August 7, 1995
World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.
An essay by Edward Abbey, praising the austere beauty of the Colorado Plateau, is illustrated by Thomas R. Miller's aerial photographs.
The writer ponders the kinds of communities new prisons create, and offers suggestions to ease the impacts.
Five swimmers follow the outward migration route of young salmon through the Snake and Salmon rivers to call attention to the endangered fish.
The BLM begins fighting back in a last-ditch effort to save grazing reform - and the agency itself - from legislation that would halt reform and turn over public lands to the state.
The debate over brucellosis continues as state veterinarians and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service want to inspect Yellowstone bison and kill any that are carrying the disease.
A sign in Utah's new Jordanelle State Park that explains the damage cattle can cause in riparian areas is taken down when ranchers object.
Rising fares at Denver International Airport are changing the patterns of air travel around the West, as some airlines pull out and passengers seek other airports.
A proposed private-federal land swap designed to preserve Wyoming's Spring Gulch Ranch raises controversy and charges of elitism.
A study reveals that profits of the 12 largest timber companies in the Northwest went up 43 percent after federal logging was cut back to protect the spotted owl.
Washington voters will get to vote in November on whether to scrap their state's Initiative 164, the most extreme takings law in the nation.
"The Four-Cornered Falcon: Essays on the Interior West and the Natural Scene" by Reg Saner is reviewed.
"Colony and Empire: The Capitalist Transformation of the American West" by William G. Robbins is reviewed.