High Country News July 24, 1995
The University of Arizona's determination to build a world-class observatory on Mount Graham creates a storm of controversy involving an endangered red squirrel and an Indian tribe's desire to protect the mountain as a sacred place.
Ed Marston interviews HCN reader Daniel Beard, who resigns as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Sept. 1.
Snowplows in June, tracking down former interns, the Eco Challenge Utah "95, roaming readers.
A proposed new rural-remote zoning law in Colorado's Pitkin County, designed to prevent the growth of "monster homes," faces fierce opposition from some local landowners such as Betty LaMont.
County officials where militias are active begin to feel the cost in law enforcement and legal fees, as well as in fewer tourists.
A 1992 federal report reveals a "cozy relationship" between Kaibab Forest Products Co. and Kaibab National Forest, involving stolen trees and "gift turkeys."
Utah's environmental groups sound a nationwide alarm to stop a Utah wilderness bill they describe as "disastrous."
Tourists Jim and Dafang Lin witness a 44-foot slab fall from Utah's 306-ft. Landscape Arch.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a proposal to bring back the endangered Mexican wolf to southern New Mexico and southwest Arizona.
Forest Service employee Loretta McEllhiney finds creative ways to restore heavily trampled and eroded hiking trails on Colorado's Mt. Elbert.
Even as the Endangered Species Act is upheld in Western courts, lawmakers in Congress work to destroy it.
The third summer of the Cove/Mallard Coalition's protests against logging in central Idaho begins with arrests and lawsuits.
Former militia member Ken Medenbach is barred from the 10 acres of federal land he "seized" and began to log last spring.
Ranchers Kit and Sherry Laney receive what environmentalists call a "paper cut" order to cut cattle numbers on the Diamond Bar Grazing Allotment, but will be allowed to up the numbers after fences and stock tanks are built.
Veterinary technician Carolyn Kinsey, fired for protesting the ill-fated release of black-footed ferrets in South Dakota, wants to start a care facility at Pueblo, Colo., for geriatric and neglected ferrets.
The Logan Canyon Coalition loses an appeal to the Forest Service to protect Logan Canyon from an enlarged highway.
The Oregon Natural Resources Council in a report blames grazing, the suppression and poor logging practices for the declining wealth of Western forests.
Richard Knight releases a video titled "Saving the West: Protecting Open Space."
The Sustainable Energy Budget Coalition blasts congressional budget cuts in renewable energy and support for fossil fuel and nuclear programs.
Two scientific panels announce support for the Endangered Species Act.
Short takes on conferences including "The Prehistoric Basis for Water Use in New Mexico," "The Endangered West," the "Waterton Writers Workshop," and an art show titled "Wild Oregonians."
Heard Around the West
National Park Service's "Park "N' Drive Competition," RVs outnumber tents 3 to 1, Yellowstone's roadkill, drug-users in the park.
The saga of Mount Graham demonstrates that the University of Arizona's shortcuts, questionable tactics and attempts to get around the law are ultimately responsible for creating an impossible situation.
The authors opine that BLM grazing rules are rigged in favor of overgrazing and work against conscientious ranchers.
Astronomer Peter Strittmatter defends observatories as "benign places."
University of Arizona vice president for research and graduate studies Michael Cusanovich defends the university's Mount Graham project.
San Carlos Apache activist Ola Cassadore Davis talks about Mount Graham's sacredness and the coalition she founded to fight for it.
University of Arizona professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Conrad Istock believes an observatory may help save Mount Graham.
Biologist Peter Warshall is the University of Arizona faculty's most outspoken critic of the project.
University of Arizona Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology Mark Fishbein explains his objections to the Mount Graham project.
Former University of Arizona professor and one-time BLM head Frank Gregg believes the Mount Graham controversy shows a flaw at the heart of all universities when it comes to research and money.
Mount Graham has spawned such extremism that middle ground is almost impossible to find.
A time line illustrates the history of Mount Graham and its squirrels, Apaches, astronomers and environmentalists.
Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton is embarrassed by the disclosure of memos showing his close ties to industry in his attempts to weaken environmental laws.