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High Country News January 22, 1996


At Hanford, the real estate is hot

Conservationists, politicians, Indians and farmers fight over the polluted but beautiful land of Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Response to hunting issues, corrections, area code, visitors, deaths of Mike Synar and Jim Bradley.


Can a salvage sale save the trees?

The Northwest Ecosystem Alliance is the highest bidder for Washington's Thunder Mountain salvage sale, but once the group refuses to log the trees, the Forest Service may not go through with the sale.

Welcome back (with a bang)

FBI has no suspects in bombing of Espanola, N.M., Forest Service office Jan. 8.

Who felt the federal furlough?

During the 21-day federal furlough, some wealthy areas and industries such as skiing and logging keep going, while the West's poorest counties and its Indian reservations scramble to survive.

Yellowstone's closure sparks local fury

Disgruntled residents of Yellowstone's gateway communities blame Babbitt and the "War on the West" for the federal budget crisis that shut down the national park they make their living from.

Big shoes empty in Oregon

Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Republican Gordon Smith battle acrimoniously for Bob Packwood's vacant senate seat.

Clogged channel sends a river over its bank in Washington

Winter rains flood Washington's Skokomish River valley and environmentalists say the problem is exacerbated by logging, urban sprawl, dams and other human impacts.

Logged hillsides collapse into Idaho's creeks

Heavy rains, roads and clearcuts cause more than 100 slides and washouts in Idaho's Clearwater National Forest.

Book Reviews

Fish for your wall

Trout Unlimited produces a poster illustrating both good and bad news about endangered fish in North America.

Let's keep talking

Mark Trahant's booklet, "Pictures of Our Nobler Selves," gives history of Native American journalism.

One forest, two studies

Forest Service and Southwest Center for Biological Diversity produce dueling studies on Southwest forest health.

States and tribes

A report from the National Conference of State Legislators, "States and Tribes: Building New Traditions," says state and tribal governments need to cooperate.

The Northwest's new economy

Economist Tom Powers' report, "Economic Well-being and Environmental Protection in the Pacific Northwest," says the region is thriving despite dire predictions.

Survival of a trickster

Todd Wilkinson's "Track of the Coyote" praises the predator's intelligence and adaptability.

Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: The Future of the West

Workshop, "Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: The Future of the West," will be held Jan. 31.


Annual Headwaters conference set for Feb. 1-4.

Whirling Disease - Where Do We Go From Here?

"Whirling Disease - Where Do We Go From Here?" is set for Feb. 6-8.

Public Rangelands Grazing Workshop

Public Rangelands Grazing workshop is set for Feb. 3-4.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Nevada pigeon poop, an empty Arches National Park, impersonating game wardens, Ben Campbell upset by female impersonator, militia forms PAC, Helen Chenoweth on grizzly bear recovery, hunting escaped cows, DIA's traffic control woes.

Related Stories

Amid the lovely the lethal remains

During its 40 years of weapons-building, Hanford knowingly exposed workers and area residents to dangerous levels of radiation, and the health impacts continue to be felt today.

Hanford's prime cuts

Four pieces of Hanford real estate are the focus of prospective landlords who want control.

For further reading

A short list of books for further reading about Hanford's history and its toxic legacy.

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