High Country News September 10, 2001
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.
Arizona biologist and teacher W.L. Minckley is remembered as a man of integrity and passion.
Soon after regional forester Brad Powell signed the revolutionary, controversial Sierra Nevada Framework, Forest Service Chief Bosworth transferred him from California to Montana.
Michael Robinson on wolves; congratulations, apologies and visitors; Dan Whipple's mystery, "Click"; Paonia coal mine tour
In Arizona, Tonto National Forest bans recreational shooting on 81,000 acres of "urban interface," where the forest meets the burgeoning Phoenix-like cities.
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.
The Senate mulls over extending the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program until 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local critics worry that a new landfill may pollute drinking water used by Eatonville and Tacoma, Wash.
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 mysterious disease is killing off the bighorn sheep on Montana's Whiskey Mountain, and biologist John Mioncynski is working to track down the culprit.
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.
Almost entirely student-run, Western Washington University's environmental magazine, "The Planet," uses local and regional stories to address national issues.
John Nichols' new novel, "The Voice of the Butterfly," is an environmental morality play that pulls no punches.
Boulder, Colo., has an innovative program of prescribed burning unusual among cities.
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.