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High Country News June 13, 1994

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A doomed species? Spotted owl may be losing its long fight for survival

While experts disagree and timber industry pooh-poohs, spotted owl may lose its long fight for survival.

The Chapman saga continues

U.S. Forest Service's land trade with developer Tom Chapman signed, but Telluride neighbors ask injunction to prevent development.

Same old DOE?

GAO reports say DOE has yet to investigate corrupt practices.

Grazing combatants vow to keep feuding

Babbitt's grazing hearing in Albuquerque runs into barbed wire; he urges cooperation as ranchers and environmentalists dispute.

Group vows to head off the "New West'

People for the West, Colorado group, gather support from Western governors and others at conference urging resistance to "environmental storm troopers."

Five star visitor complex

Bureau of Reclamation builds a "Disneyland" Hoover Dam visitor center; cost will up power prices for area customers.

Grazing allotment in hot water

Oregon environmental groups sue Malheur National Forest for violating Clean Water Act by allowing grazing to raise water temperatures in the Alan Day River, fatal to fish.

Not for the birds

Male grizzly bear trapped and moved after eating bird seed.

Wyoming dam gets go-ahead

Construction of Sandstone Dam is approved despite doubts about the geologic suitability of the site.

Oil, feathers and EPA

Oil pits kill thousands of migrating birds.

The Great River becomes a great sewer

The bi-national program Project del Rio monitors the increasing pollution of the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agency takes out a cabin

Agency destroys mining cabin used for recreation on Manti-Lasal National Forest.

Low-tech ants give a high-tech Idaho lab fits

Harvester ants are stymieing nuclear waste disposal at INEL by digging tunnels and moving radioactive dirt.

Who will lead the Navajo Nation?

Six candidates for Navajo Nation presidency are running for the August primary.

Grand traffic problems

Increased tourism means no parking spaces at Grand Canyon.

Roads are the enemies

Babbitt plans to halt building of new roads, hotels and entertainment facilities in national parks.

Gold mines are sucking aquifers dry

Gold mines are dewatering aquifers along Nevada's Humboldt River.

Wolves in the schools

Fremont County schools cancel wolf presentations at elementary schools in Lander, Wyoming.

Drought for the Northwest

Drought ahead for the Northwest in summer.

Could a treaty block a mine?

Yellowstone's status as a "world heritage site" could affect mining near the park.

Tribe courts nuclear utilities

Mescalero Apache tribe going ahead with controversial plan to store nuclear waste.

Old guard may beat new chief

Retired U.S. forest Service Supervisor Tom Kovalicky gives speech warning of agency backlash and resistance to change.

Yellowstone gets new superintendent

Yellowstone Superintendent Bob Barbee to be replaced by Michael Finley from Yosemite.

Vandals destroy desert tortoise dens

Four dens of the endangered Mojave Desert tortoise have been deliberately destroyed.

Book Reviews

A new Navajo newspaper

New monthly newspaper Dineh Tribune becomes fourth major paper for Navajo Nation.

Renewable energy festival

First annual Freedom Festival will celebrate energy independence.

Millions for furniture

Federal audit shows $5.4 million intended for reforestation to have been misspent.

Reading the West

Two-week course will explore Western issues.

Summer camp for grown-ups

Teton Science School offers natural history courses.

Earth voices

Voices of the Earth Conference set.

The restless West

Summer Fishtrap Gathering planned for Oregon.

Trail volunteers rewarded

Adopt-a-Trail program thrives in Idaho's Targhee National Forest.

Self-reliant homes

Review of The Independent Home: Living Well with Power from the Sun, Wind and Water by Michael Potts.

Guide for green loggers

Forest Trust publishes guide for environmentally aware logging and forest use.


Of buffalo thoughts and amethysts

Childhood in Wyoming was full of hidden riches.


Editorial was biased

Rocky Mountain regional forester defends West Elks land swap.

An admirer of "Ms. Schock's Grit'

Writer applauds Susan Schock for fighting grazing in New Mexico.

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Northwest forests hit by new lawsuits

Numerous lawsuits attempt to halt logging of old-growth forests.

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