High Country News March 18, 2002
The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.
March weather; Tom Bell wins Conservationist of the Year Award; Hal Clifford is finalist in journalism awards; Ed Marston talks about Ed Abbey; visitors and boo-boos; HCN is halfway to its goal in the "Spreading the News" fund-raising campaign.
Writers on the Range
An Alaska company's much-mocked plan to haul bags of water 400 miles along the California coast is really no crazier than the things California has come up with in its search for water.
President Bush's brand-new National Energy Office is designed to expedite drilling and mining on public lands.
The Forest Service proposes an experimental program that would create "charter forests" to be administered outside the normal agency structure.
Eric Schaeffer resigns from EPA in protest; BLM withdraws approval of Nevada kitty-litter mine; Colorado lynx may not be reproducing; judge says Klamath Tribe has oldest water rights; timber companies want protection of northern spotted owl reconsidered.
The Santa Fe Watershed Partners Group is working with the Santa Fe National Forest to find an environmentally sensible way to thin and burn a New Mexico forest that has become a fire hazard.
Martha Hahn is forced out of her job as Idaho state director of the BLM, largely because she backed grazing cutbacks in the Owyhee Mountains.
After the enthusiastic boosterism that surrounded alternative livestock in the 1980s, emu, ostrich, elk and bison producers have seen the market - and their incomes - plummet.
The few remaining ranchers in Pitkin County, Colo., feel that a rezoning plan intended to concentrate Aspen's growth will end up harming them.
In an attempt to stem particulate air pollution caused by dust from California's dry Owens Lake, water is being returned to the lake bed for the first time in 90 years.
Char Miller's new biography, "Gifford Pinchot and the Foundation of Modern Environmentalism," reveals the self-serving careerist who founded the Forest Service and used his political skills to protect the environment.
Two new biographies of Edward Abbey - James Cahalan's "Edward Abbey: A Life" and Jack Loeffler's "Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey," add depth and life to the legendary figure of Cactus Ed.
Heard Around the West
Aspen not very sympathetic to Kenneth Lay; spuds in the news; postal pheasant dies; pigs fly in N.M. Legislature; flaming, flying cow pies; Dave Barry in North Dakota; Wyo. Sen. Bob Peck blames women for not earning more money.