Items by Paul Larmer

Colorado voters decide fate of 3 million acres
Colorado's Amendment 16 would allow state school trust lands to be managed for values other than money - and some fear that would mean harm to Colorado school budgets.
Indian gamblers target green lawmakers
In New Mexico, Native American gambling interests fight a battle against environmentalist candidates.
Colorado's status quo holds firm
Colorado's other congressional races are almost over, most analysts say.
Feds go after Summitville boss
Justice Department lawyers go after Canadian mining magnate Robert Friedland for the Summitville gold mine cleanup in Colorado.
Managing the monument: The devil is in the details
Utah's newest national monument will be managed by the BLM instead of the Park Service, and a lot of the details for that management remain to be worked out.
The mother of all land grabs
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R., in his own words, condemns the new monument.
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
President Bill Clinton uses the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah, and reactions range from joy to indignation and outrage.
Utahns roar over lion hunt
The Utah Wildlife Board greatly increases the number of mountain lions hunters are allowed to kill.
Yellowstone mine a goner
The Crown Butte Mine Co. agrees to give up its mine project near Yellowstone in exchange for unspecified land elsewhere.
Logging starts - and stops again - in Southwest
The Forest Service tries to lift an injunction against logging on 11 national forests in Arizona and New Mexico, but a federal judge orders the chainsaws silent again until the question of the Mexican spotted owl is addressed.
Trapping initiative may snare Colorado ranchers
Environmentalists, trappers and ranchers skirmish as a ballot initiative banning all trapping, snaring and poisoning of Colorado animals gathers signatures for the November election.
Lawmakers say Colorado prisons are king
The Colorado Legislature passes a bill allowing the state Corrections Department to ignore local zoning when it wants to build or expand prisons.
Planning regulations bite a planning proponent
Former U.S. Senator Dan Evans, who once supported Washington state's Growth Management Act, now seeks to change the law after finding it will prevent him from building a house where he wants.
Sierra Club zeroes in on logging
Sierra Club members approve a controversial new policy calling for no logging on public lands.
A progressive commissioner takes the heat
Montezuma County Commissioner and Colorado rancher Tom Colbert proves himself an independent and determined thinker.
A Colorado county tries a novel approach: work the system
County commissioners, forest rangers and other Montezuma County residents begin to come together to find a way to manage their public lands.
Feds to Idaho mines: Clean up
The federal government files suit against eight mining companies for polluting Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River basin with mining waste.
'Two weeks of hell' saves a stand of old-growth trees
Old growth in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest is saved when the Forest Service allows the timber company to exchange one timber sale for another.
Brand new name, same old story
A new group called Northwesterners for More Fish is made up of electric companies, timber companies and aluminum plants.
Is it fix or nix for the salvage rider?
Campaign politics and the prospect of summer protests are pushing President Clinton and Congress toward dismantling or changing the salvage logging rider.
Sportsmen sue to remove prison
Tom Huerkamp and Bob Morris plan to sue the State of Colorado for illegally building a prison in a state wildlife area.
Does the Forest Service love communities as much as it loves ski areas?
The cozy relationship between the Forest Service and the ski industry provokes outrage from environmentalists.
Eagle County balks at fourth mega-resort
Eagle, Colo., residents wage a 13-year war against developer Fred Kummer's plans to build a mega-ski resort called Adam's Rib.
Survival of a trickster
Todd Wilkinson's "Track of the Coyote" praises the predator's intelligence and adaptability.
They're stepping down
Western Republicans Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Alan Simpson of Wyoming announce their retirement from Congress.
BPA: Making amends for a destructive past
The Bonneville Power Administration was born in the Great Depression and now sells the power from 29 federal dams.
Changing times force agency to swim upstream
The Bonneville Power Administration faces environmental and utility critics as it struggles to survive.
Move to repeal logging rider gathers speed
The salvage logging rider faces possible repeal in Congress.
Hunger striker to head East
On Oct. 3, activist Tim Ream began a hunger strike to protest the "logging without laws" salvage rider.
Congress' war against nature creates backlash
The anti-environment onslaught of the Republican Congress begins to falter as a backlash makes its presence felt.
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