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High Country News September 10, 2001

The rise and fall of a desert stream


The rise and fall of a desert stream

In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

Uncommon Westerners

Integrity and passion

Arizona biologist and teacher W.L. Minckley is remembered as a man of integrity and passion.


New forest chief becomes a lame duck

Soon after regional forester Brad Powell signed the revolutionary, controversial Sierra Nevada Framework, Forest Service Chief Bosworth transferred him from California to Montana.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Michael Robinson on wolves; congratulations, apologies and visitors; Dan Whipple's mystery, "Click"; Paonia coal mine tour


Cease-fire on the Tonto Forest

In Arizona, Tonto National Forest bans recreational shooting on 81,000 acres of "urban interface," where the forest meets the burgeoning Phoenix-like cities.

The Latest Bounce

Kathleen Clarke picked as BLM head; USFWS and enviro groups agree to speed up ESA listings; Mont. Gov. Judy Martz wants to shrink Missouri Breaks monument; Bonanza, Ore., sues irrigators and agencies for polluting its water.

Congress may agree on fees

The Senate mulls over extending the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program until 2006.

Gas industry gambles on New Mexico mesa

Critics warn that plans to drill for natural gas may harm New Mexico's remote Otero Mesa and the biological integrity of its Chihuahuan Desert grasslands.

Nevada tribe says kitty litter plan stinks

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony of Hungry Valley, Nev., is fighting Oil-Dri Corporation's plan to mine clay on nearby public land and process it into kitty litter.

Organics, timber cut healthy deal

The town of Williams, Ore., wants to buy a nearby forest owned by Boise Cascade to protect local organic farms from herbicide chemicals used in spraying.

Texaco spill leaves residents fuming

Some citizens of Sunburst, Mont., feel that Texaco has not done enough to clean up an underground gasoline pool left from a toxic spill 46 years ago.

New dump may trash Tacoma's water

Local critics worry that a new landfill may pollute drinking water used by Eatonville and Tacoma, Wash.

Indian activist may lead cowboys

Indian activist and Libertarian Russell Means is appealing to Catron County sagebrush rebels as he kicks off his campaign to run for governor of New Mexico.

A murder mystery on Whiskey Mountain

A mysterious disease is killing off the bighorn sheep on Montana's Whiskey Mountain, and biologist John Mioncynski is working to track down the culprit.

Book Reviews

Dictionary of the American West

In his newly revised edition of "Dictionary of the American West," Win Blevins explores the lingoes of many different Western subcultures in an entertaining manner.

Keeping an eye on The Planet

Almost entirely student-run, Western Washington University's environmental magazine, "The Planet," uses local and regional stories to address national issues.

Voice of the Butterfly

John Nichols' new novel, "The Voice of the Butterfly," is an environmental morality play that pulls no punches.

Boulder utilizes burns

Boulder, Colo., has an innovative program of prescribed burning unusual among cities.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

How we resemble black bears; reptile thieves; dove nests in semi-trailer; robotic milker demonstrated; Utah loosens drinking laws; Salt Lake City bus driver changes name to Santa Claus; Allard listens to Cortez, CO; "Cody Coyote" newspaper spoof previews.

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