Magazine
Shooting Spree

May 10, 2004

The West’s environmentalist lawyers are manning the legal barricades, as the Bush administration stealthily attacks the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. Also in this issue: Arizona activists team up with Rep. Raul Grijalva to create a small-scale wilderness proposal for the Tumacacori Highlands.

Feature

Shooting Spree
The West’s environmentalist lawyers are manning the legal barricades, as the Bush administration stealthily attacks the nation’s bedrock environmental laws

Editor's Note

Rednecks and hippies unite!
The small-town politics of a place like Paonia, Colo., are a microcosm of the nation today, revealing deep political divisions and a kind of winner-takes-all arrogance on the part of those in power

Uncommon Westerners

Filmmakers Filmmakers Dru Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis: Documenting the Evolving West
Dru Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis formed High Plains Films to make environmental documentaries that are even-handed, humane, and not at all preachy

Essays

Off-road vehicles are chewing up our public lands
The only solution to the destruction of public lands by off-highway vehicles is to begin to restrict their use in the backcountry
Motorized recreation belongs in the backcountry
Off-road vehicle users need to be responsible, but at the same time they should fight against any restrictions to backcountry riding
The common beauty of a spring day
A spring day in Montana leads to an encounter with sandhill cranes, and with beauty

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Lyman Orton of the Vermont Country Store and the Orton Family Foundation visits; Dianne Dumanoski talks about global warming; Krissy Clark wins Golden Reel broadcasting award for a Radio HCN feature

News

Small steps for wilderness
Arizona activists team up with Rep. Raul Grijalva to create a small-scale wilderness proposal for the Tumacacori Highlands
Follow-up
Owyhee Initiative offers Idaho wilderness proposal; judge upholds Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Envirocare seeks toxic-waste dump in Iraq; and Salton Sea may be cut in half to save it
Jackson can't agree on growth
A decade after it became famous for its model land-use planning, Jackson, Wyo., is facing a stagnant downtown, crowded highways, sprawling development and sky-high real estate prices
Water 'holy war' rages in central Utah
In central Utah, Sanpete County wants to build a dam and reservoir to provide for its fast-growing population, but neighboring Carbon County says the Gooseberry Narrows Dam will be a water-stealing boondoggle
Dam's price tag skyrockets
Controversy over the long-planned Animas-La Plata Dam in southwestern Colorado flares again, when the soaring price tag of "A-LP Ultralight" becomes known
Seattle embarks on a dramatic experiment in restoration
Ecologists working for the city of Seattle, Wash., are trying to make the second-growth forest of the Cedar River Watershed function ecologically like an old-growth forest

Book Reviews

Report unearths the high cost of mining
A new report from Earthworks and Oxfam America, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities and the Environment, details the waste and pollution produced by modern mining
Calendar
Seeing the forest for its dead trees
M. Lisa Floyd’s book, Ancient Pinon-Juniper Woodlands: A Natural History of Mesa Verde Country, brings 23 scientists and researchers together to celebrate a little-known and delicate ecosystem

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Arnold Schwarzenegger and hydrogen-powered cars; 19th century operas vs. political correctness; dogs vs. coyotes in Telluride; turning Mount Democrat into a Republican; Sen. Pete Dominici loses wallet and identity; stupid bank-robber tricks; and honk if y

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The Faces Behind the Lawsuits
Environmentalist lawyers Johanna Wald, Joe Feller, Laird Lucas, Letty Belin, Mike Axline, Jay Tutchton, Roger Flynn and Tom France are briefly profiled