November 25, 2002
As Oregon cities hit their urban growth boundaries, some say it's time to look at the 30-year old rules that govern development. Also in this issue: Congress may have turned to the right, but enviros claim victory at the state level.
A profile of Ed Marston, the outgoing publisher of High Country News, describes his path from East Coast physics professor to a small-town Colorado environmentalist publisher unusually sympathetic to ranchers
Ed Zuckerman of the Federation of State Voter Conservation Leagues says environmentalists should not despair over the recent elections, because grassroots conservation groups did very well at the local level
Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo
The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks
A new bill designates 450,000 acres of wilderness in Nevada, but makes it easier for Las Vegas to grow by withdrawing other land from wilderness consideration
A new report criticizes the BLM's handing of land swaps, saying the process is "politicized" and results in the loss of federal money and natural resources
A federal court rules that Pres. Clinton did, in fact, have the authority to create six national monuments in four Western states
Herbicide spread by BLM land managers on range near Malaga, N.M., has washed into the Black River, contaminating a diversion ditch and killing nearby farmers' crops and trees
The luxurious WestRock Resort is now under construction, 90 miles north of Boise, despite continued opposition from environmentalist and citizens' groups
Drought has brought to light a long-submerged sculpture: artist Robert Smithson's earthwork, "Spiral Jetty," in the Great Salt Lake
The Wilderness Society has published two reports criticizing the Bush administration's national energy plan
The Portland Green Map lists 800 resources and points of interests to guide Portland residents and visitors who lean green
In his memoir of rural life in Alder Creek, Idaho, On All Sides Nowhere, author William Gruber avoids the traps of sentimentality and self-importance that so often infest the genre
- Jim Scarborough on Will the Northwest Forest Plan come undone?
- on Feds opt not to list Mono Basin sage grouse
- Chase Gunnell on Will the Northwest Forest Plan come undone?
- Arnold Weissberg on Ranch Diaries: Building community in the middle of nowhere
- Steve Snyder on Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day