High Country News March 27, 2000
The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the West, but Montana's rapid growth is affecting it, as property owners afraid of floods lay huge amounts of riprap along its banks.
Over 50 years after the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos National Laboratory were built on land owned by Hispanic farmers, descendents of those farmers have sued the Dept. of Energy, saying they were illegally evicted.
Judge upholds drilling ban on Rocky Mtn. Front; Rep. Tom Udall is for breaching Snake River dams; GAO says Baca Ranch, N.M., is overpriced; Louisiana-Pacific fined for toxic dumping; Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca supports Mexican wolves in Gila Wilderness.
The Park Service says that snowmobiles will likely be banned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks by 2002-2003.
Tension is high in the Forest Service over Chief Mike Dombeck's plan to decommission unnecessary and unauthorized roads in the national forests.
The Park Service has ended consensus efforts among private boaters, environmentalists and commercial rafting companies over access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, saying the talks had become polarized and contentious.
Colorado Wild, an environmental group, is appealing the Forest Service's decision to let Arapahoe Basin Ski Area divert water from the North Fork of the Snake River for use in snowmaking.
The BLM is told it can turn down mines that harm environmental or cultural resources after critics say Glamis Imperial Corp.'s planned open-pit gold mine in southeastern California will hurt Quechan Indian sacred sites and the threatened desert tortoise.
Sen. Larry Craig's proposed Outfitters Policy Act would standardize outfitter operations on the public lands, but private users and other critics say the law would tie up the resource for commercial benefit.
Whirling disease has been found among trout in three state fish hatcheries in New Mexico.
In the early 1970s, Tom Bell's "High Country News" tackled the killing of eagles by Wyoming sheep ranchers, and when the paper's environmental stand caused subscriptions to drop, loyal readers sent in money to keep it going.
In an early "High Country News" editorial, reprinted here, Tom Bell took on then-Governor of Wyoming Stanley K. Hathaway.
A new documentary, "Subdivide and Conquer: The New West," takes a sobering look at the rapid development and sprawling subdivisions in the West.
The Equality State Policy Center, a nonprofit public-policy group, says taxes are an overlooked source of revenue and offers suggestions in its report, "Putting Together the Pieces... Wyoming's Budget Crisis."
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
The Department of Agriculture has released its new, proposed national organic standards for food in the U.S.
A national conference will discuss off-road vehicle use and its threat to public lands, April 7-11, in Washington, D.C.
Unplanned growth and its consequences for North American biodiversity are the focus of the American Museum of Natural History in New York's April 13-14 symposium.
Colorado's office of the Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for positions on its Resource Advisory Councils.
A free Western Small Acreage Expo is offered to farmers, livestock owners and fruit growers, April 29, in Grand Junction, Colo.
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A 104-page report discusses history, policy and laws surrounding land exchanges.
A conference on Missouri River Natural Resources is set for May 21-24 in Bismarck, N.D.
Heard Around the West
Old West shoot-out in Las Vegas; saying howdy with a staplegun; killed wolf becomes Idaho high school mascot; Franken-fish in New Zealand; ideas on refrigerators and houses made from airplanes; Las Vegas plans its own Grand Canyon; Telluride dog trouble.
Andrew Dana, who went to the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to stabilize the Yellowstone River's banks on his land, describes the permitting process as "a bad dream."
The unregulated development of private property along the banks of the Yellowstone River is the greatest threat to the river.
Landowner opposition helped shoot down President Clinton's Heritage Rivers Initiative, which Yellowstone River activists believe could have helped the river greatly.
The 670 miles of the Yellowstone River cross a varied landscape and face an equal variety of problems along the way.