Items by Tony Davis

BLM chief Jim Baca leaves amidst cheers and boos
After nine months as BLM chief, Jim Baca is forced to resign amid controversy.
Babbitt has a bad day in New Mexico
Bruce Babbitt tries to preach consensus to ranchers and environmentalists at star-crossed meeting.
Tiny reporter at a small paper writes a big story
Eileen Welsome uncovers records of plutonium experiments on humans
Petroglyphs have drawn fire for decades
Urban crime has risen at the Petroglyph National Monument as Albuquerque draws nearer.
Sunbelt confrontation
Controversy mounts over the construction of a road through Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque.
Can some good come out of the CAP?
The writer reflects on the costs and benefits of the Central Arizona Project.
Bruce Babbitt on Western land use: 1993 is the 'year ofdecision'
Babbitt participates in a number of grazing meetings held around the West.
New Mexico begins to regulate a huge mine
Molycorp in Mew Mexico comes under fire from Concerned Citizens Del Norte for polluting the Red River.
Babbitt wins Interior, by a hair
Babbitt wins as Secretary of the Interior by a narrow margin.
WIPP takes one giant step forward
A bitter, five-year congressional fight over the world's first engineered nuclear waste dump has been settled in time-honored fashion: in the back room.
Pressure builds to change remote park
Chaco Canyon is a battleground, with tourists, environmentalists, business interests and Navajos jousting over whether to build a paved road to a park now served only by dirt roads.
Arizona's water disaster
The $4 billion Central Arizona Project provides water, but few can afford to buy it.
Apaches split over nuclear waste
The marriage of progress and preservation on the 460,000-acre Mescalero reservation is threatening to crack. Tribal leaders were first in the nation to agree to study temporary storage of high-level radioactive waste from power plants.
Uranium has decimated Navajo miners
In a Navajo community of 1,000 just west of the New Mexico state line, many families are trying to cope with the loss of loved ones and the sight of numerous others slowly dying from lung cancer.
Subterranean toxics threaten city
Southwestern cities are famous for drawing down their aquifers. But Albuquerque, New Mexico, may exhaust its aquifer while still leaving it in the ground.
WIPP is dazed, but not dead
The fight over the federal Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is in a stalemate.
Manuel Lujan: Lighter touch coming to Interior
Many agree that Lujan won't have the aggressive hostility to conservation interests of a James Watt. Beyond that, few can say.
WIPP misses its fall debut
The U.S. Department of Energy and its private contractors aren't ready to open the first nuclear waste dump in the world. Today, nearly 10 years old, almost fully constructed and containing $700 million in hardware, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project lies in a state of limbo.
South Dakota: Two mining initiatives fail
The mining industry trumped a citizens' action group on initiatives that would have forced tougher reclamation and water protection standards and raised state taxes on gold mined by heap leaching or in open pits.
Arizona farmers get a reprieve as CAP water makes its debut
In an area stressed by groundwater depletion, farmers and politicians watch as the first trickle of Central Arizona Project water flows.
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