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High Country News June 19, 2000


Accidental refuge: Should we save the Salton Sea?

The Salton Sea became the Salton Sea in 1905, when human accident flooded the desert; now its survival is uncertain, as demand for scarce water continues to grow in Southern California.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Summer intern Beth Wohlberg; HCN's Albuquerque board meeting; meeting with readers; new edition of "Water in the West."


Crawdads colonize the West's waterways

Exotic crayfish are invading streams throughout the West, and devastating the native crayfish and other riparian wildlife.

The Wayward West

San Rafael Swell bill is pulled; Al Gore pledges to protect roadless forests; California state park fees cut in half; gas pipeline companies disregard safety.

Babbitt's monument tour blazes on

The Clinton administration designates four new national monuments: Hanford Reach, Oregon's Soda Mountain area, Arizona's Ironwood Forest and the Canyons of the Ancients in southwestern Colorado.

The Great Sand Dunes: the next new national park?

A plan to expand Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Monument and turn it into a national park would purchase the Baca Ranch and keep its much-sought-after groundwater in the San Luis Valley.

The end of a water mine?

Pressure is building for the federal government to send more of the groundwater in Colorado's San Luis Valley south in the Rio Grande for New Mexico and Texas.

Colorado considers a mining ban

In the wake of the Summitville Mine disaster, Colorado environmentalists are following Montana's example and working on initiative to ban cyanide in new open-pit gold mines in the state and to stop expansion of the Cripple Creek & Victor mine.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Reno waitresses rebel against high heels; Domino's Pizza via SUV; Ford Motor Co. admits SUVs cause problems; "pet owner" may change to "pet guardian" in Boulder, CO; prize-bearing cockroaches; how USAF considered bombing the moon; Nate Madsen's redwood.

Related Stories

Trickle of hope

An introduction to the special issues on the Salton Sea and the Colorado River Delta points to signs of life in an abused landscape in Southern California and Mexico.

'Something has got to give'

Salton Sea State Recreation Area Superintendent Steve Horvitz explains why the sea is so important.

'It's no horror story to me'

Longtime Salton City resident Norm Niver talks about the need to save the Salton Sea.

'They wasted a lot of money'

Mary Belardo, chair of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, talks about the Indian perspective on the Salton Sea.

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