High Country News August 19, 1996
Contemporary Montana artists create protest art as they try to depict the real Montana.
A writer watches muskrats in Utah's Logan Canyon as she tries to come to terms with her father's approaching death.
A hot summer spent inspecting the dry range in an Idaho valley brings a close encounter with a coyote.
The writer describes a summer as a "human mule" surveying the Arizona desert, where only the vultures move in the heat.
Even when the tomatoes freeze and the deer trespass, gardening serves its own high purpose.
Curiosity leads a writer to research the origins of Taco Time's "Navajo Taco."
A pack-burro outfitter humorously lambastes the trendy llama.
The writer and his brother try to cope with a plague of flies in the Wyoming outdoors.
At his Carbondale, Colo., "Cadillac ranch," Alan Morris recycles automotive junk.
Celebration of essayists; visitors; deaths of Seth Diamond and Paul Shepard; corrections.
The Crown Butte Mine Co. agrees to give up its mine project near Yellowstone in exchange for unspecified land elsewhere.
The Idaho Supreme Court rules that the State Land Board erred in granting a grazing lease to a Challis rancher who had been outbid by anti-grazing activist Jon Marvel.
Idaho approves a sandhill crane hunt to appease farmers who are losing crops to the birds.
The Clinton administration's attempt to increase flight-free zones in Grand Canyon upsets air-tour operators and conservationists who say the new rules aren't tough enough.
Studies by fish biologist Bob Bilby highlight the important role that dead salmon play in Northwestern river ecosystems.
Environmentalist Robin Silver of Phoenix makes a bid for the Republican slot for Arizona's 4th Congressional District.
National parks feeling the budget squeeze look for corporate financial help.
Yellowstone Park Superintendent Mike Finley's closure of campgrounds and museums because of budget problems leads to irate responses from Wyoming politicians.
The strange history of a controversial parks bill demonstrates that Washington politics often have little to do with actual legislation.
Idaho rafting companies challenge a Forest Service plan to keep boats off the upper Salmon River while salmon are spawning.
Two summer power blackouts in the West are caused by wayward trees.
Yellowstone Park begins an open season on the proliferating lake trout, in an attempt to aid threatened cutthroat trout.
Heard Around the West
Geology lessons in Grand Teton National Park, 13-year-old Buddhist lama in Wyoming, camouflage lingerie, California theme parks, Moab's sarcastic police blotter, abduction by aliens in Arizona, close encounters with bears and porcupines.