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High Country News July 03, 2000

A river resurrected


A river resurrected

On the California-Mexico border, environmentalists from two countries are working to restore the Colorado River Delta.


Los Alamos fire offers a lesson in humility

The writer believes that much can be learned from the Cerro Grande fire at Los Alamos, N.M., if we will acknowledge our ignorance and learn how to live in the West.

Fires illuminate our illusions in the Southwest

A former Park Service director says the Los Alamos fire was due partly to "our refusal to live within the rules ordained by ... a high, dry, windy, rocky, sandy region."

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Summer break; new board members Arturo Sandoval, Mark Gordon and Andy Hays; visitors; congratulations to Stanley Crawford and Theo Colborn; correction.


Climbing is the easy part

Climbers who wish to scale Colorado's Culebra Peak must now request permission from the new owner of the controversial Taylor Ranch, which includes the mountain.

Los Alamos races against time

In the wake of the Cerro Grande fire, Los Alamos faces a new problem: how to prevent summer rainstorms from flooding the fire-denuded canyons and washing the laboratory's hazardous wastes into the Rio Grande.

The Wayward West

New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici proposes bill for thinning forests; Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio vs. fee demo enforcement; Canada geese in Washington to be killed; Utah Rep. Jim Hansen vs. new monumts; employers want new work visas for foreigners.

Protesters rock roadless area hearings

Environmentalists in favor of roadless area protection and loggers and ORVers against it both gather in Missoula, Mont., to give the Forest Service their opinion.

Tooele opens the door to more toxics

Tooele County can't stop the temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel rods on land owned by the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians.

Expansion faces restrictions

Telski, the ski resort in Telluride, Colo., wins a lawsuit and can now expand onto national forest lands.

The basin has a much-ballyhooed plan

The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Project, a controversial proposal for managing federal land in the Northwest, may be near approval after six years of work.

Environmentalists challenge aerial gunning program

In Colorado, environmentalists are calling for a halt to the aerial gunning of coyotes until its effects on wildlife can be studied.

Freedom of speech shines in Arizona cave

Matt Chew, the Arizona state parks ecologist who was fired for criticizing the development of Kartchner Caverns State Park, is reinstated by the agency.

A gutsy activist challenges a powerful industry

California homeowner Karen Schambach puts together a report documenting the abuses of off-highway vehicles and the lack of enforcement of environmental regulations.

Utah's river kid takes on the water buffaloes

Zachary Frankel's Utah Rivers Council is fighting the Central Utah Project, particularly a plan by farmers and investors to sell CUP water intended for irrigation to rapidly growing Salt Lake County.

Caterpillar concoction causes concern

Conservationists are fighting a Forest Service plan to control tussock moths by using ground-up caterpillars that carry a virus.

Idaho labs blow another stack

Two conservation groups - Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Fre and Idaho's Environmental Defense Institute - are suing the DOE over radioactive waste treatment at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

Red Mountain tries to hang on to history

In Colorado's San Juan Mountains, locals are trying to preserve a historic ghost town, Ironton, from development.

Drying up the Melon capital

Some residents of Rocky Ford, Colo., are worried by the prospect of area farmers selling their water rights to the rapidly growing city of Aurora.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Rainbow gathering in Dillon, Mont.; people throw things at Ag Secretary Dan Glickman; PETA vs. dairy in Midwest high schools; rafting rescues in Grand Canyon; Texas has an "official" SUV; Milford High School in Utah vs. 16-year-old disgruntled student.


'We haven't got anything back'

Nephi, Utah, resident Ross Garrett in his own words talks about water and population growth in Utah.

'The vampires are in charge of the blood bank'

Utah Rivers Council director Zachary Frankel talks about his love for rivers and the need to protect them.

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