High Country News November 20, 2000
At the 10-year anniversary of William Reilly's veto of Colorado's proposed Two Forks dam, the continuing growth of Denver's sprawling suburbs leads some to worry that the dam might well be brought back to life.
Conservationists mourn the recent death of David Brower, former Sierra Club director, founder of Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute, and passionate fighter against dams and for the wild.
HCN's political columnist considers the recent, weird and not-quite-finished election, and suggests that if George Bush turns out to be the winner, he will have to govern from the middle, which could prove good news for the environment.
Among the Western election results highlighted are the failure of anti-sprawl initiatives in Colorado and Arizona, a ban on game farms in Montana, and legislative races in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
Citizens of Creede, Colo., a small historic mining town, are split over businessman Don Shank's plans to run a tourist train from South park to Creede on Union Pacific's abandoned tracks.
Nevada conservationists are stunned by the recent dismantling of the state's Division of Water Planning, largely due to ranchers, miners and rural officials who resented the recommendations of its recently revised state water plan.
Vermilion Cliffs is a new mounument in Ariz.; Forest Service can buy land in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District; NFS to buy land in Wash. from Plum Creek Timber Co.
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
Oregon may set a precedent with its planned transformation of the defunct Trojan nuclear power plant into a state park.
Wireless phones have become popular among the rural residents of the Southwest's sprawling Navajo Reservation.
Arizona's anti-growth Proposition 202 failed largely because its well-heeled opponents blanketed the airways with often inaccurate advertising.
The writer offers a post-mortem on the defeat of anti-sprawl initiatives in Arizona and Colorado.
Heard Around the West
SPAM & Tofurky; suggestions for Wyoming 'Survivor' show; good bumper stickers; singer/songwriter Greg Brown;
Denver Water Department head Hamlet 'Chips' Barry describes some of the lessons the city has learned from the Two Forks veto.
Former Colo. Gov. Dick Lamm believes that the state's continuing population growth will make the Two Forks veto a temporary and Pyrrhic victory.
Colorado River Water Conservation District head Eric Kuhn says the Denver suburbs have some difficult choices ahead in their quest for more water.