High Country News May 29, 1995
A reporter travels through Washington state's 5th congressional district to try to understand the November election defeat of Democratic Speaker of the House Tom Foley after 30 years in office.
A visit from "Ramon" Robert Amon and Cindy Strand; June potluck and board meeting in Paonia
After a decade of drought, most of the West is now being drenched.
California retirees Ken and Pat Nute alienate neighbors by describing local houses as eyesores and the town as a dump, on a local TV show.
Montana hunter Chad McKittrick is charged with illegally killing one of the 15 wolves restored to Yellowstone.
"Recreational ranchers" earn extra money from tourists who pay for a chance to work as cowboys.
Texaco agrees to clean up North Platte River pollution from a defunct oil refinery after Sierra Club sues.
Idaho communities learn about land trusts as a possible solution to rapid growth.
New Mexico's Meridian Oil Inc. has been shortchanging the government on royalties, according to a BLM investigation.
The Wind River Indian Reservation sues non-Indian irrigators for violating water rights and dumping trash in the Wind River to dam it.
A lawsuit over grazing on Montana's Beaverhead National Forest is settled in ranchers' favor.
Jackson, Wyo.'s housing shortage will be worse than usual as Forest Service officials limit camping to five days on forest land in Jackson district.
A meeting of Wyoming's governor and other state officials with Nye County, Nev., wise-use rebels falls through after unwelcome publicity from the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
A heavy runoff from snow helps migratory salmon get over dams on their way to the ocean.
Mescalero Apaches vote to store high-level nuclear waste on the reservation six weeks after first voting against it.
The Washington Legislature's approval of Initiative 164 creates the most far-reaching "takings" law in the nation.
A review of Gregg Easterbrook's "A Moment on the Earth: The Coming Age of Environmental Optimism" exposes it as a destructuve, inaccurate polemic against environmentalists.
Critics say the Forest Service's revamped regulations under the National Forest Management Act will weaken environmental protection.
A review of "Industrial Hemp" touts potential of growing the currently illegal plant for products including paper, paint, and even dynamite.
A conference on "Sustainable Use of the West's Water" in Boulder, Colo., addresses water rights.
Conference to be held at Keystone, Colo.
American Rivers includes four Western rivers in its list of the nation's 10 most endangered.
Nominations are sought for the National Wildlife Federation's 1995 conservation achievement awards.
"Places of the Wild: A Wildlands Anthology" is reviewed.
"Bears and Ecosystems: A Period of Transition" conference will be held by the Yellowstone Grizzly Foundation.
Heard Around the West
Utah exempts peace pipes; Arizona tribe wants to protect air; new Navajo Pres. Hale asks for pardon for Peter MacDonald; eating buffalo in Ronan, Mont.; wise-use newsletter, "The Courier'; Democrats in Oregon's Wallowa County.