Magazine
Pollution in paradise

November 25, 1996

Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley and Lake Coeur d'Alene build a new resort economy on a toxic stew of mining waste.

Feature

Pollution in paradise
Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley and Lake Coeur d'Alene build a new resort economy on a toxic stew of mining waste.
The Republicans now own the West
A state-by-state review of the national elections reveals a West given over to Republicans.

Essays

If politics is a baseball game, I don't even own a bat
Post election musings by a Western Democrat consider why Republicans won so easily and what new strategies environmentalists need to learn.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Election aftermath; what's wrong with this picture; corrections and emendations.

News

The "tough love' trial is over
The Utah trial of eight North Star employees in the death of Arizona teenager Aaron Bacon on a "tough-love" wilderness program ends with only the field instructor, Craig Fisher, guilty as charged.
Ted Turner makes a deal
Media mogul Ted Turner trades school trust lands for privacy in Montana.
Clean air for a price
Washington's Centralia Coal Plant want $80 million in tax breaks to stop polluting the air over Mount Rainier.
Cows, ballot measure gunned down in Oregon
Small-town doctor and environmentalist Patrick Shipsey shoots 11 cows in John Day, Ore., and accidentally kills a ballot measure that would have removed cattle from polluted streams.
Idaho jury hits 12 Cove-Mallard protesters hard
An Idaho county jury assesses $1.15 million in damages against 12 Earth First! Cove-Mallard protesters.
New Mexico environmentalists lease state lands
In New Mexico, Forest Guardians and the Southwest Environmental Center succeed in winning a bid for a tract of state land on the Rio Puerco River.
Some big birds come back
Six young condors now in a holding pen in Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs will be the first condors to live on the Colorado Plateau since 1924.
Reservoir unleashes more than water
More than 4,000 fish are killed by sediment when an irrigation company drains its reservoir on Colorado's Poudre River.
The West is just another ethnic voting bloc
Westerners vote like everybody else, with just a slight Western twang.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
"Samowen" campground; Samish Tribe is not dead yet; urine-testing for river guides' cellular phone "rescue in Yosemite"; bears in cars; state-sponsored hairdos in Montana.

Sidebar

Piling a new economy on the old
Idaho developers build resorts on the remains of a busted mining and timber economy.
River cleanup is slow, expensive and maybe hopeless
Marti Calabretta directs the cleanup of Canyon Creek, one of the most polluted tributaries of the Coeur d'Alene River.
Sacred lands shouldn't smell
In his own words, Coeur d'Alene tribal councilman Henry SiJohn decries the pollution of a sacred place.
A tribe that takes the high road
The small but feisty Coeur d'Alene tribe has always tackled tough issues.
Logging, floods push metals downstream
Heavy-metal mining pollution in Idaho worries people downstream in Spokane, Wash.
Don't expect problem solving in 1997-1998
The next Congress will probably not solve any Western environmental problems.
The way columnist Ellen Miller saw one '96 race in Colorado
Republican Wayne Allard beat Democrat Tom Strickland in Colorado because Westerners didn't like Clinton's "land grab" in Utah, columnist says.