High Country News June 19, 2000
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.
Summer intern Beth Wohlberg; HCN's Albuquerque board meeting; meeting with readers; new edition of "Water in the West."
Exotic crayfish are invading streams throughout the West, and devastating the native crayfish and other riparian wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Salton Sea State Recreation Area Superintendent Steve Horvitz explains why the sea is so important.
Longtime Salton City resident Norm Niver talks about the need to save the Salton Sea.
Mary Belardo, chair of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, talks about the Indian perspective on the Salton Sea.