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High Country News August 05, 1996


Disappearing railroad blues

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.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Consensus issue reprinted, odds and ends, summer visitors, looking for lost freelancers.


Fear of flying: Local resistance keeps condors behind bars

Endangered California condors will not be restored to northern Arizona on schedule, owing to opposition by local towns such as Kanab, Utah.

A cellular call of the wild

The installation of cellular transmitters in Yellowstone National Park means hikers can now use cellular phones on the trails.

BIA comes under fire - again

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.

Feds set "terrible precedent' with Kolob Canyon settlement

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.

Drought has Navajos discussing a taboo subject - range reform

The Southwest's drought has Navajos discussing overgrazing on the reservation and the need for range reform.

Prayers generate hope and bring showers

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.

Animas-La Plata hits a wall in the House

The House of Representatives votes to halt funding for Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project.

Marching to stop a Montana mine

A coalition of ranchers and Montana tribes leads a 600-mile march to protest a gold mine in Montana's Sweet Grass Hills.

'Takings': Lobbyists love it, the public doesn't

Despite opposition and apathy from the public, "takings" legislation continues to appear in Congress.

Logging starts - and stops again - in Southwest

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.

Book Reviews

We love our parks

The survey "American Views on National Park Issues" shows that parks are very important to citizens.

If you're looking for scarlet mormons

The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center opens near Denver, Colo.

Getting wired in the Northwest

ONE/Northwest seeks to put Northwest environmentalists on the Internet.

Partners for an unspoiled place

The Greater San Juan Partnership wants to protect the southern Rocky Mountains.

Will the real West please stand up?

An exhibit in Denver, Colo., called "The Real West" re-examines old myths but pulls some punches, too.

Heard Around the West

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.

Related Stories

A confirmed railroad addict

The condition of being a railroad buff is probably hereditary, says the writer, remembering the trains of his childhood.

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