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High Country News August 02, 1999


Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man

Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Radio HCN; summer visitors; Professor Don Sullivan explains the geography of the Grand Mesa; correction on Tom Chapman story.


Politicians talk tough

Colorado's congressional delegation calls for a get-tough policy toward real estate developer Tom Chapman after a billboard advertising lots for sale appears on the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.

Gambling with the future?

Some members of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico fear that plans to add a resort hotel and casino will bankrupt the tribe, especially since the tribe's existing casino is already in financial trouble.

Poisoning a stream back to life

A plan to avoid listing the westslope cutthroat trout as an endangered species would poison a stream to kill all its non-native fish; Cherry Creek runs across Ted Turner's Montana ranch, but opposition to it and Turner, who favors the plan, has arisen.

Old growth by the numbers

Idaho environmentalists dispute the Clearwater National Forest's claim to have fulfilled a pledge to set aside 10 percent of the forest in old-growth reserves.

The Wayward West

Anonymous donor saves Loomis State Forest, Wash.; no sponsors in Congress for proposed Sonoran national park; John Leshy optimistic over 1872 Mining Law reform; Sen. Ben Campbell doubles timber sales in Colo.; Yellowstone dumps sewage in park meadow.

Tribes find a future in the past

The Northern Plains Bison Education Network works to teach bison management to Native Americans at tribal colleges, in an attempt to pair economic development with traditional beliefs.

DDT doesn't just fade away

Almost 50 years after biologists dumped DDT on Yellowstone Park to kill the spruce budworm moth, traces of the pesticide remain in the ecosystem.

A disaster puts spotlight on pipeline safety

The explosion of a gasoline pipeline in Bellingham, Wash., which killed three people, leads the Olympic Pipe Line Co. to withdraw its plan to build the Cross Cascade Pipeline.

No luck for this lynx

A reintroduced lynx dies on Vail Pass, and some say the fact that the animal traveled 200 miles to get there proves that the Vail area is prime lynx habitat.

Protests proceed at Vail

Nine protesters are arrested for trying to block an access road in the White River National Forest in an attempt to halt the controversial expansion of the Vail Ski Area.

The quiet Takings Project is trespassing on democracy

The Takings Project and its mastermind, law professor Richard Epstein, are trying to put a stop to any federal or state regulation of business and property, and despite their flawed reasoning, many conservative judges are under their influence.

Weighing artifacts against gold

The BLM orders a two-year moratorium on a cyanide heap-leach gold mine planned by Glamis Imperial Corp. for land in California near Yuma, Ariz., that the Quechan Indians say is sacred.

Life in the dead zone

Scientists are studying the microbes found in the Berkeley Pit at Butte, Mont., to see if their survival in water that is like battery acid can lead to a way to clean up the pit.

Book Reviews

Wild Rockies Rendezvous

14th Wild Rockies Rendezvous is to be held Sept. 17-19 near Missoula, Mont.

Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century

"Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century" is again available on CD-ROM.

Montana Governor's Range Tour

Six ranches around Jordan, Mont., comprise the Montana Governor's Range Tour Sept. 8-9, highlighting successful ranch management techniques.

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

Field trips are being organized by Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

From Como Bluff to Cultural Icon: Our Enduring Fascination with Dinosaurs

An exhibit on dinosaurs is being held through Nov. 14 at the University of Wyoming's Art Museum in Laramie.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Gay rodeo in Aurora, Colo.; "Sports Afield" goes yuppie; "Twisty Cats"; no joking in Vail; "artificial wilderness experience"; advice in "Earth First!" from "Uncle Ramon"; threatening cowboy poetry at the Utah capitol.


The river comes last

The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.

Tom Chapman: A small-town boy who made good

Modern-day "robber barons" such as Tom Chapman will continue to blackmail taxpayers by threatening to develop wilderness and park inholdings - unless land-management agencies summon the will to fight back.

Related Stories

'My response is reasonable'

In his own words, Jon Marvel explains why he thinks his response to public-lands ranching is reasonable.

'Jon Marvel is the wing nut'

Emmett, Idaho, rancher Brad Little says that environmental activist Jon Marvel is abusing the system in his attempt to end all ranching, not just public-lands ranching.

'We're trying to turn up the heat'

Land and Water Fund lawyer Laird Lucas defends Jon Marvel's work against public-lands ranching.

'I think we can work with ranchers'

In his own words, retired Air Force pilot and environmentalist Herb Meyr discusses working with ranchers one-to-one vs. Jon Marvel's combative tactics.

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