High Country News June 26, 1995
Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.
Skipped issue, long-range planning and board meeting, visiting fellow Rick Keister, interns Diane Kelly and Shea Andersen.
Utah environmentalists protest the wilderness bill introduced by Utah Republicans.
A controversial Colorado proposed ski resort, Lake Catamount, suffers a setback when the major investor pulls out.
Tom Chisholm, former environmental manager of the bankrupt Summitville Mine is indicted by the EPA for his part in Colorado's worst environmental disaster.
The EPA indicts Louisiana-Pacific for its Olathe, Colo., waferboard plant's pollution.
An award-winning salvage logging operation in Idaho provokes controversy and criticism.
Illegal hazardous waste dumps are increasingly discovered in national forests.
President Clinton vetoes a bill that would have doubled salvage logging.
Activist Larry Tuttle begins on 1,872 mile walk from Oregon to Colorado to raise support for reform of the 1872 Mining Law.
Negotiations over reform of the 1872 Mining Law proceed quietly in the U.S. Senate.
Dan Beard resigns as director of the Bureau of Reclamation to the disappointment of environmentalists.
A tongue-in-cheek consideration of Colorado Republican Scott McInnis' search for waste at the Department of Interior, the closing of national parks and the Christian Coalition's involvement in both.
Wolf-watchers, biologists, elk and coyotes all react to the shake-up caused by wolves returning to Yellowstone.
Heard Around the West
Want ads for sheepherders, straw bale houses on the Navajo Reservation, women in the Forest Service, betting on the planet's future, New Era philanthropy, seminars on "how to stay calm."
The deep flaws in the BLM's inventory of Utah wild lands may doom many irreplaceable landscapes that were eliminated from wilderness consideration.
Most new prisons are being built in economically troubled rural areas.
Prisons are a major growth industry in the rural West.
The Delta Correctional Facility was given unrestricted use of 91 acres in the Escalante State Wildlife Area in Colorado.
The prisons in Colorado's Fremont County have brought more benefits than problems, many claim.
Delta County resident Lettie Hellman is a proponent of prisons for economic growth and other reasons.