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.
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.
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.
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.
A congress to discuss the future of recreation on public lands will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Aspen, Colo.
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.
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