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High Country News September 05, 1994


Can planning rein in a stampede?

The uncontrolled growth of Western states makes planning essential.

A toolbox to shape the future

Planning tools used in the West vary greatly from community to community.

Boulder's ingenuity has a few drawbacks

Boulder's innovative land use and planning have spawned a few problems of their own.

Golf course splits ranch family

A Colorado family splits over the decision to sell off their ranch to a golf course developer.

When planning plays catch-up

A recent real estate boom tempers one Colorado town's enthusiasm for growth.

Some state governments try planning from top down

Oregon's 21-year-old land-use law survives challenges but Colorado fails to follow its lead.

Rural residents defy Washington law

Some wise-use landowners in Washington are so upset by planning that they're talking about secession.

'Wise use' plans abhor change

Wise-use groups resist any attempt to restrict land use.

How to get involved and push the process

A well-thought-out strategy will help planners succeed.

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Park concessions to be corralled

A bill to reform concessions in national parks seems likely to pass.

Liquid lures mountain goats

Mountain goats in Glacier National Park have developed a taste for antifreeze.

Danger on the fairway

Study shows high cancer rates in golf course workers.

Park Service trying to evict cave cafe

Controversy erupts over the possible removal of a subterranean cafeteria in Carlsbad Caverns.

Undoing a dam is expensive

Removal of two dams on the Elwha River may prove too expensive, government officials say.

Not another icon

Although found on Smokey Bear's birthday, another burned bear cub will not become a poster bear.

Does Utah need an eco-challenge?

Conservationists object to proposed gigantic "Eco-Challenge Adventure Race" planned for Utah.

Busted town pursues industrial recreation

Anaconda wants to boost its economy by building a golf course on top of its tailings piles.

Let's make a deal

Habitat Conservation Plan offers landowners new way to protect endangered species.

Flu-ing with the river

A mysterious flu-like disease appears among Colorado River rafters.


The real bind is too many people everywhere

Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm believes all growth problems in the West stem from overpopulation.

Towns angling for tourism should beware of the great white shark

The growth of tourism can destroy both communities and landscapes.

This boom will end like all the others - in a deep, deep bust

The history of small towns in the West has always been a cycle of booms and busts.

Related Stories

Resort towns battle monsters

Resort towns try to stop proliferation of "monster" homes.

A soft-paths approach to land conservation

One approach to land use is to create private, nonprofit land trusts.

Careful planning avoids takings

A cautious approach can help a community avoid "takings" lawsuits.

To learn more: a list of sources

Brief reviews of books and other references for planners.

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