October 9, 2000
As illegal immigration from Mexico increases, more people risk their lives crossing the desert into Arizona, while government agencies, anti-immigration vigilantes and human rights activists argue over how to handle the influx.
Northwestern hatcheries now kill excess hatchery salmon to prevent captive-bred fish from weakening wild species, but critics, including some Indian tribes, say this is wasteful and unnecessary.
Clinton's fire-recovery plan approved with caveats; Interior Appropriations bill riders dropped; public can now appeal USFS projects; Colorado gas wells in some areas must use directional drilling; cyanide from Los Alamos runoff traced to fire retardant.
Grand Canyon's backcountry and river planning effort ends abruptly when Park Superintendent Robert Arnberger decides the process, which includes outfitters, private boaters and wilderness advocates, is "too contentious."
Wyoming veterinarians are blaming the drought for the summer's unusually high number of cattle with deadly sulfate-induced polio.
A green lawsuit forces Black Hills National Forest to refrain from logging one of its last roadless areas, and to protect old-growth stands and designate wildlife study areas.
The Western Regional Air Partnership has a plan to clear the air over the Colorado Plateau, but critics say the plan is much too soft and likely to prove ineffective.
The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw are asking for 95,000 acres of the Siuslaw National Forest as compensation for land stolen 150 years ago.
Some Western Shoshone are saying that a congressionally approved land-claims settlement should not be accepted by the tribe, because a tribal vote two years ago was not legitimate.
In Douglas, Ariz., rancher and consultant Jerry Bohmfalk is considering a lawsuit against the Border Patrol, which he believes makes matters worse by pursuing "economic refugees."
Alexis Claire, who owns a travel agency in Bisbee, Ariz., is part of a revival of the "Sanctuary Movement,' trying to help today's economic refugees as she helped refugees from Central America 10 years ago.
- William Bryan on Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
- Carl Reese on Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
- Steve Snyder on The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
- Ray Ring on Montana farmers start talking climate change
- Wayne L Hare on Dispatch from a medic on the North Star Fire in Washington