Magazine
Pipe Dreams

August 4, 2003

Nevada’s dirt-poor Lincoln County is rich in water, but conservationists have reservations about Vidler Water Company’s plans to market it, and the city of Las Vegas has its own needs– and plans – for that water. Also in this issue: As drought dries up the Rio Grande, New Mexico’s congressional delegation goes after a court decision upholding the endangered silvery minnow’s right to water.

Feature

Pipe Dreams
Nevada’s dirt-poor Lincoln County is rich in water, but conservationists have reservations about Vidler Water Company’s plans to market it, and the city of Las Vegas has its own needs– and plans – for that water

Editor's Note

A brave new world of water
Water development in the West has always been about economic growth and enrichment, and current proposals for water use, whether from the public or private sector, need to be judged on their own merits

Essays

When did we become such gear-toting wimps?
Something is amiss when a hiker’s gear costs more than a fashion model’s
Journey to the bottom of Navajo Lake
As drought lowers the level of New Mexico’s Navajo Reservoir, Jose "Ed" Marquez visits the site of his former hometown, Los Arboles, destroyed when the area was flooded in the late 1950s

Dear Friends

Dear friends
We’re back from vacation; visitors; Amy Alanko to leave HCN, Ann Ulrich Miller to return; just kidding about Elvis

News

Truce remains elusive in Rio Grande water fight
As drought dries up the Rio Grande, New Mexico’s congressional delegation goes after a court decision upholding the endangered silvery minnow’s right to water
The Latest Bounce
Judge rules against Clinton’s Roadless Rule; New Mexico calls off coyote hunt; Interior Secretary Gale Norton not accountable for Indian trust funds; Joshua Hills development in California stops; and Office of the Special Counsel has backlog of whistleblo
Is the Southwest’s ‘last real stinker’ on its last legs?
The possibility that the Mohave Generating Station could shut down delights Southwestern environmentalists, but worries the Navajo and Hopi tribes economically dependent on the plant
Plains tribe harnesses the wind
Even as the Rosebud Sioux Reservation works on building and marketing "wind power," the pressure is on to exploit traditional energy sources in Indian Country
Judge says Klamath plan needs revisions
The Bureau of Reclamation’s management plan for the Klamath River Basin has been sent back to the drawing board
Want to protect a river? Get out and swim it
Christopher Swain talks about the year he spent swimming the entire 1,243-mile length of the Columbia River to help raise awareness of the river and its problems
Calendar

Book Reviews

Red Earth: desert poems resurrected
Santa Fe writer Alice Corbin’s Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico, is republished in a beautifully illustrated new edition
Project puts tribal lands back on the map
The Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative combines Native American and Western methods to track down and document ancestral lands
Sustainable forestry for beginners
Brian Foster’s Wild Logging: A Guide to Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Forestry introduces readers to Western landowners, foresters and loggers, and answers technical questions

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Plants vs. terrorists; "Bovolexia"; Sierra Club brand products; rancher vs. Forest Service over water for firefighting; California vs. undisciplined bladders; and both enviros and conservatives rap Bush on environment

Letters

Related Stories

Rural ‘Water Warriors’ take on a water wrangler
Residents of Nevada’s Sandy Valley organized into the "Water Warriors" to fight Vidler Water Company’s plans to develop the valley’s water
County’s hopes rest on a roller-coaster power market
Lincoln County, Nev., hoped to make money from a gas-fired power plant, but the uncertain energy market, along with other difficulties, have stalled the plans in their tracks