High Country News May 10, 1999
From his own little ranchette in the beleaguered but beautiful Bitterroot Valley, a Western historian considers Montana's long history of being panicked about growth.
A ranchette owner defends her home and lifestyle in a subdivision near Bozeman, Montana.
New HCN Web site designer Chris Wehner; Ed Quillen: "I want my Columbine back"; potluck coming in Helena, Mont.
In California, the Sierra Club wants to remove a dam and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley, once part of Yosemite National Park and now flooded by a reservoir that provides water to San Francisco.
Explosions set off in the course of coal mining in Wyoming's Powder River Basin create poisonous clouds of nitrogen oxide gases, which sometimes linger over the homes and schools of area residents.
Montana wildlife photographer Chuck Bartlebaugh teaches people how to "safely and responsibly enjoy wildlife" - something he believes some irresponsible photographers work against, by taking photos of people dangerously close to wild animals.
Rep. Jim Hansen of Utah snatches bill HR 1500 from Utah Wilderness Coalition for his own bill; Wyo. Sen. Craig Thomas wants to stop gov't from getting more land; first radioactive waste goes to WIPP; Colo. House committee kills corporate hog-farming bill
Dubois, Wyo., environmentalists are frustrated by the lack of local interest in and opposition to the Forest Service's plans to open almost 1 million acres of the Shoshone National Forest to oil and gas exploration.
Some conservationists say that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposals for beefing up its Habitat Conservation Plans still do not go far enough to effectively protect endangered species on private lands.
In Colorado, reintroduction of Canada lynx and the starvation of some of the animals has some conservationists agreeing with the livestock lobby's arguments that federal biologists rushed to bring in the lynx without due consideration.
The Colorado State Legislature passes a law requiring its consent before federal or state agencies can restore threatened and endangered species to Colorado.
The BLM has published a brochure about the threatened desert tortoise to educate the public about the animal and how it should be treated if encountered.
"Crown of the Canyons," an atlas compiled by the Wilderness Society, says the monument is part of a larger ecosystem that includes rural communities as well as other public lands.
Some Oregon hikers are opposed to Mount Hood National Forest officials' proposal to drastically reduce the number of people allowed on 20 of the forest's most popular trails.
Activist Elizabeth Tenney has founded a free electronic service, the Eastern Sierra Agenda Network, to help keep locals informed about area environmental issues.
An exhibit, "Photography and the Old West," composed of 80 photographs from the second half of the 19th century, is showing through May 31 at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colo.
Weavers and shepherds convene for workshops and exhibits on June 24-26 at the Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz.
Writers gather for an annual conference June 27-July 2 or July 2-4 in Enterprise, Ore.
Sponsored by Colorado State University, a field tour takes place July 29-30 in northern New Mexico.
A free Web site links readers directly to Web sites of original news sources.
The Ford Foundation/Udall Center offers a paid opportunity for research, teaching and writing on environmental conflict resolution.
The Soil and Water Conservation's bi-monthly magazine has a new look.
The Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation unites Christians and Jews in the struggle to save old-growth forests and end commercial logging on all public lands.
A former nature writer says that there needs to be moratorium on all new "nature writers'" books.
A freelance writer laments his poverty and the lack of respect Western writers get in those New York magazines.
Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his parents, the writer sees magic work on his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
A writer remembers long drives on Wyoming highways and laments the fact that fire destroyed the cafe at Mule Creek Junction, which often served as an oasis, especially in a winter blizzard.
The writer and his wife mourn the death of an old, giant saguaro cactus.
The writer spins shed bison wool from a bison ranch into rich and beautiful yarn, and muses about the wild bison that once roamed her part of the West.
Heard Around the West
Ed Abbey's "enemies"; moose-poop paper; potatoes become upscale vodka in Idaho; sage grouse in love dislike voyeurs; garbage picked up near Lake Mead; Las Vegas' expensive palm trees; proposed new state mottos; gun debate cancelled by Colo. Legislature.