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High Country News October 13, 2003

The Big Story Written Small

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The Big Story Written Small

The West’s big newspapers fall short when it comes to covering today’s most important issues: the "big story" about the environment, and the impacts on the region of growth and development

Editor's Note

Talking about a revolution

Environmental issues in the West are the region’s "big story" – and it’s high time the region’s big newspapers covered them adequately

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News

New Mexico: A nuclear homeland?

Lea County, N.M., is courting Louisiana Energy Services, a company that wants to build a uranium-enrichment facility to create fuel for nuclear power plants

Follow-up

Superfund runs out of money; Sen. Pete Dominici reneges on promise to not drill in ANWR; Kwicksutaineuk Tribe in British Columbia sues corporate fish farms; whistleblower Kevin Gambrell fired from Farmington, N.M., Indian Minerals Office; company wants to

Return of the King

Scientists have finally found a way to save the white pine from blister rust – but finding space in the forest to plant new trees is proving almost as difficult

Clearing the air

California farmers have long been exempt from the Clean Air Act, but that may change, as legislators and activists tackle the health and environmental problems linked to agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley

Contamination uncovered at Energy office

Beryllium contamination in a Las Vegas Energy Department complex may have come from a 1965 nuclear reactor explosion, some 85 miles away

Urban planners look to farmland to feed industrial growth

Portland, Ore., is bursting at the seams, and urban planners are starting to covet the Willamette Valley’s farmland

Pygmy-owl may lose protection

A court ruling may lead to the removal of the endangered status currently assigned to Arizona’s cactus ferruginous pygmy-owls

National monument back under attack

In Utah, Kane and Garfield county commissioners escalate their fight against Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, demanding the reduction of funding and staff and the demotion of monument manager Dave Hunsaker

Calendar

Book Reviews

Back down the fireline

In Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire, John N. Mclean leads readers through sweaty-palmed human encounters with Western wildfires

In the field with fire

A Season of Fire: Four Months on the Firelines of America’s Forests by Douglas Gantenbein refuses to glamorize firefighting or settle for simple solutions to the West’s fire problems

Ready, set, vote

A coalition called America Votes plans to educate voters and work with grassroots groups across the country to pump up election-day turnout

Essays

Western patriots are rebelling against the Patriot Act

Bozeman, Mont., is one of over 175 communities in the U.S. that have passed resolutions opposing the Patriot Act

Where’s Teddy when you need him?

The writer wishes Theodore Roosevelt could return and give the Republican party – and the rest of us – a good talking-to about conservation today

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Desert residents vs. desert sand; really overdue library books; Ken Lay’s Aspen real estate woes; sage grouse vs. jets in Wyoming; "emergency phone" calls in North Dakota; gardener named Gardener vs. Laramie, Wyo.; and Oregon driver vs. bee

Related Stories

One good example: The publisher

A.L. "Butch" Alford of the Lewiston, Idaho, Morning Tribune is a good example of a publisher who truly believes in independent journalism

Excellence

The Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources presented the first Wallace Stegner Awards in September to nine Western newspapers for excellence

One good example: The reporter

Karen Dorn Steele of the Spokane Spokesman-Review showed how a reporter at a regional paper can have a national impact, when she uncovered the extent of radioactive contamination at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

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