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High Country News October 12, 1998


A river becomes a raw nerve

The grassroots environmental group Amigos Bravos seeks consensus in the mostly Hispanic communities along the Rio Costilla in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where there is never enough water to go around.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Research fund; sweeps month for print media; the Pueblo potluck and board meeting; new intern Gabriel Ross; fall visitors.


When government gets in growth's way

Idaho environmentalist Gary Richardson fights a difficult battle from his seat on the county highway board, where he seeks to contain Boise's growth and work for alternative transportation.

The Wayward West

Gary Snyder's talk to OSU's Forestry School cancelled; Friends of Savage Rapids Dam say they can save salmon without destroying dam; in N.M. the BLM pulls cows from 40 miles of streambanks; Crested Butte, Colo.'s land-trade dispute; more Calif. condors.

An activist dies in the forest

Pacific Lumber and Earth First! argue over who is responsible for the death of activist David Chain, killed by a falling tree in a protest on California's Headwaters Forest.

The Rocky Mountain Front faces new oil-and-gas threat

Blackfeet Indians argue over the planned oil and gas exploration on Chief Mountain, on the border between the reservation and Glacier National Park.

A familiar name returns to Western politics

The Udall family still lives in politics, as Morris Udall's son, Mark, runs for Congress in Colorado and Stewart's son, Tom, runs for the House of Representatives in New Mexico.

Listening for wolf howls

Wolf activist Suzanne Laverty teams with outfitter Travis Bullock to lead tourists on trips in Idaho's wolf country.

Wolves develop an appetite for beef

In Montana, the pack of reintroduced wolves known as the Ninemile wolves, has developed a mysteriously destructive appetite for cattle, and neither ranchers nor wolf biologists are sure of what to do about it.

A county writes strict logging rules

Rio Arriba County, N.M., a pro-logging area, passes a far-reaching law to mandate environmentally responsible logging.

A bridge to disaster?

Environmentalists object to a Forest Service plan to build a new snowmobile bridge across Cougar Creek near the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

Proposed mine threatens ecosystem

Activists fear a proposed nickel mine on Rough and Ready Creek in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest could harm a unique ecosystem.

Book Reviews

They left only footprints

In Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, a flood reveals more than 2,000 dinosaur tracks in a gully.

Broadway, mountain-style

An unusual theater group, Human Nature, tries to ease things between environmentalists and loggers with musical comedy and satire.

Seeing parks with 20/20 vision

Some say the "Vision 20/20 National Parks Restoration Act" would only continue the "sweetheart contracting practices" that allow concessionaires to profit without returning much money to the parks.

Holding the line

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center tracks environmental problems with its quarterly newsletter, "The Northern Line."

Avoiding the shaft

In "Avoiding the Shaft: The New Mexico Citizen's Mining Manual," Sue McIntosh aims to help New Mexico activists battle hardrock mining.

World Oil Forum

A conference held in Denver, Colo., Oct. 30 will consider the future of the world's supply of petroleum.

Trails and the American Spirit

This year's National Trails Symposium, "Trails and the American Spirit," will be held Nov. 13-17 in Tucson, Ariz.

Solar power is booming

The Worldwatch Institute's report shows that solar power's growth rate is up.


A lifetime of service on the North Dakota plains

A slideshow on Joe Sorkness's 97th birthday recalls his hard and dedicated life as a country doctor in North Dakota.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Elvis the pig; bears eating out in Aspen, Colo., and Whitefish, Mont.; grizzly victim not mad; Chocolate the Glacier Grizzly, a children's book heroine, kills a man; bear vs. hunter over elk meat; dog lovers protest dog rules; dogs are lousy drivers.

Related Stories

No consensus on consensus

HCN begins a series on the successes and failures of collaborative conservation efforts in the West.

I am mayordomo

Stanley Crawford's book "Mayordomo" chronicles his experience as mayordomo of the Acequia de la Jara in his rural New Mexico community.

Next to blood relationships

An excerpt from Stanley Crawford's book "Mayordomo" traces the connections of blood relationships and water relationships in his New Mexico community.

As mayordomo

Stanley Crawford says that being mayordomo is like being the heart, pumping out precious fluid.

A tangled web of watersheds

The upper Rio Grande's 15 major tributaries all face distinct problems with a complex history behind them.

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