High Country News November 11, 2002
The Stock Farm outside of Hamilton, Mont., is one of many new exclusive gated housing developments in the West, and some fear that these fortified palaces, which cater to a wealthy elite, will further divide communities and adversely impact the land.
Gated communities; HCN calls readers; visitors; gripes & gun-totin' Democrats
Writers on the Range
Independent, family-owned newspapers are disappearing down the gullets of huge corporations, and American democracy is directly threatened by the loss of a diversity of voices.
The Department of Energy is looking for shortcuts in the cleanup of radioactive waste at the Hanford bomb factory in Washington, but area tribes and environmentalists fear the job may not be properly done.
In Hanford, Wash., a local group, the Citizens for Medical Isotopes, wants to convert the Fast Flux Test Facility into a private facility producing medical isotopes.
Whistleblower says Fisheries Service followed politics, not science; decision to release water for the silvery minnow is reversed; Farmers get money for destroyed crops; Report says Bush admin. acted improperly when it overturned environmental regs.
Small desert springs in the Grand Canyon area are indispensable oases for many plants and animals, but they may be endangered by development many miles away as the groundwater is depleted.
Rancher Merle Edsall wants to save wild horses by sending them to a sanctuary in Sonora, Mexico, but some fear such a move would actually endanger the animals.
RD's Drive-In in Page, Ariz., is facing a federal lawsuit over its policy of not allowing Navajo employees to speak their native language while at work.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that, because of drought, changing the management of the Missouri River and its dams to benefit endangered fish and birds must be postponed.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to list the disappearing golden trout, California's state fish, as endangered.
Some Sheridan, Wyo., residents fear a planned land swap could land them with responsibility for an underground coal-seam fire at the Welch Ranch on the Tongue River.
In Coahuila, Mexico, the corporate colossus CEMEX is working to create a "Mexican Yellowstone" that would preserve the rich wildlife and wild country of the Sierra El Carmen.
Under a new law, California's three investor-owned utilities must buy 20 percent of their power from alternative energy sources such as wind and solar.
Colorado writer Alex Merkels talks about the revolution in wind power now sweeping over the West.
An anti-war demonstration in Flagstaff, Ariz., leads the writer to consider that our leaders are becoming more and more removed from the people, living and governing in isolation behind high and fortified walls.
Heard Around the West
Grizzly jam turns into fracas; School administrator embezzles for his self-esteem; yield to bison; Cody Boobyprise speaks out for endangered liberals; low-flow toilets cause problems in Santa Fe; rats in Beverly Hills; and Nike vs. British brewery.
Exclusive gated communities such as Montana's Yellowstone Club impact the land as well as the social fabric.
The sales pitch for the Silver Bow Club, a gated ranch community proposed for Montana's Big Hole River, weighs 12 pounds and encourages vivid lifestyle fantasies.