June 24, 1996
Catron County, N.M., the home of the county independence movement, is a study of contrasts - its people heavily dependent on the federal government and its land and rivers dying.
Conservationist Jon Marvel bid against rancher Mike Ward over a 10-year lease, raising the fee to $12,050, then folded and declared victory.
A federal judge rules that Devils Tower National Monument cannot prohibit commercial climbing in June to accommodate Native American religious practices at the tower.
Colorado Gov. Roy Romer drafts a ballot initiative to force the state land board to consider long-term stewardship and protection of state-owned lands.
Forest Service Range Conservationist Chuck Oliver is physically assaulted when he tries to attend a meeting in Eagle, Ariz., between public-lands ranchers and wise-use attorney Karen Budd-Falen.
The ski industry seeks to slip a bill through Congress that would preserve the current low Forest Service fees resorts pay and let them renew 40-year leases without environmental review.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's plan to build the $4 million Grandy Creek steelhead hatchery faces stiff opposition from fishing groups, scientists and conservationists.
A survey in Montana shows that predators account for just 2.2 percent of all cattle losses in the state in 1995.
The polluting, coal-fired Hayden Power Plant in northeastern Colorado agrees to reform, to activists' delight.
Defenders of Wildlife, which compensates ranchers for livestock killed by wolves, says it cannot compensate for pets killed by wolves.
The Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission issues an ambitious proposed air-quality cleanup blueprint for the Colorado Plateau.
Daniel Botkin's book, "Our Natural History: the Lessons of Lewis and Clark," describes the Western wilderness the explorers saw in 1804-1806 and compares it to the West of today.
Summo USA Corp. plans to mine 34 million pounds of copper each year for 10 years in the Lisbon Valley southeast of Moab, Utah.
Transportation Secretary Federico Peûa proposes a ban on commercial scenic overflights in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife's guide, "Developing With Wildlife in Mind," hopes to educate people about the possible conflicts with wildlife in suburbia.
A report, "Unindicted Co-Conspirator," says that since the Forest Service disbanded its special timber-theft task force last year, investigations of large-scale timber stealing have ground to a halt.
Catron County Attorney Jim Catron, in his own words, on the "rural Western resistance to the federal empire."
An anonymous Catron County businessperson, in his words, on the tensions between factions in the county.
Forest Service District Ranger Mike Gardner, in his own words, on dealing with the tensions in Catron County.
Psychologist Melinda Garcia, in her own words, on working with people in Catron County's "war zone."
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