Items by Betsy Marston

Tales from the West
The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West offers essays by 26 writers.
Dams were built on breathless prose
A 1965 Bureau of Reclamation booklet declaimed the glories of building Glen Canyon Dam.
Dear Friends
Odds and ends; change of address advice
Enjoyment enough to kill
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures is a delightful anthology of Muir's writings.
Dear Friends
Chip Rawlins' burlesque opera "The Merchants of Menace," corrections, weather and visitors.
Dear friends
Death of reporter Jim Stiak; HCN board meeting report; Cascadia Times; Visitors.
The education of a scientist
A review of Edward Wilson's autobiography Naturalist.
Dear friends
Skipped issue, board meeting announcement, interns Ross Freeman and Anders Halverson.
Dear friends
Former interns, odds and ends, corrections
The valley around us is deep
The Forest Service asked William Stafford to write poems for the scenic turnouts along the river valley. Poems reprinted.
Dear friends
Another special issue, Chip Rawlins reading, visitors.
Dear friends
Hunting season, Bruce Selcraig is visiting journalist, fall visitors
For the full scolding
BuRec falls down on job of managing water, audit concludes.
Dear friends
Society of Environmental Journalists meets in Utah; visitors; growth issue a hit.
Dear friends
Energy award, marriages and visits, corrections, Charles Wilkinson
Dear friends
Arrival of Ray Ring and family, visitors, corrections.
Dear friends
Wake fire near Paonia, 14 firefighters killed near Glenwood Springs.
Dear friends
Good news for staff; Fan mail for Gretchen; Recycled paper; Flights over Grand Canyon; March for trees; Visitors.
Dear friends
Odds and ends, HCN survey, avalanches in northwest, intern Peter McBride.
Dear friends
Odds and ends, visitors, transitions, intern Carol Busch, barebones, high praise.
No change on the range
Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist In Alaska and the American West. Essays by Philip Fradkin reviewed.
Dear friends
Commuting over McClure Pass, ad rates going up, Diane Sylvain art show.
Dear friends
Miscelleneous, visitors, direct mail, Arizona bureau, Great Basin interns.
The new West is as restless as the old
People move West, move in and move on.
Farmers outgunned by the oil and gas industry
The Colorado Legislature guts a bill protecting farmers' interests against the oil and gas industry.
Environmental groups lose Burr Trail case
Four environmental groups suffered a defeat when U.S. District Judge Aldon Anderson ruled that Utah's rugged and beautiful Burr Trail may be widened and improved in Garfield County.
Hidden, but vulnerable
Congress considers a little-known bill -- the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act -- that would guard the thousands of caves underlying public lands from vandalism and other forms of destruction.
Edward Abbey is an optimist
"The world is older, bigger and more interesting than we are. Growth is the enemy. Every organism grows to optimum space, then stops." If it doesn't, he says, it's a freak, which means our overblown and overdone technological civilization is headed for a great explosion, followed by collapse. "That's why I'm an optimist."
Canyon flights attract a comment blitz
A Grand Canyon National Park superintendent spent much of this summer sifting advice from the public on how to reduce noise from airplanes and helicopters flying in the 1,900-square mile park.
Grizzly bears: Thriving or vanishing?
A spring conference called "The fate of the grizzly," sponsored primarily by the University of Colorado Environmental Center, brought together critics of the federal bureaucracy involved in Yellowstone National Park, plus a few of the bureaucrats themselves.
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