High Country News September 13, 1999
In Nevada, Walker Lake is slowly disappearing, as local farmers, an Indian tribe and conservationists battle over the rights to the water that once filled the lake.
HCN rendezvous; exceptional subscribers and visitors; apologies and excuses.
Bison biologist Mary Meagher joins conservationists, area business people and snowmobilers in denouncing Yellowstone National Park's new winter use plan.
Salmon vs. traffic light in Puyallup, Wash.; two male sockeye journey up Salmon River; Church Universal & Triumphant gives USFS winter bison range; BLM told to be quicker getting cows off damaged land; Utah's Capitol Reef N.P. buys grazing allotment.
Seven reintroduced Mexican wolves from the Pipestem Pack are recaptured after they attacked cattle near Clifton, Ariz.
The Quincy Library Group sees its controversial forest plan put into action when the Forest Service doubles logging on California's Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe national forests while protecting habitat for the northern spotted owl.
The very rare Idaho ground squirrel - which is thriving on Frank Anderson's OX Ranch - is in danger elsewhere because of the scarcity of its food supply, and biologists say using fire to restore meadows may help the animal recover.
Recent studies are casting doubts on whether pepper spray is as effective as once thought in protecting hikers and hunters from attacks by bears.
Bear specialist Gary Moses says that backcountry users carrying pepper spray should never let down their guard in bear country.
In "Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?" author Sandra Postel brings a clear, thoughtful approach to the intertwined questions of food production and population growth.
In his new collection, "Fur and Loafing in Yosemite," cartoonist Phil Frank hilariously follows the adventures of dysfunctional rangers, tourists and bears in Yosemite National Park.
Friends of the Bow, Biodiversity Associates and Snowy Range Group Sierra Club are leading a hike to unprotected wilderness in Medicine Bow National Forest Sept. 18.
The Indian Land Working Group is holding a symposium on "Taking a Stand in Indian Land," Sept. 20-23.
Northwest Environmental Defense Center will holds its annual retreat on the Oregon coast Sept. 24-26.
The largest mining exposition in the Western Hemisphere will be held Oct. 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.
A handbook to explain the 1964 Wilderness Act has been published by The Wilderness Society.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the Continental Divide Trail from Montana to New Mexico.
Native American nation-building is the topic of a Nov. 11-13 conference in Tucson, Ariz.
A congress to discuss the future of recreation on public lands will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Aspen, Colo.
More than 100 tribal nations will be present to help bring in the year 2000 in Tucson, Ariz.
A report from the Trust for Public Land is offered free.
With tongue firmly in cheek, the writer argues that small Western towns need to give up their traditional summer festivals celebrating the Old West, and replace them with events honoring the New West in all its strangeness.
The writer argues playfully that the only way to get out of the environmental mess we've created is to join his campaign and "Die for Your Planet."
Heard Around the West
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has fun at Yellowstone while Bruce Babbitt is grumpy in Maine; Jesse Hendrix feeding hummingbirds; removing killer bees in Tucson; Yodaville, Ariz., vs. the military; Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park turns 100; lightning kills bear in Ore.
In his own words, Mono Lake Committee staffer Gary Nelson compares the problems his group has successfully dealt with to the challenges facing the Walker Lake Working Group.
In his own words, BLM Manager John Singlaub talks about how to save Walker Lake by building partnerships with grassroots organizations like the Walker Lake Working Group.