Items by Robyn Morrison

Dear Friends
Lynne Bama wins John M. Collier award for HCN story; fall visitors; remembering Sidney Yates and Bruce Vento; Clevenger Kehmeier writes HCN about "growing up handy."
New Mexico's secret sport
A reporter ventures into the tightly knit, secretive world of cockfighting in New Mexico, one of the few places where it is still legal to put specially bred roosters into a pit and watch them fight each other to the death.
Logging doesn't cut it
The video "Ancient Forests: The Power of Place" is designed to educate people to the harm done by logging in the Northwest's old-growth forests.
Montana's anti-Indian movement multiplies
A report from the Montana Human Rights Network says anti-Indian groups are on the rise in Montana.
Will bears get a break?
As ATV and snowmobile use increases in the backcountry, Montana wildlife advocates are worried that the machines and the roads they make will harm grizzly bears.
Former uranium town wants its waste back
Residents of Nucla and Naturita in Western Colorado want to take uranium waste from near Denver and bury it in the former uranium company town of Uravan, but other Western Slope communities are fiercely opposed to the idea.
Baca Ranch buy-out has strings attached
The deals made to get support from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, for buying the Valles Caldera or Baca Ranch in northern New Mexico have some conservationists troubled that too much will be lost in the process.
Pump failure pummels salmon
Nearly 1.4 million baby chinook die after a pump fails at the Cole M. Rivers Hatchery on Oregon's Rogue River.
Grass roots keeps town tiny
Tiny Stehekin, Wash., thwarts a developer's plans to build condominiums and "boom" the town.
Gentlemen, stop your engines!
The Park Service has begun to restrict motorized recreation in many national parks, banning tourist flights, personal watercraft and snowmobiles in some areas and working to reduce auto congestion.
Preserving the westward way
The National Park Service wants to preserve the wagon ruts, campsites, graves and scenery along 13,000 miles of historic trails in the West.
Tax-averse Wyoming hurts itself
The Equality State Policy Center, a nonprofit public-policy group, says taxes are an overlooked source of revenue and offers suggestions in its report, "Putting Together the Pieces... Wyoming's Budget Crisis."
Whirling disease keeps spreading
Whirling disease has been found among trout in three state fish hatcheries in New Mexico.
Agency torpedoes canyon planning
The Park Service has ended consensus efforts among private boaters, environmentalists and commercial rafting companies over access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, saying the talks had become polarized and contentious.
The Wayward West
Judge upholds drilling ban on Rocky Mtn. Front; Rep. Tom Udall is for breaching Snake River dams; GAO says Baca Ranch, N.M., is overpriced; Louisiana-Pacific fined for toxic dumping; Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca supports Mexican wolves in Gila Wilderness.
Forest chief steers agency down a rocky road
Tension is high in the Forest Service over Chief Mike Dombeck's plan to decommission unnecessary and unauthorized roads in the national forests.
Neighborly mining negotiations sour
In Montana, a consensus effort between environmental groups and the Stillwater Mining Co. have stalled over the mine's insistence that environmental data be kept secret and lawsuits not allowed.
Dog doesn't get its day
The Fish and Wildlife Service agrees that the black-tailed prairie dog needs protection but decides not to list it as endangered yet.
Fed-bashing investigated
The Forest Service investigates Gloria Flora's charges of "anti-federal fervor" and employee harassment in Nevada.
The Wayward West
U.S. admits exposing nuclear workers to radiation; Gloria Flora speaks in Kalispell, Mont.; Yellowstone Wolf No. 9 "retires" from pack; Air Force sued over low-level training flights; rancher's road permit in limbo in Arrastra Wilderness, Arizona.
Cooling the waters
The EPA orders the Potlatch Corp. pulp mill in Lewiston, Idaho, to cool its wastewater and reduce its pollution of the Snake River.
Off-road riders told to stay on the road
Throughout the West, off-road vehicles of all sorts are facing new regulations about where they can and can't go on public lands.
Judge rules on Indian money mess
Federal Judge Royce Lamberth says he'll personally oversee the Interior Department's attempt to untangle the billions of dollars owed to Indians but mismanaged and misplaced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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