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High Country News February 21, 2005

Have Environmentalists Failed the West?

Feature

Where were the environmentalists when Libby needed them most?

The story of Libby, Montana, where hundreds have died from mining pollution, raises questions about the environmental movement itself.

Editor's Note

An identity crisis, a decade or two late

The recent controversy over "The Death of Environmentalism" illustrates the importance of reaching across the rural West’s cultural divide

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Fighting the good fight in Wyoming; remembering Jeff Limerick, Beth Williams, Tom Thorne and Ellen Meloy; good-bye to Wild Earth magazine; corrections

Uncommon Westerners

Nun calls the faithful to an 'ecological ministry'

Sister Joan Brown of Albuquerque, a Franciscan, believes Christianity needs to go beyond the doors of the church and into the natural world

News

A bold, if impractical, new plan for Yellowstone bison

New Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has a wildly ambitious plan to solve Yellowstone’s problems with wandering bison and the brucellosis threat

Follow-up

Court orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department to comply with Endangered Species Act; Office of Inspector General finds EPA’s new mercury emissions standard to be "compromised"; J. Steven Griles leaves Interior Department for lobbyist job

Texas water case is 'takings' on steroids

Invoking NAFTA, a group of Texas farmers and irrigation districts sues Mexico over the Rio Grande’s water

Resort homes threaten scenic Mono Lake

An inholding in California’s Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area may soon be the site of a resort-home development

Snowmaking on sacred slopes stirs controversy

The Arizona Snowbowl ski area wants to use Flagstaff’s treated wastewater for snowmaking, but 13 American Indian tribes, who regard the San Francisco Peaks as sacred, are fighting the plan

State sues over Sierra forest plan

The state of California is suing the U.S. Forest Service for approving a new management plan that more than triples logging in the Sierra Nevada

Coal company takes refuge in a blind spot

Environmentalists on both sides of the border are up in arms over a Canadian coal company’s plans for an open-pit mine north of Montana’s Glacier National Park

Rancher wins big in libel suit against enviros

Arizona rancher and investment banker Jim Chilton wins a $600,000 judgment for libel against The Center for Biological Diversity

Book Reviews

From folk singer to fierce activist — the life of Katie Lee

In Sandstone Seduction: Rivers and Lovers, Canyons and Friends, Katie Lee takes readers on a breathless boat ride through her exhilarating life

You, too, can be in the know about California's H2O

David Carle’s Introduction to California Water is an ambitious field guide to the incredibly complicated world of California water

The Basket Maker

The Basket Maker by Kate Niles is a searing novel of incest and compassion set in the modern Southwest

The Meat You Eat: Corporate Farming and the Decline of the American Diet

In The Meat You Eat, Ken Midkiff reveals the ugly underbelly of industrialized meat production

Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West

Of Chiles, Cacti, and Fighting Cocks: Notes on the American West is a fine collection of Frederick Turner’s deft essays on the region

Essays

Let's not ram more boats through the Grand Canyon

Even though the river is their livelihood, most river guides oppose the Park Service’s plan to increase the number of boats allowed in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Evolution of a timber family

A Northwestern family finds itself in the midst of heated controversy over ecology and economics when it has to decide how to manage its timber farm

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Avalanches galore in the San Juan Mountains; a monstrous monster home in Jackson; "inattention blindness" on the highway; nice millionaires join the Yellowstone Club; exotic career day advice in Albuquerque; dog survives eagle snatching

Opinion

A Lively Exchange with the Interior Department

Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and HCN's Editors enjoy a lively exchange

Related Stories

Buildup to disaster: A Libby timeline

A timeline traces the decline of logging, the rise of environmentalism, and the slow asbestos poisoning of Libby, Montana, by its vermiculite mine

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