High Country News July 07, 1997
The state of Wyoming remains stuck in the Old West and trapped by its myths and boom-and-bust cycles, while outside its boundaries the New West comes to life.
An Appalachian transplant seeks community in Wyoming coal towns Gillette and Wright.
Wyoming's peculiar tax system means that the poorest families help carry the wealthier mineral industries.
Summer skipped issue; in memory of Marge Higley; Paul Larmer to direct Writers on the Range; share reading lists or books with a Denver community center; connecting to the West.
Yellowstone's reintroduced wolves are thriving - and reproducing - in the park.
Republicans in Congress give up on extra riders - including some anti-environmental riders - that were bogging down the flood-relief bill.
In Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest, environmentalists protest the China Left timber sale, saying logging will harm endangered coho salmon.
Bernardine Suitum, 80, sues Tahoe Regional Planning Agency over her desire to develop a lot she owns in Incline Village, Nev.
N.M. Sen. Pete Domenici and Indian leaders are in a stand-off over road building in Petroglyph National Monument.
The Forest Service's attempt to shut down a gun range on the edge of Sabino Canyon Recreation Area leads to embarrassment when the agency's expert witness, Glen Shumsky, is found to be a fraud.
Although the Southwest remains too dry, most of the West rejoices in an unusually wet year - and is grateful to have avoided much flooding.
The Oregon Natural Resources Council leads a coalition in asking the Forest Service to end all logging of municipal watersheds in the Northwest.
As the logging of the Taylor Ranch resumes, protests flare up in the local community of San Luis, Colo.
Mining supporters outnumber environmentalists at a series of meetings held in the West by the BLM to consider possible changes in BLM mining regulations.
As the Forest Service gets a court OK to resume logging in Idaho's Cove-Mallard, activists resume protesting and getting arrested.
Four workers at the Hanford, Wash., plutonium reclamation facility say they are still suffering health problems after a May 14 accident at the facility.
The Forest Service prohibits scattering human ashes on its land - and Native Americans object, too - but the remains keep appearing.
A 10-mile stretch of lakes, creeks and a waterfall in Lincoln County, Wash. - dry for a decade - come back to life this spring as the drought ends.
Looter gets break on sentence; Tate and Hodel replace Reed in Christian Coalition; Wyo.'s Gov. Jim Geringer on endangered ranching; Helen Chenoweth on "warm-climate community"; Hari Heath's Benewah County group secedes; Dan Quayle gets Western address.
"Water Partnerships: Can Competing Users Cooperate to Manage a Vital Resource ... and Live Happily Ever After?" takes place July 30-Aug. 1 in Gunnison, Colo.
The free magazine, "The Bear Essential," is holding its first annual Edward Abbey short fiction contest, deadline Sept. 2.
The nonprofit Ecological Consultants for the Public Interest, founded five months ago by Boulder, Colo., lawyer Randall Weiner, has already made headlines.
The government's planning team for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is seeking ideas.
The Access Fund, a Boulder, Colo.-based rock climbers' group, seeks to keep climbing unrestricted on public lands.
Oregon's new magazine, "Capital Press," covers agricultural issues in the Northwest.
"Consumer Reports" rates its subscribers' experiences in American national parks and finds many complaints about parking, bad roads and overcrowding.
Patricia Stokowski's book, "Riches and Regrets: Betting on Gambling in Two Colorado Mountain Towns," explores how casino gambling brought money but destroyed community in Central City, Colo., and Black Hawk, Colo.
Heard Around the West
Las Vegas chutzpah; a cemetery scholar's grave observations; crazy snowboarding and dangerous driving; football as blood sport in Albuquerque; angler rumps and porta-potties in Idaho; heartening news in Idaho and Washington.