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High Country News June 23, 1997


On the trail of mining's corporate nomads

The copper mining company Summo USA's plans to mine in northern New Mexico and Lisbon Valley, Utah, lead a reporter to follow what happens when local communities resist - and don't resist - a hardrock mining project.


Boise pushes on its river, and the river shoves back

Boise, Idaho, realizes that its beloved river needs room to flow, and that riverfront development may have to be controlled.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Word from Gretchen; corrections, including Charlotte Black Elk; about guns and such (Myles Rademan), diversity; a new look for HCN; May 31 board meeting; advice; and call them fellows.


Proposed ski resort does a face plant

After a 25-year battle, developer Fred Kummer gives up his plan for the Adam's Rib Ski Resort in Colorado's Eagle County.

Tribes say count us out

A forum intended to come up with a salmon recovery plan loses support when four Northwest Indian tribes withdraw, charging that the process favors hydropower, not fish.

The Wayward West

Babbitt borrows from Broadway; Moabites convicted of pilfering artifacts, Billings, Mont., poacher fined; Al Schneberger quits N.M. Cattle Growers' Assn.; Ruckus Society protesters arrested; Adam Werbach and Bert Fingerhut head enviro governing councils.

Darkness un-Vailed

Vail Associates' plans for night skiing on Colorado's Vail Mountain are withdrawn after locals protest.

Climbing ban fails

The Forest Service reverses a climbing ban at Cave Rock in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., despite Indian claims that the site is sacred.

New plan draws hisses, boos

The long-awaited draft of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project draws little but criticism from environmentalists, loggers, Indian tribes and ranchers.

Politics here consists of hating the East

As the world's great powers meet in Denver and history happens in their countries' capitals, American politicians seem to think of nothing but sex.

Did ranchers fire a university president?

The firing of New Mexico State University President J. Michael Orenduff may have been at the behest of ranching interests.

Bills target Antiquities Act

Utah lawmakers try to push bills thgrough Congress to limit the Antiquities Act and control management of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument created with the Antiquities Act.

What to do about a nasty fish

Californians protest the Dept. of Fish and Game's plans to poison northern pike in Lake Davis before the voracious fish migrates down the Feather River and destroys the state's commercial sport-fishing industry.

Did agency get in bed with loggers?

Environmentalists accuse the Forest Service of conspiring with the timber industry in the logging of Idaho's Payette Nat'l Forest, but a federal judge disagrees.

Las Vegas may shoot craps with its water

A small but determined group protests Las Vegas' plan to take more water from Lake Mead and the Colorado River, saying the city's growth is already out of control and a potential public-health disaster looms if the water is contamined.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Bobby Unser whines about fires; runners win in Colo. Nat'l Monument; Nev. Republican Rep. Jim Kibbens vs. BLM "monsters"; he's baaack! (Tom Chapman); Indians protest "John Wayne Parkway"; Karelian bear dogs in Glacier N.P. and bear raids T-shirt makers.

Related Stories

A fruit-grower opposes mining - and tourism

In his own words, orchardist Estevan Arellano speaks of querencia - love of home - and how it is threatened by Summo's planned copper mine.

Blasting from the past: the 1872 Mining Law

A brief glossary on the 1872 Mining Law.

A mine turns two landowners into activists

In their own words, Kay Howe and Claudia Akers discuss how their homesteading in Utah's Lisbon Valley turned them into anti-mining activists.

Genealogy of a mining company

Tracing Summo USA's family tree can be challenging, since it is wholly owned by Summo Minerals, a Canadian company, which does nothing but own its American company.

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