogs showing up in western Oregon are probably victims of a trematode parasite.
BLM ditches law-enforcement rules
Following complaints, the BLM withdraws new "plain English" regulations on the agency's law-enforcement authority.
Cars and wilderness collide on a rim
Some want to open the last 12 unroaded miles of Oregon's Hells Canyon western rim to vehicles.
Money: the real political organizer
A survey of soft money focuses on Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz and his generosity to the Republican party.
Cars kill trees
California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.
Burning for a buck
People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.

Book Reviews

Cherish and Renew: Restoring Western Ecosystems and Communities
A conference, To Cherish and Renew: Restoring Western Ecosystems and Communities, in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 17-19.
Desert Conference
The 19th Desert Conference, at Oregon's Malheur Field Station, April 24-27.
Tribal force
A new comic book called "Tribal Force" wants to offer positive role models as well as entertainment to young Native Americans.
The burning barrel
A film called "The Burning Barrel," intended for PBS, offers a nostalgic portrait of a South Dakota childhood and a grim view of the present.
Bringing back the small family farm
A handbook called "Rebirth of the Small Family Farm," by Bob and Bonnie Gregson, offers advice for would-be organic farmers.
Here's looking at tourism
"Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West" conference to be put on by the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, May 1-2.
The information dirt road
A report titled "The Information Dirt Road" says that rural areas such as western Colorado are being shortchanged by the deregulation of telecommunications.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Science fair project on condoms; nudists worry about neighbors in Ariz.; Moab's concern about teens on slickrock; "genital broke" horse; pet psychic fair in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Yellowstone bison slaughter; ADC helps rich folks in N.M.; workout hints.
Heard around the West
Science fair project on condoms; nudists worry about neighbors in Ariz.; Moab's concern about teens on slickrock; "genital broke" horse; pet psychic fair in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Yellowstone bison slaughter; ADC helps rich folks in N.M.; workout hints.

Letters

Sidebar

A proud and defiant native
Garfield County Commissioner Louise Liston in her own words on her fight against the monument and her struggle to preserve what she sees as important in the region.
'This monument was just plain stupid'
Roger Holland, a Kanab town councilman, in his own words on why he hates the new national monument.
Let's 'work with the situation'
Gerry Rankin, mayor of Big Water, Utah, in her own words describes her town's high hopes for Andalex's mine, but says she is willing to work with the new situation the new monument is bringing.
A miner turns host
Jerry Freeman, owner of the tiny town of Nipton, Calif., in his own words on why he thinks the preserve will be a good - and profitable - thing.
This rancher wants to stay
Rancher Rob Blair in his own words on why he intends to keep raising cattle on the Mojave Preserve.