High Country News August 30, 1999
An introduction to this special issue points out that city-dwellers' usual support for the Endangered Species Act can be severely tested when an endangered species is found in or near their own backyards.
Dove Mountain, a planned mega development near rapidly growing Marana, Ariz., is put on hold when a pair of endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls are sighted, and environmentalists, developers and officials are wrangling about what should happen next.
The recent listing of the Puget Sound chinook salmon as endangered puts the spotlight on "clean, green Seattle," which gets its water from the Cedar River, an important chinook habitat.
The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, near rapidly growing St. George, Utah, was created to protect the endangered desert tortoise, but it is still not clear how the reserve will be managed, or even if it is really protecting the tortoise.
The tiny Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which was recently listed as threatened, prefers the same habitat as developers do, along Colorado's rapidly urbanizing Front Range.
Sherman Alexie and others at the Unity Conference in Seattle; Emily Swanson and Maria Forster try to reorganize HCN; lots of letters; condolences on death of John Reubens.
Michael T. "Mickey" Pablo, the recently deceased leader of Montana's seven Indian nations, is remembered as a fearless warrior in defense of his people, their land and treaty rights.
Some Moab, Utah, residents are up in arms about a developer's plans for a new tourist tram with a visitor center, store, restaurant and huge viewing deck at the top of the ride.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks approves new trapping regulations that critics say offer no real changes and continue to favor trappers.
Horses and riders are being crowded off Western trails by mountain bikers and ORVers, and some have formed the Back Country Horsemen group to fight back.
Canyon Forest Village, a development near the south entrance of the Grand Canyon, has been approved, but some environmentalists plan to appeal the project.
USFS nixes Snowcreek golf course expansion in Ariz.; fish kill shows Salton Sea in Calif. dying; "Fee Demo Day of Protest" around West; poisoning didn't kill all Lake Davis pike; Walt Freeman must prove his mine in Siskiyou Nat'l Forest would make money.
In his new book, "Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West," author Hal K. Rothman paints a grim picture of the social damage wrought by today's industrial tourism industry.
Heard Around the West
Impotence from meat? Single wolf mom has five cubs; American vs. Tanzanian park mgmt.; Salt Lake mayoral candidate Jim Bradley is blunt; don't kiss rattlesnakes; grizzly attacks cubs in Alaska; Grand Teton's first climbers; phony Calif. loggers.
Interesting facts about the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl are listed.
A glossary explains words and phrases associated with the Endangered Species Act.
Facts about the chinook or king salmon are listed.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt explains why habitat conservation plans are a great tool for making the Endangered Species Act work.
Some facts about the endangered desert tortoise are listed.
Some facts about the threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse are listed.