High Country News August 05, 1996
The merger of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads creates a monopoly that may leave some of Colorado and Utah's working towns without rail transport for their coal.
Consensus issue reprinted, odds and ends, summer visitors, looking for lost freelancers.
Endangered California condors will not be restored to northern Arizona on schedule, owing to opposition by local towns such as Kanab, Utah.
The installation of cellular transmitters in Yellowstone National Park means hikers can now use cellular phones on the trails.
In one of the largest class action suits ever filed against the federal government, 300,000 Native Americans are demanding a full statement of their individual Indian Money Accounts from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
An out-of-court settlement with public agencies will give more than $2 million to survivors of an outing in Utah's Kolob Canyon that killed two Explorer Scout leaders.
The Southwest's drought has Navajos discussing overgrazing on the reservation and the need for range reform.
The drought helps spur a religious resurgence for traditional Navajos, as shown by a ceremony on Colorado's Hesperus Peak, one of the Four Sacred Mountains in Navajo lore.
The House of Representatives votes to halt funding for Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project.
A coalition of ranchers and Montana tribes leads a 600-mile march to protest a gold mine in Montana's Sweet Grass Hills.
Despite opposition and apathy from the public, "takings" legislation continues to appear in Congress.
The Forest Service tries to lift an injunction against logging on 11 national forests in Arizona and New Mexico, but a federal judge orders the chainsaws silent again until the question of the Mexican spotted owl is addressed.
The survey "American Views on National Park Issues" shows that parks are very important to citizens.
The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center opens near Denver, Colo.
ONE/Northwest seeks to put Northwest environmentalists on the Internet.
The Greater San Juan Partnership wants to protect the southern Rocky Mountains.
An exhibit in Denver, Colo., called "The Real West" re-examines old myths but pulls some punches, too.
Heard Around the West
Overheard cafe conversations in North Dakota; "Amazing Grace" radio in South Dakota; sheep's "beautiful buttocks" gone; fish image problems; Arizona speeding excuses; Idaho UFOs.
The condition of being a railroad buff is probably hereditary, says the writer, remembering the trains of his childhood.