August 31, 1998
Washington's Okanogan County is divided between those who support Battle Mountain Gold's planned Buckhorn Mtn. mine for its economic promise, and local and Native American activists fighting what they see as impending ecological disaster.
The University of Arizona, worried about its telescope complex on Mount Graham, riles local Indians by requiring a "prayer permit" for those who want to visit the mountain's summit.
Residents of a Steamboat Springs, Colo., neighborhood that is powered by solar and propane energy, are upset with CEO Jim Mann's plans to power the 21,000 sq.-ft. house he wants to build there with electricity from the grid.
In New Mexico, an energetic Green Party is siphoning votes from the Democratic Party and seeks to give the Republicans a run for their money.
USFS halts climbing-anchor ban; Idaho fights return of part of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe; publisher Gibbs Smith quits SUWA board; Yosemite Nat'l Park plans new bus system; golf course planned in Inyo Nat'l Forest (CA) faces lawsuit.
Boise Cascade Corp. sawmill workers blame environmentalists for sawmill closures in the Northwest that others say are the fault of the global economy.
There is a continuing controversy about who first climbed Wyoming's Grand Teton - Nathaniel Langford in 1872, or a group of climbers in 1898.
The U.S. Air Force plans to offer Idaho rancher Bert Brackett around $1 million to turn his grazing allotment into a bombing range.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has re-released "Sounds of North American Frogs: The Biological Significance of Voice in Frogs," a 1958 recording that showcases the amphibian, including many species that are in decline.
"From the Front Lines: Free Press Struggles in Native America," edited by Tom Arviso, chronicles Indians' struggles for a free press.
The Center of the American West will present a conference on justice, racial equality and environmental well-being, Sept. 11-12.
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education hosts the Colorado Environmental Education Conference & Expo, Sept. 26.
Case study workshops will be included in the "Peaks to Prairies: A Conference on Watershed Stewardship," on Sept. 27-30.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends its comment period on the petition to list the Westslope cutthroat trout as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Environmental activist and entrepreneur Michael "Buffalo" Mazzetti is marketing bottled water from Washington's Buckhorn Mtn. to prove that the mountain has economic value without being the site of a gold mine.
- Steve Snyder on The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
- Paul Lindholdt on The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
- Robert Eaton on The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
- Andy Grosland on Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
- Charles Fox on Ranch Diaries: Should we name the animals we raise to eat?