Magazine
Who Will Take Over the Ranch?

March 29, 2004

As private lands become the new frontier in the West’s wild real estate frenzy, ranchers are turning to land trusts in places like Gunnison, Colo., to find out how to hold on to their land and keep it open and undeveloped. Also in this issue: California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal.

Feature

Who will take over the ranch?
As private lands become the new frontier in the West’s wild real estate frenzy, ranchers are turning to land trusts in places like Gunnison, Colo., to find out how to hold on to their land and keep it open and undeveloped

Editor's Note

The great ranch lands sell-off
Environmentalists and ranchers should quit arguing about public-lands grazing and work together with the land trust movement to save the land we all love

Uncommon Westerners

Connecting Indian Country: Talk-show host Harlan McKosato
New Mexico’s Harlan McKosato sees his radio show, Native America Calling, as an "electronic talking circle" that helps build bridges between cultures

Essays

One national park could tell the truth about the West
The West’s endless tug-of-war between scenery and resources is brought into dramatic focus at Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Bush is a man of his word: He's audacious, but should that be surprising?
Democrats can learn a thing or two from the way Bush and the conservative Republicans are using political power

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Wallace Stegner Center celebrates 40th birthday of Wilderness Act; Casper Star-Tribune’s Charles Levendosky dies; visitors Stanley Dodson, Dorothy Kehmeier, Jim Low; correction on Pahreah townsite photos

News

California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
Follow-up
John Kerry vs. Barbara Cubin and Richard Pombo on oil; FBI arrests William Jensen Cottrell for California SUV arson; and Forest Service paid public relations firm $90,000 for "Forests With a Future" campaign and slogan
New Mexicans take a stand against oil and gas
In New Mexico, ranchers like Tweeti Blancett are working with environmentalists to keep oil and gas drillers away from Otero Mesa

Book Reviews

Asbestos beyond Libby city limits
In their new book, An Air That Kills, reporters Andrew Schneider and David McCumber tell the shocking story of how asbestos poisoned Libby, Mont., and continues to harm the nation
Calendar
Living with the wild
In The Raccoon Next Door: Getting Along With Urban Wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation expert Gary Bogue offers helpful advice on how to live with all kinds of wild creatures

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Wandering sea lion; off-roading over geysers; Blizzard of 1049; Wyoming’s got money; bowling for meteorites; Lake Mead is shrinking; and controversial books at the public library

Letters

Related Stories

Not just a ranch: Bucks and acres
Carl Palmer hopes to make his Adobe Ranch in California an economic success to prove that open space can be financially as well as environmentally valuable
Biology: The missing science
Studies by Montana’s Andrew Hansen and Colorado’s Rick Knight offer some of the first scientific evidence that preserving ranch lands provides important benefits to surrounding ecosystems