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High Country News July 24, 1995


Making a mountain into a starbase: The long, bitter battle over Mount Graham

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.

Uncommon Westerners

A progressive bureaucrat signs off

Ed Marston interviews HCN reader Daniel Beard, who resigns as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Sept. 1.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Snowplows in June, tracking down former interns, the Eco Challenge Utah "95, roaming readers.


Rural monster homes may not fly

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.

Militias busting rural budgets

County officials where militias are active begin to feel the cost in law enforcement and legal fees, as well as in fewer tourists.

Turkeys for timber

A 1992 federal report reveals a "cozy relationship" between Kaibab Forest Products Co. and Kaibab National Forest, involving stolen trees and "gift turkeys."

Utah wilderness goes coast-to-coast

Utah's environmental groups sound a nationwide alarm to stop a Utah wilderness bill they describe as "disastrous."

Falling arches

Tourists Jim and Dafang Lin witness a 44-foot slab fall from Utah's 306-ft. Landscape Arch.

Wolf revival spreads to Southwest

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a proposal to bring back the endangered Mexican wolf to southern New Mexico and southwest Arizona.

Four-ton bandage applied to trampled peak

Forest Service employee Loretta McEllhiney finds creative ways to restore heavily trampled and eroded hiking trails on Colorado's Mt. Elbert.

Endangered law backed in court, ripped in Congress

Even as the Endangered Species Act is upheld in Western courts, lawmakers in Congress work to destroy it.

Idaho woods again inspire "acts of conscience'

The third summer of the Cove/Mallard Coalition's protests against logging in central Idaho begins with arrests and lawsuits.

BLM stumped by squatter

Former militia member Ken Medenbach is barred from the 10 acres of federal land he "seized" and began to log last spring.

Back at the Diamond Bar...

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.

She fights for ferrets

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.

Book Reviews

Logan Canyon: Round 1,000

The Logan Canyon Coalition loses an appeal to the Forest Service to protect Logan Canyon from an enlarged highway.

Grazing thickens forests

The Oregon Natural Resources Council in a report blames grazing, the suppression and poor logging practices for the declining wealth of Western forests.

The Subdivision Massacre: Part II

Richard Knight releases a video titled "Saving the West: Protecting Open Space."

Polluter Pork

The Sustainable Energy Budget Coalition blasts congressional budget cuts in renewable energy and support for fossil fuel and nuclear programs.

Toughen the ESA, scientists say

Two scientific panels announce support for the Endangered Species Act.

Short takes

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

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 university aimed for the stars and hit Mount Graham

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.

Ranchers forced into numbers game

The authors opine that BLM grazing rules are rigged in favor of overgrazing and work against conscientious ranchers.

Related Stories

The astronomer

Astronomer Peter Strittmatter defends observatories as "benign places."

The administrator

University of Arizona vice president for research and graduate studies Michael Cusanovich defends the university's Mount Graham project.

The Apache activist

San Carlos Apache activist Ola Cassadore Davis talks about Mount Graham's sacredness and the coalition she founded to fight for it.

The diplomat ecologist

University of Arizona professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Conrad Istock believes an observatory may help save Mount Graham.

The biogladiator

Biologist Peter Warshall is the University of Arizona faculty's most outspoken critic of the project.

The petitioning ecologist

University of Arizona Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology Mark Fishbein explains his objections to the Mount Graham project.

The straight arrow

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.

Sound-bite slogans distort a complicated reality

Mount Graham has spawned such extremism that middle ground is almost impossible to find.

Mount Graham time line

A time line illustrates the history of Mount Graham and its squirrels, Apaches, astronomers and environmentalists.

Memo incontinence strikes again

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.

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