High Country News August 18, 1997
A close look at the history of the West reveals that human beings have meddled with and sometimes changed the landscape for as long as they have lived on the continent.
The contrary West (wet weather); Silverton newspaper for sale; fun interruptions; Awesome and other news; and HCN's website gets a makeover.
The National Cancer Institute has been sitting on a study that says up to 72,000 people - many living far from nuclear bomb test sites in Nevada - may have been exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation in the 1950s.
The Navajo Nation tries to come to terms with a growing garbage problem that has led to numerous illegal dumps on the reservation.
A broken pipe in Utah's Flaming Gorge Dam creates a crisis and harms a trout fishery downstream.
In Oregon, five protesters win in court over trespassing charges stemming from the Warner Creek fire sale in Willamette National Forest.
Town officials in Forks, Wash., which has been badly hit by logging restrictions, complain to the state government that they were promised economic assistance.
New Forest Service Chief Michael Dombeck shuffles personnel in the West around making changes environmentalists say are a step in the right direction.
The Department of Energy begins a series of underground nuclear detonations at the Nevada Test Site, and environmentalists and arms control groups protest.
Lyle McNeal, founder of Utah State University's Navajo Sheep Project, comes to a crisis with the university and files suit against it over the future of his project to save the Churro sheep.
President Clinton and Interior Secretary Babbitt remake the Interior Dept., appointing Patrick Shea to head BLM; Jamie Rappaport Clark to head Fish & Wildlife; Kathy Karpan to the Office of Surface Mining, and Robert Stanton to direct the Park Service.
A report by the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, "Winter Visitor Use Management," discusses the threats to the park brought on by recent, greatly increased winter visitation.
The nonprofit Mono Lake Committee is getting ready for a Restoration Days celebration, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
Two conservationists and a rancher in New Mexico found the Quivira Coalition to seek a middle way between environmentalists and wise-users.
Book review of Dave Smith's "Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters."
The heritage program of the Colville National Forest will host Journey Home: The Homecoming Heritage Celebration, Aug. 21-24.
Book review of the Sonoran Institute's "Preserving Working Ranches in the West."
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance coordinates volunteers to survey what's still possible wilderness in the state.
Book review of "Misplaced Blame: The Real Roots of Population Growth" by Alan Thein Durning and Christopher D. Crowther.
A cross-country bicycle trip through the West reveals quirky and sometimes enigmatic road signs everywhere.
A stroll through Sedona, Ariz., the West's New Age center, shows that enlightenment is there for the finding - if you have enough money.
A writer looks back ruefully at what went wrong with a one-time utopian, back-to-the-land community in Oregon.
Musing on the gravestones in Anaconda, Mont., a writer theorizes that one can tell whether a town is Old West or New West by the ratio of the buried to the currently alive inhabitants.
After a neighbor dies of hantavirus, a California pacifist grapples with whether - and how - to destroy the deer mice that carry the disease.
Heard Around the West
Aspen's swimming pool war; Phil Anschutz's golf course near Greeley, Colo.; studying prairie dog language; "Animal Farm" no defense in Newport, Wash.; animal cruelty case; trees cut in Eugene, Ore.; did Steve Mealey moon the shoreline?; "Bare Bum Beach"
A look at odd statistics in the West includes a few surprises.