High Country News February 26, 2001
In Idaho, the Nez Perce have become the first tribe to oversee the statewide recovery of an endangered species, the gray wolf, an experience that is energizing the tribe's own political and spiritual recovery.
Changing times for tribes; HCN potluck in Phoenix; a look at HCN's books; Stephen Pyne talks about fire.
Biologist Betsy Whitehill is remembered for a vibrant, loving life that included teaching Alaskan schoolchildren how to draw ducks.
A proposed Sierra Club initiative to end all public-lands logging reveals the distance between urban environmentalists and their rural counterparts in places like northern New Mexico, where poor Hispanics rely on grazing small herds.
Bonneville Power may scrap salmon recovery; killing hatchery salmon in WA; oil companies may drill in Rockies; "Operation Crossroads" tackles illegal immigrants. Idaho officials accused of ignoring INEEL's air and waste violations.
In Washington's Methow Valley, irrigators are up in arms over the National Marine Fisheries Service claim that leaky ditches take too much water and kill endangered salmon.
In Washington, the Trust for Public Land has worked out a tentative plan to preserve 1,020 acres along the Methow River, long sought by developers.
Some say the National Wildlife Refuge System is being neglected and perhaps should be split off from the Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Painters of the American West" museum exhibit from billionaire Philip Anschutz's collection ironically shows idealized, beautiful land, untouched by industrialists (such as Anschutz).
Heard Around the West
California; Vail's Lawn Chair Team, Idaho's Red Hot Mamas; Jackson Hole house prices; conservatives vs. Colo. Springs Independent; Utah store owner censors movies; Utah's "porn czarina"; Kane County Sheriff claims roads; Nevada's Legislature.
The Nez Perce tribe's success in wolf recovery is one of many stories of successful and innovative wildlife management by Indian tribes.
Idaho's first predator-control policy allows an aggressive approach, with a current plan to kill at least 75 bears and 10 mountain lions near the Lochsa River in an attempt to boost elk numbers.