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High Country News December 23, 1996

Feature

El Nuevo West

Spanish-speaking, often underestimated immigrant workers keep the West's ski resorts running in the face of INS raids, discrimination and other trials.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Winter comes to Paonia; cartoonist Elmer Sprung wins fight with Montana forest officials; intern Sarah Dry; odds and ends; corrections and emendations.

Uncommon Westerners

Keeping the heart in the center of town

Residents of Red Lodge, Mont., fight to keep their post office downtown.

An 84-year-old postal veteran

As in Red Lodge, Mont., residents of Livingston also fight to keep their post office downtown, calling it the "lynchpin" of the area.

News

Rain and clearcuts make fatal brew

Heavy rain on clearcut hillsides in western Oregon is blamed for floods and landslides that kill eight people.

Cow coup: Wyoming governor usurps federal grazing group

Wyoming Go. James Geringer takes over the state's Resource Advisory Council after he disagreed with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt over the appointment of a member too closely tied to the livestock industry.

Glen Canyon team dismantled

River ecologist Dave Wegner, who oversaw the research that led to the "manmade" flood in Grand Canyon, quits after the Interior Department shuts down his Glen Canyon Environmental Studies offices.

Parks want "drug-free' river guides

River guides and outfitters protest new drug-testing requirements begun in Grand Canyon National Park and soon to come to Utah's Canyonlands and Dinosaur National Monument.

Judge kicks out cows

In New Mexico, U.S. District Judge Howard Bratton orders that all 863 cows belonging to ranchers Kit and Sherry Laney must be removed from national forest land.

Wildlife plan teams with controversy

"Teaming with Wildlife," a proposal to raise money for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation by adding a small change to the cost of bird-seed, kayaks, hiking boots, etc., faces opposition from both the left and right.

Profound noise reigns

Musician Paul Winter decries the growth in aircraft noise in the Grand Canyon since he first recorded music in the park 30 years ago.

Essays

The shotgun wedding of tourism and public lands

The first Western Summit on Tourism and Public Lands shows the Clinton administration seeking a political and economic alliance with the West's growing tourist industry.

Denying the warts on the West's service economy

Reviewing Thomas Michael Power's "Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies," HCN's publisher disputes the author's conclusion that the West's new service economy will create the best of all possible worlds.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Militia matchmaking; unexpected risks of deer hunting; the dangerous mushroom-picking business in Oregon; Arizona's Biosphere revisited; what to do when a grizzly attacks, revised.

Related Stories

'The way they treated me, I don't like it at all'

Legal immigrant Agustin Perez plans to sue federal immigration officials because of the way he was treated during the Aug. 8 raid in Jackson, Wyo.

'They're good workers. And they're all we've got'

Kay Humann, the office manager of High Country Linen in Jackson, Wyo., says that the only people who will do the work are the Spanish-speaking people.

'I don't want to live in a community of rich white people. It's boring'

Shelley Weiss of Oakley, Utah, in her own words talks about her group, Conexion Amigo's work helping local Mexican workers

'I have a 1996 Dodge Caravan ... I'm a family guy'

Newly naturalized citizen Jesus Angulo in his own words describes his successful journey from Sinaloa, Mexico, to Denver, Colo.

Amen!

The tiny Christian Church of Bethlehem in Emma, Colo., serves the spiritual - and other - needs of Mexican and Central American immigrants who work in nearby Aspen.

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