Magazine
A patchwork peace unravels

November 23, 1998

The uncertain truce set up by Pres. Clinton's 1993 Northwest Forest Plan is threatened by dissatisfaction as environmentalists, loggers and scientists still fight over remaining old growth and cannot agree how best to manage the forests.

Feature

A patchwork peace unravels
The uncertain truce set up by Pres. Clinton's 1993 Northwest Forest Plan is threatened by dissatisfaction as environmentalists, loggers and scientists still fight over remaining old growth and cannot agree how best to manage the forests.

Essays

It's a good day to be indigenous
Speculations that 9,300-year-old human remains found near Kennewick, Wash., have "European features" lead to tongue-in-cheek ruminations over writer's new status as descendant of "indigenous" people.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
First snow; Michael Berman's photo exhibition; fall visitors; HCN honored by Wirth Chair in Denver; Marlene Zanetell and "junkyard dogs."

News

Bounty on wolf killers
Environmental groups and the U.S. government offer a $25,000 reward for the arrest of whoever has been killing the Mexican wolves recently reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico.
Wildlife crossings cut down on roadkill
Biologists in the Western United States and Canada are working on ways to redesign highways - adding overpasses and underpasses to reduce the number of animals killed while crossing roads.
The Wayward West
Forest Service finds bomb in Driggs, Idaho; Vail ski resort denies arson will harm skiing; BuRec tightens security at Western dams; Elko County, Nev., crews bulldoze a USFS road along the Jarbidge River.
Mining takes another hit
In Montana, Initiative 137 banning new cyanide heap-leach gold mines wins despite a last-minute campaign blitz by the mining industry.
Courting the green vote
In Arizona, an open space-saving scheme called "Growing Smarter" wins despite environmental opposition.
Voters thread through the ballot
In Colorado, ballot initiatives regulating hog farms won, and water developer Gary Boyce's San Luis Valley initiatives lost.
Keep on cutting
In Oregon, voters defeated a ban on clear-cutting forests, but agreed to allow the state to spend some lottery funds on parks and habitat protection.
Split on trapping
California voters banned leghold traps, while Utah voted to prohibit citizens' initiatives that would restrict hunting or trapping unless they get a two-thirds vote of approval.
Election day highlights from around the region
WY: Republicans win; MT: Developers pay; NV: Sen. Reid, D, re-elected; WA moves to left; ID: Republicans rule; NM: Heather Wilson wins; CO: Mark Udall only Democrat to win; OR: Gov. Kitzhaber re-elected; AZ: Republicans win; UT: Gay Democrat wins.
Amateur essayists walk a changing forest
Although their winning essays showed they value forests for vastly different reasons, the eight winners of Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor Jim Furnish's contest on "Why I Value the Siuslaw" enjoyed their three-day tour of the area.
Lake trout linger in Yellowstone
Exotic lake trout are ravaging the threatened native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park.
Amax's return delayed
Cyprus-Amax's plan to open a controversial molybdenum mine near Crested Butte, Colo., has been stalled by a water court judge's postponement of a trial over whether the mining company can build a reservoir.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Two-headed deer in Montana; Jimsonweed trouble in Utah; Ursus Mark VII bear-proof suit; porcupine poetic justice; radioactive insects at Hanford; dinosaurs at Grand Staircase.

Letters

Perspective

The West of the '90s is the South of the '60s
The Republican Revolution may be stalled in the rest of the country, but the Rocky Mountain West remains a stronghold for GOP hard-liners.

Sidebar

Ecosystem management hits 'Ice Bump' in the road
The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project is more ambitious than the Northwest Forest Plan and seems to be facing even more problems.