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High Country News February 01, 1999

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Saving the Platte

Environmentalists, farmers and state and federal agencies try to find some kind of consensus even as each reaches for a share of the overused Platte River as it flows from Colorado, through Wyoming and across Nebraska.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

"Colorado Central" magazine's fifth birthday; Denzel Ferguson died; Y2K in Paonia, Colo.; how to combat junk mail.

News

Ranchers don't want refugee prairie dogs

Southern Plains Land Trust activist Susan Miller raises the ire of local ranchers over a plan to create a refuge in rural Baca County, Colo., for prairie dogs displaced by the state's suburban sprawl.

ELF strikes again

The elusive radical Earth Liberation Front, which claimed responsibility for October's arson in Vail, Colo., says it is also behind the December fire that destroyed U.S. Forest Industries' corporate headquarters in Medford, Ore.

The Wayward West

Three men arrested for killing wild horses in Nevada; Utah's planned Legacy Parkway butts heads with the EPA; Colorado's Catamount ski area resort is dead at last.

South Dakota tells a mine to stay put

Environmentalists oppose South Dakota Gov. William Janklow's plan to let the Gilt Edge mine expand its open pit in order to make enough money to pay for much-needed reclamation elsewhere on the gold mine.

Fun-hogs to replace cows in a Utah monument

On Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a conservation deal will move cattle out of the canyons most popular with hikers and boats, especially along the Escalante River.

Plant pays hefty fine for polluting the air

FMC Corp.'s phosphorous plant near Pocatello, Idaho, is fined $11.8 million for environmental violations that include a fire that sent poisonous gas wafting onto Shoshone-Bannock tribal land.

Wolves worry outfitters

Idaho hunting guides worry that reintroduced wolves will kill too many elk and put outfitters like themselves out of business.

To trap or not?

Animal-rights activists in California clash with wildlife managers, who fear that unless a law banning leghold traps is overturned, growing numbers of red fox will wipe out entire populations of ground-nesting birds.

Book Reviews

Oregon Caves park to grow

A new management plan would increase the size of Oregon Caves National Monument by seven times, from 480 acres to 3,400 acres.

Where will the waste wind up?

Project opponents, including the state of Nevada, object to the Department of Energy's assessment that high-level nuclear waste can soon be stored at Yucca Mountain.

Conservation can pay

The "Wildlife Manager's Field Guide to the Farm Bill" is designed to help subsidize farmers and ranchers in conservation projects.

Ski the Butte?

A Klamath Falls company wants to build a ski resort on Pelican Butte in Oregon's Winema National Forest.

Damning report on dams

A panel of scientists says that threatened chinook salmon would be better off if they didn't have to be barged around four Snake River dams on their way upriver to spawn.

Fees feed volunteers

Beleaguered by budget cuts, the Park Service is trying to use increased user fees to create volunteer programs like the Public Lands Corps, to help with trail building and other maintenance projects.

National Land Trust Census

A census conducted by the National Land Trust Alliance tells the number of land trusts that serve the Rocky Mountain states. A 1998 copy is available from its Washington, D.C., office.

Connecting Ecosystems - Connecting Peoples

The annual conference of the Environmental and Outdoor Education Council of Alberta, Canada, will be held April 22-24 at Waterton Lakes National Park just north of Montana's Glacier National Park.

College scholarships

The Sierra Club will award four-year college scholarships to 10 students in the Sierra Nevada region.

San Juan National Forest Artist in Residence

An opportunity for artists to stay at the historic Aspen Guard Station in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado is offered in exchange for producing art.

Stegner Center Symposium

"Where the Rivers Flow: Sharing Watersheds and Boundaries" is the theme of the Stegner Center Symposium April 16-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Society for Ecology Restoration

The Society for Ecological Restoration will meet next September in San Francisco to talk about moving stewardship of the land back to the community.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Small towns; body piercing in Jackson, Wyo.; Y2K vs. KY jelly; Internet letter grants vacation; "bank error" leads to jail; hunters arrested for bear slaughter; good news in Olympic scandal; Las Vegas cop in strip joints; gambling treadmills; skunk odor.

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From river to river

Despite the Endangered Species Act, the uses of water continue to drain life from native fish; on the Platte River, a new era brings many users to the table to negotiate and compromise.

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