Items by Greg Hanscom

The Wayward West
Alaska Rep. Don Young, R, won't get his list of environmentally inclined Forest Service staffers; giant omnibus public-lands bill is defeated; Montana fines Canyon Resources Corp. for polluting streams; Hanford "downwinders" lawsuit is dismissed.
Proposed land trade riles Crested Butte
Environmentalists say that a land exchange that would give 500 acres of Forest Service land to Crested Butte Mountain Resort in exchange for inholdings and other land is skewed in favor of the ski resort.
The Wayward West
Peregrine falcon goes off Endangered Species list; other listed species now extinct; Audubon Society appeals judge's decision to remove wolves in Idaho; Calif. pays $9 million for poisoning Lake Davis; Kelsey Begaye runs for Navajo Nation's president.
Southwest cows have friends in high places
Alaska Republican Don Young puts pressure on Southwest Regional Forester Eleanor Towns to reveal which of her staffers may have ties to environmental groups.
A banker battles to hold the government accountable
Browning, Mont., banker Elouise Cobell uncovers a huge financial mess involving billions of dollars of tribal money somehow misplaced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Tribes reclaim stolen lands
Using legal and financial savvy and the latest computer technology, Indian tribes across the West are taking control of tribal lands that have been in the hands of the federal government and, often, non-Indian farmers for the last century.
The Wayward West
SUWA's new slogan: "Protect Wild Utah"; Ray and Ron Pene may not mine Westwater Canyon; Wayne Hage sues federal gov't.; Louisiana-Pacific's Dana Dulohery gets five months' jail; Wyo.'s South Pass listed by World Monument Fund as endangered.
Feds propose weak organic food rules
Colorado organic rancher Mel Coleman rallies opposition to proposed new federal standards on "organic" label that would allow antibiotics and chemicals in so-called organic beef.
Some tourists opt for a dose of reality
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.
River heritage plan sent downstream
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, intended to help rivers such as Colorado's North Fork of the Gunnison, meets surprising opposition from Western conservatives.
Can a ski town survive its moment of glory?
Once a funky former mining town, Park City is now a booming ski resort and bedroom community, and some locals worry that the Olympics will only make things worse.
The games should belong to the people
In his own words, John Cushing, mayor of Bountiful, discusses his dissatisfaction with the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee and his doubts about the Olympics.
Colorado refused to play
In 1972, Colorado became the first city ever to win the right to host the Olympics only to change its mind and slam the door on them.
Does Utah know what's coming?
Salt Lake City has succeeded in its long, controversial bid to host the Winter Olympics - but now that the Games are only four years away, many Utahns are having second thoughts about them - and the city's already rampant growth.
The Wayward West
Parks may restrict jet skis; Yellowstone will keep Hayden Valley trail open to snowmobiles; Delyla Wilson sentenced for bison-guts protest; USFS to do land swap with Weyerhaeuser in Wash.'s Cascades; John Mumma to retire from Colo. Division of Wildlife.
A road to nowhere?
The controversial "road improvement" of the two-lane road through Utah's Provo Canyon faces accusations that a new road could damage the Provo River - even as four major landslides are caused by road crews.
Haggling over the Grand Staircase-Escalante
Conoco gives up on oil well in Utah's Grand Staircase, but the state School Trust Lands board is insisting that its land - checkerboarded through the monument - must be managed to earn money for the schools, and that may involve oil and gas drilling.
Salvage law haunts Utah
Environmentalists appeal a huge salvage timber sale in Utah's Manti-La Sal National Forest, and hope that an agency ruling in their favor proves the salvage logging rider is dead at last.
Greens differ over plan to expand national park
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance surprises some by its opposition to the expansion of Utah's Arches National Park.
Reclaiming a lost canyon
Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.
Tooele sputters through first year
The first year of chemical weapons incineration at Tooele, Utah, has been full of stops and starts, but the Army claims good progress has been made.
Mountain bikers in Moab pay to ride
The Moab area BLM started charging recreationists user fees several years ago, when mountain biking in Utah began to grow out of control.
No cheap thrills in the Grand Canyon
River runners in Arizona's Grand Canyon feel unfairly singled out by increasing fees to float the Colorado River.
Trees refuse to croak
Forest Service officials admit that 10,000 acres of supposedly "dead" trees offered for salvage logging on Idaho's Payette National Forest weren't dead after all.
The drilling proceeds
The BLM gives Conoco Inc. permission to drill for oil in southern Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
'Greens' bulldoze a conservation effort
Three self-described environmentalists anger residents of Springdale, Utah, when they decide to develop the nearby Rockville Bench area rather than preserve it.
Politics tangles with science
In their own words, ecologist Charles Kay denounces Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation," while ecologist Mark Boyce defends it.
One scientist's forbidden fruit
Scientist Richard Keigley studies Yellowstone's trees to back up his contention that the park's elk herds are out of control and need regulation.
Is nature running too wild in Yellowstone?
Maverick ecologist Richard Keigley believes Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation" is not working and, in fact, is harming the park - especially with the park's elk herds, which he says are overgrazing their ranges.
Injunction shakes forests
A federal court upholds a six-week ban on 20 timber sales and bars grazing from 11 Southwestern forests while judges consider charges that the Forest Service has not protected endangered species, including the southwestern willow flycatcher.
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