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High Country News September 11, 2000


Holy water

A pastoral letter being prepared by the Catholic bishops of the Northwest calls Catholics and others to a new environmental, economic and spiritual relationship with a sacred river - the Columbia.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

A sad goodbye to Robert Hayutin; bumper crop of visitors.

Uncommon Westerners

Remembering an establishment revolutionary

Remembering the late John Sawhill, president of the Nature Conservancy, whose unique blend of environmental fervor and ability to schmooze with the rich helped to make his group the nation's largest conservation organization.


Coalition ushers a mine off sacred ground

A coalition of Indian tribes and the Sierra Club finally shuts down Arizona Tufflite's White Vulcan Mine in the San Francisco Peaks, which produced pumice for stone-washed jeans on land Indians hold sacred.

The Latest Bounce

Army Corps of Engineers loses approval to dredge Columbia; 85% baby salmon/steelhead on Snake River were barged this year; 222 sockeye return to Idaho's Redfish Lake; Wash.'s Goldsborough Dam to be breached; Dick Cheney wants to undo monuments.

A massacre is not forgotten

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell proposes a national historic site for southeastern Colorado, where women, children and elderly Indians were killed by cavalry in the Sand Creek Massacre.

Ski town workers find homes in the hills

Unable to afford skyrocketing rents, a growing number of Telluride, Colo., workers live illegally on Forest Service land.

What's best for a crumbling treasure?

Many Glacier and other historic hotels in Glacier National Park need major restoration, but some fear proposed legislation undermines concessionaire reforms only recently approved by Congress.

New developer thinks big

Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. is proposing to build "Sunrise," a brand-new town on company-owned land in the Salt Lake Valley near South Jordan, Utah.

Book Reviews

A whir of wings

In November, New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge hosts its annual Festival of the Cranes.

Farm Bureau not for farmers

Defender of Wildlife's report, "Amber Waves of Gain," accuses the American Farm Bureau of kowtowing to agribusiness at the expense of farmers and the environment.

Finding fresh flora

The Oregon Flora Project is working to create a comprehensive list of every plant that grows in the state.

Conserving connections

The Chatfield Basin Conservation Network brings together businesspeople, county officials, road builders and environmentalists to preserve open space and wildlife habitat south of Denver, Colo.

Sustainable Communities Symposium

A Sustainable Communities Symposium will be held Sept. 22-24 in Crested Butte, Colo.

The Wilderness Awareness School

Animal tracking, storytelling and more are taught at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Wash.

A new Web site managed by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology helps birders.

Environmental Performance at the Bench: The EPA's Record in Federal Courts

The EPA rarely wins lawsuits, according to Jonathan H. Adler's report from Reason Public Policy Institute.

Voices in the Wind

An anthology, "Voices in the Wind," contains short stories, essays, poems and editorials inspired by the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.

Drowning in Noise: Noise Costs of Jet Skis in America

Noise pollution critics believe the only way to solve noise annoyance problems is by banning motorized water skis, according to this report.

Natural History and Environmental Issues School

Ed Marston will speak on collaboration in the West at Colorado Mountain Club's Natural History and Environmental Issues School on Sept. 19.

GAO blasts land exchanges

A report from the Government Accounting Office says that land exchanges by the Forest Service and BLM are rarely in the public's best interest.

Faith found in forests

"Religion and the Forests," a new publication by the California-based Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation, calls for an end to commercial logging on public forests.

Cold can knock out whirling disease

New research suggests that trout that spawn in cooler water may be protected from whirling disease.


"Weed," a play by Michi Panttaja, takes an entertaining look at what happens when a farmer finds an endangered plant on his land.

Salmon Corps

The Salmon Corps trains young Native Americans in stream restoration work in the Northwest.

ORVs named one of top threats

A Wilderness Society report says that off-road vehicle use is one of the most serious threats to wild places.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Real cowboys wear pink; most isolated places in U.S.; controversial junior high gun program in Utah; Buffalo Commons Corp. goes belly-up in N.D.; woman drives into cougar in Ore.; treating "wealth angst"; grasshopper starts fire in Washington.

Related Stories

Excerpts from the pastoral letter draft

Excerpts from the draft of the pastoral letter speak of the need for a new Catholic environmental ethic that respects Native peoples, wildlife, water and the land in the Northwest.

On the path to a greener church

Spokane Bishop William Skylstad brings his rural and environmental background to the task of heading the steering committee on the Northwestern bishops' pastoral letter.

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