High Country News July 31, 2000
When Paonia, Colo., resident Richard Rudin challenged a local mine's plans for expansion, the town was painfully divided, until the efforts of the North Fork Coal Working Group brought miners, environmentalists and agencies together for a solution.
Paonia, Colo., and HCN; visitors from near and far.
A group of unrelated Utah activists who first came together as the "Bastille Family" during anti-war protests in 1969 celebrates its 30th anniversary with a family reunion in Salt Lake City.
The Jarbidge Shovel Brigade's July 4 rally failed to reopen a controversial closed road along Nev.'s Jarbidge River, but the Forest Service's proposal to rebuild the road in a slightly different place so far has satisfied neither wise-users nor enviros.
Clinton administration delays dam-breaching decision; critics call Army Corps of Engineers' Los Alamos, NM, dam unnecessary; W.R. Grace repurchases vermiculite mine in Libby, MT and revokes EPA access; Californians vie to get $ for their polluting cars.
The federal government wants to downlist the gray wolf from "endangered" to "threatened" status, a move conservationists say could endanger the whole wolf recovery program.
A California environmental group says that building a Buddhist retreat center in Morse Canyon near Rancho Cucamonga would harm endangered species, especially the California gnatcatcher and the kangaroo rat.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, until recently thought to be part of New Mexico's state government, is actually a federal agency, and could be forced to keep enough water in the river to protect the endangered silvery minnow.
A proposed land swap by the Colorado State Land Board would trade the Little Cochetopa Creek School Section near Salida to a Kansas developer, a move critics say would harm elk and deer habitat and end local access.
A county jury says the state of Washington must pay SDS Co., a logging company, to protect endangered spotted owls on the company's private land.
Future human-made floods from Glen Canyon Dam, designed to help restore the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, are on hold until scientists find a way to protect and recover an endangered subspecies, the Kanab ambersnail.
A recent wildfire on Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wash., released plutonium into the air, and watchdog groups are not satisfied by the Department of Energy's claim that there is no cause for worry.
For the first time ever, the environmental group Forest Guardians has recommended thinning and prescribed burning in the dense pine forests on Santa Fe's watershed.
In the wake of forest fires, mountain communities along Colorado's Front Range are working with agencies to protect homes and watersheds from storm-caused floods that could race over burned and eroded ground.
The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, Wyo., will display the skull of the biggest bighorn ever known, a 15,000- to 22,000-year-old relic.
A compound from the Fremont barberry bush on Colorado's Western Slope is helping researchers fight antibiotic resistance.
Biologist Nikolle Brown is seeking photographs and information on any reptiles seen in the Grand Canyon for her Snakes of the Grand Canyon Identification and Distribution Project.
A coalition of environmentalists has raised the money to protect a historic ranch in Utah's Wasatch Mountains from the sprawling development of nearby Park City.
Golfers are working with conservationists to encourage bees and other native pollinators to inhabit golf courses.
"Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir" by Murry A. Taylor tells the story of the sometimes "irreverent, vulgar, uncouth and crass" folks who parachute in to fight forest fires in the West.
Doug Hawes-Davis' new video documentary, "Killing Coyote," goes inside the battle waged by humans against one of the most resilient predators, the coyote.
"Raging River, Quiet Mind: Field Notes from the Grand Canyon" wonderfully reproduces the illustrated journal writer Teresa Jordan kept on a 12-day river trip through the Grand Canyon.
The third annual Sacred Buffalo Conference is held Aug. 13-15 in Santa Fe, N.M.
A conference on Riparian Ecology and Management in Multi-Land Use Watersheds is held Aug. 28-31 in Portland, Ore.
Hiking and mountaineering clubs are sponsoring a National Mountain Conference Sept. 14-16 in Golden, Colo.
Volunteers are sought for Colorado's Natural Areas Program.
A new directory features maps, cross-references charts and an index of various communities.
A Michigan-based nonprofit, Musicians United to Sustain the Environment, is giving away CDs in drawings.
The Society for Human Ecology is sponsoring a conference for scientists, educators and urban planners Oct. 18-22 in Jackson, Wyo.
Open-space advocates will gather at a National Land Trust Rally Oct. 19-22 in Portland, Oregon.
Heard Around the West
San Francisco vs. tourists; "Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)"; camping at Wal-Mart; Yellowstone Web site pulls ads begging for corporate money; lawn ornament bandits in Oregon; lawn mowers vs. people.
In Montana, the Stillwater Mining Co. and local citizens' groups have signed a legally binding "good neighbor" agreement that holds the palladium mine to strict environmental standards in exchange for environmentalists agreeing to drop a lawsuit.
Ed Marston interviews Steve Hinchman, former HCN staffer and director of the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, about the different kind of environmental activism and consensus-building needed in rural Western communities.