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High Country News June 21, 2004

A Walk Between Worlds

Feature

Following the Ancient Roads

On a 10-day walk through the northwestern New Mexico desert, the author follows an ancient road that leads him from silent Indian ruins into noisy, modern gas fields

Editor's Note

A chance for redemption

The lead essays in this issue find both darkness and hope in the times we live in, and in the reminder that all civilizations – including our own – eventually crumble and fall

Dear Friends

Dear friends

HCN’s summer break; potluck in Carbondale, Colo.; HCN’s ad policy, real estate ads and special land-trust ad section; reader response; thanks for May fund-raiser in Salt Lake City; clarifications and corrections

Uncommon Westerners

Fighting for the Rocky Mountain Front: Montana rancher Karl Rappold

Montana rancher Karl Rappold is determined to save his beloved Rocky Mountain Front from development by the oil and gas industry

News

As fire season ignites, Smokey Bear's legacy lingers

Land managers have been talking about letting more wildfires burn, but the recent blowup of the Peppin Fire near Capitan, N.M. – home of Smokey Bear – leads to renewed talk of aggressive fire suppression

Follow-up

Judge rules citizens can petition to have "candidate" species listed as endangered; genetically engineered salmon eat regular salmon; genetically engineered corn planted in Colorado; Energy Department plans to ship weapons grade plutonium and enriched ura

Oil money rules in the West's mini-Middle East

Two Democratic governors – Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Bill Richardson of New Mexico – find themselves caught between the money that comes from the energy industry and the environmental impacts of oil and gas development

Lame-duck governor moves deadlocked wilderness debate

Utah Gov. Olene Walker announces county-by-county discussions planned to break the impasse in the state’s long fight over wilderness

Proposal for Lassie's lumber mill has enviros barking

A plan for a resort development at the old Broughton Lumber mill in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has some Washington environmentalists worried

Mining town gambles on a road to riches

The rivalry between two Colorado gambling towns has led Central City to begin building a new highway to draw visitors directly to its casinos rather than to those of its more successful neighbor, Black Hawk

High-stakes logging plan gets go-ahead

The large-scale salvage logging planned for the Biscuit Fire area in southern Oregon and Northern California marks the first time logging has been approved on land previously protected by the Roadless Rule

Mining law claims mountain

Crested Butte, Colo., residents are angry that the BLM has sold the mining giant Phelps Dodge 155 acres at the top of Mount Emmons – the town’s beloved "Red Lady" – for about $5 an acre

Debate rages over firefighting airplanes

Citing safety concerns, the federal government has canceled contracts for 33 privately owned large air tankers, usually used to fight Western wildfires

Border Patrol wants motorized access to wilderness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to give the Border Patrol regular motorized access to more than 330,000 acres of wilderness along the Mexican border

Book Reviews

Avedon at Work in the American West

Laura Wilson describes the time she spent roaming the West with photographer Richard Avedon in the early 1980s in her book, Avedon at Work in the American West

Perspectives on change — climate change

Charles Wohlforth looks at climate change in Alaska from two cultures’ viewpoints, when he talks to scientists and to the Inupiaq people in The Whale and the Supercomputer: On The Northern Front of Climate Change

Food on every plate, art on every wall

In A More Abundant Life: New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico, Jacqueline Hoefer explores the wide range of public artworks created in the state in the 1930s, under Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration

How agriculture ate the earth

In Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Richard Manning goes after modern agriculture with a vengeance

Essays

As dams fall, a chance for redemption

Visits to three Western dams – California’s doomed Matilija Dam, the unfinished Elk Creek Dam in Oregon, and the Southwest’s giant Glen Canyon Dam – lead the author to consider the fact that sooner or later, every dam crumbles

Revenge of the old-timers: The beavers are back

The sight of a beaver swimming past a barbecue leads to speculation on the role the animal played in the settling of the West, and the current conflicted views New Westerners have about living with wildlife

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Firefighting fisherman; Denver’s dangerous principal; peregrine falcons and bridges; San Francisco’s parrots; jaguar gets the finger in Albuquerque

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