Magazine
A River Once More

October 16, 2006

In Oregon, a revolutionary community alliance is working to put water – and steelhead trout – back into the Deschutes River. Also in this issue: A federal judge has reinstated President Clinton’s roadless rule protecting forests in the Lower 48 states, but the decision seems to have only confused the issue of forest management and is likely to end up back in court.

Feature

A River Once More
In Oregon, a revolutionary community alliance is working to put water – and steelhead trout – back into the Deschutes River

Editor's Note

Good work in Washington
The Bush administration deserves credit for its "Water 2025" initiative, which provided grants that have helped the Deschutes River Conservancy and the Central Oregon Irrigation District begin restoring Oregon’s Deschutes River

Uncommon Westerners

Getting out of the office, and into hot water
California geology professor Jeff Mount uses river trips as an educational tool

Essays

What we love will save us
We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...

Writers on the Range

When a gas pipeline blows, you get out fast
When the Windsor gas pipeline blew out near Clark, Wyo., in August, local people were kept in the dark about a dangerous situation

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Mongolians visit HCN; Chuck and Tim Worley visit; Tucson’s lawns; Wilderness Society honors Terry Tempest Williams and Tom Bell; correction

News

Clinton-era roadless rule is back... for now
A federal judge has reinstated President Clinton’s roadless rule protecting forests in the Lower 48 states, but the decision seems to have only confused the issue of forest management and is likely to end up back in court
On the ballot: Will Californians vote to build an off-ramp from the oil highway?
California’s Proposition 87 would tax oil produced in the state to raise money for the development of alternative fuels
Voters could be energized, or exhausted, by ballot initiatives
In 10 Western states this November, voters face a total of 82 ballot measures
Wastin' away in New Mexico
Louisiana Energy Services, a European-based company, breaks ground on the first uranium enrichment facility in the U.S. near Eunice, N.M.

Book Reviews

Brave 'yellowbellies' served the West well
In Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line, Mark Matthews tells the story of the conscientious objectors who pioneered smokejumping to fight Western forest fires during World War II
Dry-hiking in a desert awash with history
A 61-year-old hiker and two middle-aged friends take an epic hike through Arizona in David Roberts’ new book, Sandstone Spine
A deliberate life in the Rockies
On the Wild Edge is David Peterson’s account of the two decades he and his wife, Caroline, have spent living close to nature in a cabin in the mountains of southern Colorado

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Guardsmen gone wild in Texas; humorous headlines; who wouldn’t love a giant fragrant pink earthworm; fixer-upper furnished with snakes; hit-and-run ATVs in Colorado; and extreme commuters in Portland

Letters

West Watch

Some 'canned' elk get uncanned
Game elk escape in Idaho
Will your favorite Forest Service campsite be closed down next summer?
Forest Service may close campgrounds
BLM busted for booting whistleblower
BLM ordered to pay whistleblower Earle Dixon
One dam down; four in limbo
Oregon’s Chiloquin dam to come down
Mother Nature rides an ATV
Factory Butte closed to ORVs
Wildland acres burned
Western wildland acres burned
Burning money
Wildfire financial data

Policy Watch

In politics, it's not about who you want to drink a beer with
The so-called "character issue" in politics – often defined as voting for the person you’d most like to have a beer with – is absurd for many reasons...

Sidebar

How to save a creek... one drop at a time
A detailed map shows the work being done on Oregon’s Whychus Creek to restore instream flows with the cooperation of local farmers