High Country News October 08, 2001
Canadian activists trying to save Alberta's Castle-Crown wildlands from rapid oil and gas development are frustrated by their nation's lack of effective environmental protection laws.
Paonia tomatoes; Ray Ring is HCN's Northern Rockies editor; Krissy Clark new production asst. for Radio HCN; Temple poetry magazine ends; Williams (Ore.) Forest Fund; deaths of Cate Gilles and Jim Corbett; West helps in WTC rescue work; correction.
The terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., have affected life in the West in many ways, bringing armed guards to major dams and derailing the tourism industry, among other impacts.
California ends electric deregulation; new wolf packs found in Montana, Idaho; Forest Service overspends firefighting budget; Western land trusts booming.
In the wake of the arson at Vail two years ago, Western ski resorts have hired security staff to keep an eye out for ecoterrorism.
A lawsuit from the Pacific Legal Foundation leads an Oregon federal district judge to throw out the coho salmon's status as protected under the Endangered Species Act.
In New Mexico, the Zuni Pueblo fights a coal strip-mine planned for Zuni Salt Lake, a site sacred to the tribe.
The Army Corps of Engineers backs away from a revised environmental impact statement that would have changed the way it operates six Missouri River dams.
Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.
After decades of cleanup efforts, Denver, Colo., is about to receive clean-air status from the Environmental Protection Agency.
In "Riders of the West," author Peter Iverson and photographer Linda MacCannell follow the Indian rodeo circuit from Arizona, through the Rocky Mountain West and into Canada.
In "Tony and the Cows," writer Will Baker investigates the life and death of radical environmentalist Tony Merten, who was accused of killing 34 cows and calves in New Mexico.
Three books on Western firefighting are reviewed: "The Season of Fire" by David J. Strohmaier; "Year of the Fires" by Stephen J. Pyne, and "Wildfire: A Reader," edited by Alianor True.
Heard Around the West
Naked statue offends; sexy Olympic skaters; gender-based shopping cart behavior; bugs bug windmills; Colo. Gov. goes to pot; gay/lesbian group not welcome to adopt S.D. highway; Seattle residents line up for toilets; don't run from cougars.
Before the U.S. tries to crack down on suspicious-looking Muslims and Middle Easterners, it would do well to remember the World War II era injustice of Japanese-American internment camps like Minidoka, Idaho.
Alberta, Canada, ranchers are frustrated by the government's lack of oversight of the proliferating sour-gas plants that some say harm health and livestock.