Magazine
Land of Disenchantment

April 3, 2006

A native New Mexican tries to understand the heroin epidemic that is destroying the Hispano community of the Espanola Valley, Also in this issue: Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s decision to resign prompts a look at Interior’s conservative counterrevolution during her tenure, along with its unintended consequences.

Feature

Land of Disenchantment
A native New Mexican tries to understand the heroin epidemic that is destroying the Hispano community of the Espanola Valley

Editor's Note

Tierra o Muerte
As the outside world bullies its way into northern New Mexico, the native Hispano culture has begun to fray, and today the region has the highest rate of heroin addiction in the country

Essays

Norton Departs
Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s decision to resign prompts a look at Interior’s conservative counterrevolution during her tenure, along with its unintended consequences
Washing our hands
The writer tells of an unexpected encounter with Interior Secretary Gale Norton, and the conversation that ensued
Waypoints of the heart
The new hobby of geocaching gives the author and her husband an excuse to explore Wyoming with a GPS while seeking to decode small human mysteries
High Country Zoo Special Edition - Apr. 1
A special April 1st issue of High Country Zoo contains stories about the Bureau of Land Ravagement and National Park Circus, as well as reviews of best-sellers like Memoirs of a Grazer.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Jonathan Thompson wins awards for Silverton paper; visitors; Luna Leopold dies; clarification; corrections

News

No clear victory for property-rights activists
Oregon’s Measure 37 has been upheld by the state Supreme Court, but even developers and some property-rights activists say the issue remains unsettled
Casinos coming to Navajo Nation
After long resistance to gambling, the Navajo Nation has decided to allow casinos on the reservation
If you've got some nuke waste, you can WIPP it
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico may begin taking hotter waste if the state carries out plans to relax regulations
Pipeline and dam dreams
The Utah Legislature has approved money for "preconstruction" work on a new dam for the Wasatch Front and a new pipeline for the booming city of St. George
Columbia River dams revived
In Washington, tribes have been shut out of a plan for new Columbia River dams that are being touted as good for salmon as well as farmers
Poison in the Wind
As suburban neighborhoods sprawl into California’s agricultural land, residents are faced with pesticide drift and other problems
The Latest Bounce
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys resigns; Phoenix finally gets some rain, but drought continues; Bonneville Power Administration must keep the Fish Passage Center open; Forest Service looks to outsource more jobs

Letters