High Country News August 17, 1998
One in six Westerners now lives in a trailer, but this traditionally affordable housing can become an expensive trap, as tougher zoning pushes trailers into crowded parks with ever-increasing rents and regulations.
Summer visitors; mountain climber Winifred "Freddy" Hubbard at Standford in the 1940s.
A conservation easement planned to preserve the Bob Sharp ranch in Arizona's San Rafael Valley from development falls through when the ranch family decides to put their land up for sale.
South Dakota tells Brohm Mining that the company cannot walk away from its gold mine in the Black Hills without cleaning up the mess it's made.
Gov. John Kitzhaber's "Oregon Plan" isn't enough to save the dwindling coho salmon, but some hope the spirit of the planned recovery effort will remain strong enough to keep the timber industry cooperative.
Navajo Nation Pres. Thomas Atcitty, who replaced Albert Hale, is dismissed after only five months in office, and his replacement, Speaker Kelsey Begaye, is replaced 24 hours later by Vice President Milton Bluehouse, as appointed by the tribal council.
Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Mgmt. Project may die in four months; Supreme Court overrules 13 cases decided by 9th Circuit Court; Summo USA drops mining claims in N.M.; Mont.'s McDonald gold mine is in paperwork limbo; Atlas uranium tailings remain.
In Montana, the Church Universal and Triumphant decides to sell 3,000 acres of the Paradise Valley.
Local business owners and prairie dog shooters object to the Forest Service's decision to close South Dakota's Buffalo Gap National Grasslands to prairie dog shooting.
A citizens' ballot initiative would crack down on pollution and other problems caused by industrial hog farms in Colorado.
The 1872 Mining Law may allow the Rainbow Talc Mine to resume operations, despite the mine's location in a wilderness area of California's Death Valley National Park.
A federal court rules that Idaho's Coeur d'Alene tribe owns the southern third of Lake Coeur d'Alene, as well as 20 miles of the St. Joe River.
Some object to the Forest Service's plan to build a new town for tourists right outside of Grand Canyon National Park.
The group Partners in Flight tries to stem the decline in the migrating bird populations of North and South America.
Recently retired Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., has written a memoir titled "24 Years of House Work... And the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics."
The Wilderness Society issues a report, "The New Challenge: People, Commerce and the Environment in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region."
"Beyond the National Parks," edited by Mary Tisdale and Bibi Booth, is a guide to BLM public lands in the West.
A conference, "Litigating Regulatory Takings Claims," will discuss the right of the government to regulate private property, among other topics.
Conservationists will meet at a wildlife refuge in Corvallis, Mont., for "Wild Rockies Rendezvous," Sept. 18-20.
The Tucson Chapter of the Arizona Hydrological Society is holding a symposium, "Water at the Confluence of Science, Law and Policy," Sept. 23-26.
Land conservationists will meet Sept. 24-26 in Palisade, Colo., for the "Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts."
The Predator Project wants comments on a proposed listing of the lynx as "endangered."
Opponents of the proposed Battle Mountain Gold Mine in Okanogan Highlands in Washington state plan to send Congress a message in a bottle.
When 39 families are evicted from their Edwards, Colo., trailer park to make way for a luxury condo development, it's a sign that property is more important than community.
A rock climber argues that the Forest Service's recent ban on "permanent, fixed anchors" in wilderness areas is unreasonable, unnecessary and unsafe.
Hikers who bring their cell phones into the wilderness, either for ease of rescue or instant access to the rest of the world, are missing the point of wilderness.
Heard Around the West
Ruth Thomas bicycles across U.S.; dead doe delivers living fawn; toddler lost overnight on Mt. Graham; combines vandalized in Lind, Wash.; indecent exposure in Moscow, Idaho; woman invades men's room; mountain lions stalk kids; Yellowstone grizzly fever.
A timeline tracks the evolution of the not-always-mobile mobile home.
The cost of a lot in Aspen, Colo., especially with a trophy home sitting on it, has become astronomical in a resort rated the richest city in the country.