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A spinning door
Former BLM official Joe Hall is hired as consultant by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
Woodlot owners at risk
Landowners risk being taken advantage of by unscrupulous private loggers.
At last, a California desert bill
California Desert Protection Act nears approval.
It ain't Antioch
Lance Craighead studies grizzly mating habits in Alaska.
Western governors' annual meeting
Representing 18 Western states, governors will meet June 22-24 to discuss the theme, "Common Interests: Commanding Our Own Destiny."
Forest Guardians
The Forest Guardians' first annual conference, is to be held at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M., June 20-22.
Youth Conservation Workshop
The Colorado branch of the Society for Range Management is taking applications for four scholarships to its annual Youth Conservation Workshop, July 6-12.
The Colorado Trail Foundation
The Colorado Trail Foundation offers three classes during the summer, on wildflowers, on watercolor and ornithology, and on geology of the San Juans.
For urban dropouts
John Clayton's book, "Small Town Bound: Your guide to small-town living, from determining if life in the country lane is for you, to choosing the perfect place to set roots, to making your dream come true," is reviewed.
A negligent bureau?
Public Employees for Environmental Responsbility's report, "Comprehensive Study of the Public Domain Forestry Program of the Bureau of Land Management," excoriates the BLM.
Let's talk
A conference on environmental conflict resolution prompted a bill that would establish a U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution within the Udall Foundation.
Eco-ranching - really?
The Sierra Club's Santa Fe, N.M., chapter and the Quivira Coalition host a free workshop June 14 to show that a ranch can be both a successful livestock business and a landscape of healthy native grasses and riparian zones.
Yellowstone at 125
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition holds its 14th annual meeting at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., May 29-June 1, under the theme, "The National Park Idea: Where have we been? Where are we going?"
Free-range ferrets
Black-footed ferrets may soon be returned to Colorado's Moffat County and Utah's Uintah County.
A Republican wins it
Republican Bill Redmond beats out Democrat Eric Serna and Green Party candidate Carol Miller to represent northern New Mexcio as Bill Richardson leaves to be ambassador to the UN.
Watch for fish-friendly foods
The Pacific River Canal's new "Salmon-Safe" program labels agricultural products that don't harm salmon.
Mount Zirkel's acid trip
Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Craig and Hayden, Colo., is harming wildlife in the Mount Zirkel wilderness.
Pressure builds for Yucca Mountain
U.S. Senate wants to begin using Nevada's Yucca Mountain to temporarily store high-level nuclear waste.
Just don't do it
A logging company defies a request from the Oregon State Forestry Department that loggers voluntarily stop clear-cutting slide-prone slopes above highways and homes.
The wayward West
Ted Turner's "tainted" money; Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund changes name; Patrick Shea to head BLM; Kathy Karpan to head reclamation/enforcement; "mysterious" letter from Ag Dept. against "unlogging"; Max Vezzani quits CO State Land Board; and more.