High Country News August 07, 1995
World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.
HCN's upcoming 25th anniversary celebration in Lander, Wyo., visitors and other communicants, feedback.
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.
The Colorado Supreme Court denies Aspen Ski Co. water to expand its Snowmass resort.
President Clinton signs a compromise bill that calls for salvage logging on national forests.
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.
Four Northwest Indian tribes will be compensated with new fishing areas along the Columbia to replace tribal fishing ground flooded by a dam 50 years ago.
"Biotic Communities, Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico" is reviewed.
Audio cassettes of Western authors reading their books are reviewed.
"The Four-Cornered Falcon: Essays on the Interior West and the Natural Scene" by Reg Saner is reviewed.
"Roping the Wind: A Personal History of Cowboys and the Land" by Lyman Hafen is reviewed.
"Colony and Empire: The Capitalist Transformation of the American West" by William G. Robbins is reviewed.
Reviews of "Wolf Wars," "War Against the Wolf," and "The Company of Wolves."
A review of "Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker" by Thomas Kunkel.
Heard Around the West
Rodeo safety vests, buffalo in bar, intergalactic tourism, ladies' left-arm wrestling, Helen Chenoweth's staff problems, computer organizing for wilderness, killer bees.
The writer considers how hard it is to love the earth or anything else in the abstract, as opposed to the particular and familiar, and reminisces about getting to know a horse when he was a child.
Firefighter Risa Lange-Navarro talks about the difficulties women firefighters face.
Two books on firefighting - Michael Thoele's "Fire Line: The Summer Battles of the West" and Starr Jenkins' "Smokejumpers, "49, Brothers In the Sky" - are reviewed.