December 8, 1997


Mono Lake: Victory over Los Angeles turns into local controversy
California's Mono Lake has been saved from Los Angeles' thirst, but a new local battle is brewing over the water in the lake's streams, and the question of how far to take restoration of the area.


A court deems a lake worthy of water
A law professor describes the legal process by which California's Mono Lake was preserved from the thirsty city of Los Angeles.
How the far right spreads its "wacky' ideas
A human rights activist considers the ways in which the "New Righters of the Purple Sage" arrive at and promote their ideas.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
HCN research fund; Herman F. Dieterich; turkeys are gone.


Salvage law haunts Utah
Environmentalists appeal a huge salvage timber sale in Utah's Manti-La Sal National Forest, and hope that an agency ruling in their favor proves the salvage logging rider is dead at last.
The greening of Mount St. Helens
The trees that Weyerhaeuser Co. replanted after Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 are doing surprisingly well.
Is the Park Service too timid?
Some say the Park Service is overreacting in closing some areas of Mount Rainier National Park to visitors to protect them from possible mudslides.
Amax returns with a vengeance
Cyprus-Amax is determined to start mining molybdenum near Crested Butte, Colo., despite local opposition which defeated the company once 20 years ago.
The Wayward West
Quincy Library Group bill; Navajos reject gambling; no money from Clinton for Mt. Graham telescope; Rep. Peter DeFazio seeks mining royalties instead of user fees; truce on logging in Rio Arriba County, N.M.; Romer approves "A-LP Lite.'
Tribe doesn't dig it
The Tohono O'odham Tribal Council decides against building a controversial casino on ancient ruins.
One dam falls, another rises
A dam on the Diamond Fork River goes down, but the Central Utah Project still lives, with a plan to pump reservoir water to farmers, although not to Salt Lake City.
Completing a prairie ecosystem
Native Americans welcome the return of endangered black-footed ferrets to the Fort Belknap Reservation.
Saving species: A guide for the perplexed
In Congress, Democrats and Republicans engage in complicated battles over the Endangered Species Act.
Ancient cedars get a life
The Forest Service puts together a land swap that saves a 530-acre grove of 1,200-year-old trees from logging.

Book Reviews

Get to work
The Student Conservation Corp. seeks interns who want to work on conservation projects all over the country.
Termite tenacity
Giant fossilized termite mounds are discovered by geobiologists near Gallup, N.M.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Alfred E. Neuman goes West; strange true crime stories; Utah vs. Olympics beer; Utah vs. Rodin; "Jerks in Montana history," D.I.A. and blizzards; suggestions for future.