June 7, 1999
The history of the copper-mining town of Butte, Mont., sparks a searching meditation on the meaning and value of work and the place it holds now, as the Old West becomes the New West.
The California Dept. of Fish and Game plans to restore the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep by moving animals to the haven of Paoha Island in Mono Lake, where they will be safe from mountain lions.
Environmentalists have so far failed to get an emergency endangered listing for the Washington ground squirrel as the animal's remaining habitat on the Columbia Plateau in Oregon is rapidly developed by an agricultural corporation.
This spring 50 wolf cubs born at Yellowstone; In Nev., a bill would allow manufactured homes into exclusive neighborhoods; Gray Ranch, N.M., wants prairie dogs from Mexico; nuclear industry seeks support for Yucca Mtn.; no alcohol in Fort Peck Res., MT.
A ranch near Florence, Mont., is experimenting with a new high-tech alarm system designed to scare wolves away from livestock.
Wyoming Sawmills is suing the Bighorn National Forest over its Historic Preservation Plan, which aims to preserve a Medicine Wheel that is sacred to Native Americans.
At St. Gertrude's Monastery near Cottonwood, Idaho, Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth oversees environmentally sensitive logging.
In Arizona, two businessmen plan to turn the former Paulsell Ranch, an archaeologically rich site bordering Petrified Forest National Park, into a privately owned park they are calling the International Petrified Forest.
In Southern California, recreation user-fee opponents are fighting the Forest Service's new "Adventure Pass."
Many environmentalists oppose Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell's bill to turn Colorado's Black Canyon National Monument into a national park, because the bill would allow continued hunting, grazing and motorized recreation in some areas.
Pilots object to a proposed wilderness management plan that would require user fees and permits on flights to airstrips in Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
Pressured by a Sierra Club lawsuit, the city of Colorado Springs has agreed to clean up streams and wetlands degraded by the city-operated toll road up Pikes Peak.
In Washington, a federal appeals court has ruled that the controversial Huckleberry Mountain land exchange needs more study.
The Interior Dept.'s use of a close reading of the 1872 Mining Law to stop the Crown Jewel mine in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington is overturned by a rider tacked on to an appropriations bill in Washington, D.C.
A GAO report is critical of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' new Trust Asset Accounting Management System, which is intended to reimburse Native Americans for 112 years of sloppy BIA accounting.
At least 200 young women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez while on their way home from low-paying jobs at U.S.-owned factories on the Mexican side of the border.
The "Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas" and a set of CD-Roms called "Better Birdwatching in Colorado" are excellent resources for Colorado birdwatchers.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that mountain plover populations have dropped and proposes listing them as threatened.
The Helena National Forest will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mann Gulch Fire in which 13 firefighters died; Aug. 4-5.
The Montana Wilderness Association offers its 37th annual wilderness walks this summer in different areas.