August 3, 1998
Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.
A federal judge rules against Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to save coastal coho salmon through a state tax on timber that included a clause terminating the tax if a federal endangered listing were approved.
Utah Wilderness Coalition volunteers, doing a re-inventory of BLM lands left out of a previous wilderness proposal, come up with 3 million more acres, making a total of 8.5 million acres that activists say should be protected as wilderness.
Inholdings making up 12 percent of Calif.'s Mojave Nat'l Preserve for sale; 7 of 11 re-introduced Mexican wolves still alive in Southwest; USFWS proposes listing Canada lynx as "threatened"; USFS plans to log Oregon's watershed; L-P still owes money.
Northern New Mexico's Valles Caldera is for sale, and many think the world's largest extinct volcano ought to become the nation's next national park.
Congress is slow to act on the chance to purchase and protect New Mexico's Valles Caldera - also known as the Baca Ranch.
A new range war erupts near Montana's Bozeman Pass, where new homeowners object to rancher Warren McMillan's cattle wandering the open range.
The Ute Indian Tribe wants tribal members charged with misdemeanors in Roosevelt, Utah, to be turned over to the tribe for prosecution.
Even as Washington state officials complain about the slow pace of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the Department of Energy wants to restart nuclear weapons production there.
As Tucson, Ariz., grows and sprawls, Pima County creates a long-range plan to protect the Sonoran Desert from being overrun.
A judge shoots down a water project that would have diverted water from the Gunnison River Basin on Colorado's Western Slope over to Denver's thirsty suburbs.
Artist Gregg Schlanger's temporary exhibit at Redfish Lake, Idaho - "Sockeye Waters, Sockeye Dreams" - draws attention to the plight of native salmon.
The Alberton Community Coalition for Environmental Health wants to educate people about the hazardous waste carried by railroads.
Earthlaw, a public interest law firm in Denver, works for the environment with a sense of humor and even writes literate press releases.
A 51-page report gives landowners ideas about protecting the natural value of their land; published by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Former top water warrior for the State of Colorado, Jim Lochhead, will talk to the Mesa County Water Association on the Colorado River.
The Wilderness Society has produced an updated report, "The Wilderness Act Handbook," on wilderness legislation.
"Voices from a Sacred Place: In Defense of Petroglyph National Monument," a book edited by Verne Huser, is reviewed, including excerpts.
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- Dean Nyffeler on New data released on violent threats to federal employees
- John Crosse on The Los Angeles wetland wars
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