Items by Rebecca Clarren

Snowy plover predators become prey
On the coast of Oregon, federal agencies have decided to start poisoning and killing the predators that steal the eggs of endangered snowy plovers.
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Nuclear power plant may be built in Idaho; Bruce Babbitt to head international division of Cadiz Inc.; Bonneville Power Administration says salmon will get water this summer; Hanford Nuclear Reservation; CO Rep. Scott McInnis wants single "fire czar."
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Eric Schaeffer resigns from EPA in protest; BLM withdraws approval of Nevada kitty-litter mine; Colorado lynx may not be reproducing; judge says Klamath Tribe has oldest water rights; timber companies want protection of northern spotted owl reconsidered.
Bush administration wall hanging
Earthjustice's free 2002 calendar, "(Dis)Appointments: Bush Officials and the Administration's Environmental Record," offers discouraging words about, and unflattering photos of, the Bush administration's appointees.
Marijuana's boring sibling
Agricultural or industrial hemp lacks the psychoactive qualities of marijuana, but the DEA refuses to make a distinction.
Klamath Basin II: The saga continues
A controversial National Academy of Sciences report on Oregon's Klamath Basin states that federal biologists had no scientific basis to withhold water from farmers to protect endangered fish.
Seed in the ground
On South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, some Oglala Lakota are defying the federal government to grow industrial hemp, hoping that it can help to revitalize both the tribe's economy and its government.
No game plan for the public lands
Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.
Greens bail on 'bilers
Two environmentalists leave the collaborative group working on a winter-use plan for Wyoming's Snowy Range after the group refuses to address the impact of snowmobiles on ptarmigan habitat.
Rocky Mountain Front saved again - but...
An industry suit is rejected, upholding - at least for the moment - former Forest Service Supervisor Gloria Flora's ban on drilling in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.
Ruling ripples through salmon country
A judge's ruling has removed Oregon coastal coho from protection under the Endangered Species Act, and sent the National Marine Fisheries Service scrambling to rethink its hatchery policy.
Indians are cowboys
In "Riders of the West," author Peter Iverson and photographer Linda MacCannell follow the Indian rodeo circuit from Arizona, through the Rocky Mountain West and into Canada.
Terrorist attacks echo in the West
The terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., have affected life in the West in many ways, bringing armed guards to major dams and derailing the tourism industry, among other impacts.
Klamath water is finally for the birds
Spurred by a lawsuit over the needs of the threatened bald eagle, the Bureau of Reclamation agrees to give some water to six wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California.
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Utah's Olympics could be cancelled after terrorist acts; 16,000 acres near Scottsdale, AZ reclassified as open space; Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin Superfund suit partly resolved; Lewis & Clark bicentennial; retirement age for firefighters raised.
Congress may agree on fees
The Senate mulls over extending the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program until 2006.
Digging for liquid gold
Many Klamath Basin farmers are drilling wells to supplement their water supply, but more wells may only exacerbate the water shortage by depleting the aquifer.
Will farmers harvest a legal take?
Klamath Basin farmers see a precedent in irrigators in the Tulare Lake Basin, Calif., who sued the federal government, claiming it unfairly took $25 million worth of water when it shut down pumps to protect endangered fish.
2001: No refuge in the Klamath Basin
In the Klamath River Basin on the Oregon-California border, farmers, Indians, wildlife refuges and now three endangered fish are fighting over scant water in a dry year, and some say the Endangered Species Act only makes the situation worse.
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BPA rate increase but no extra water for salmon; Calif. coast off-limits to oil/gas exploration; Congress blocks oil/gas exploration in new monuments; Cascade-Siskiyou monument; Child Welfare League apologizes for removing Indian children in '50s-'60s.
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House passes Interior appropriations bill; Coeur d'Alene Indians own lower third of lake; Wind River Reservation tribes want electoral districts redrawn; Neal McCaleb can fix BIA trust fund problems; eco-arsonist Jeffrey Michael Luers sentenced in Oregon.
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Fran Mainella tapped to head NPS; Bruce Babbitt and Ahmanson Ranch, Calif.; firefighters needed for summer; Rosebud Sioux can't prevent hog farm; family buys 80 percent of Salt Lake Tribune to keep Deseret News from taking it over.
Takings legislation cracks Oregon's green foundation
Oregon's Measure 7, a recently passed ballot initiative requiring state and county to pay landowners when regulations affect property values, may threaten the famously green land-use codes, which have protected the state from sprawl.
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22,000+ communities at risk for wildfires; Sen. Wayne Allard for alternate energy sources; Craters of the Moon to become Nat'l Preserve; Nature Conservancy starts huge program in Idaho; Quinault Nation wants to undo Chinook Tribe's recognition.
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Neal McCaleb to head BIA; Bush won't challenge Yellowstone's ban on snowmobiles; Jet Skis may be banned from 21 national parks; Utah joins legal challenge to roadless plan; Telluride condemns land to save it from development.
Drought drains the West
A look at the weather throughout the West shows lower-than-usual snowpacks and a lot of drought, making life hard for farmers and fish, and leading to fears of another fierce wildfire season.
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Idaho can't kill sage grouse predators; Colo. coyote-killing study stopped; Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.) against drilling on public land near Jackson; Interior/Treasury must account for lost Indian monies; Sen. Slade Gorton may become federal judge.
Republicans launch counteroffensive
Environmentalists are reeling from the Bush administration's rollbacks of many of Clinton's laws and policies affecting water quality, mining, endangered salmon and national forests.
Farmworkers reap a minimum wage
A new law means that Idaho farmworkers will be entitled to receive a minimum wage for their labors.
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Griles nominated deputy Interior Sec'y; Mont. Gov. Judy Martz wants state to get 5,000 federal acres; pumice mining in San Francisco Peaks, AZ, ends; Sen. Craig Thomas' bill would repeal Yellowstone's snowmobile ban; N.M. keeps cockfighting legal.
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