Items by Don Snow

New coalition fights pipeline
In Montana, a construction workers' union has joined the state's leading environmental group in a lawsuit against a power company and state agencies that granted permits for a 200-mile-long natural gas pipeline.
An empty ditch becomes a river
For three years, Dave Odell has dedicated himself to the resurrection of Montana's irrigation-stressed Bitterroot River.
Hanford and INEL: Building bombs in the Rockies
What this administration needs now -- according to its spokesman -- is a good $4 billion tritium producer to help produce enough strategic fuel for the neutron bomb, the cruise missile, the MX and the other additions to the nuclear arsenal.
Groups win Montana power line appeal
Responding to an administrative appeal from three Montana conservation groups, the Forest Service has agreed to block construction of the Bonneville Power Administration's Colstrip transmission line across western Montana.
Stillwater's platinum runs deep
Yellowstone area residents, mining proponents and others are still quarreling over how much protection to give to Yellowstone National Park's boundary lands, such as Montana's Beartooth Range, home to a rich platinum deposit.
Idealists need not apply
Montana environmentalists waited to see how Governor Schwinden's administration might deal with the state's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. They have now waited and seen, and their patience is growing thin.
The changing face of the opposition
Inflammatory Interior Secretary James Watt is merely the prominent tip of a large iceberg -- a mass of individuals and organizations who believe what Watt believes, and worse.
A study in cooperation
The five-year Flathead Basin Environmental Impact Study has brought together biologists, geologists and social scientists to predict potential impacts of growth on a northwest Montana valley.
Kemmis' call for leadership
A speech by Dan Kemmis, who has risen quickly to leadership of the state's House after serving as House Minority Leader in 1981, and was the author of Montana's 1979 coal slurry ban.
Montana Legislature '83: Mixed reviews
Development finance, coal slurry, hardrock mineral taxation, and the regulation of pesticides consumed the energies of the conservation lobby during the 1983 Montana legislature.
The populist tradition continues
Defense of a coal-slurry ban by environmentalists and railroad workers is one example of Montana's populism, which responds to the needs and desires of the citizens as opposed to the desires of big business.
Declining demand and increasing rates
As a result of slower than expected demand, due in part to conservation efforts, dozens of proposed power facilities have been cancelled or delayed.
Hard times in hard rock
ARCO has closed not only its infamous Washoe Smelter at Anaconda, but also the copper refinery at Great Falls, the mile-wide Berkeley Pit and the entire underground mining operation underlying Butte, Montana. (Plus articles on copper depression in Arizona and Utah.)
It's a woman's world
Along with a gradual shift to appropriate technologies there must be a broad commitment to task-sharing and equity in employment so that women do not get shuffled once again to the bottom of the social deck.
Rolling with the punches at NCAT
Established by Congress in 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, based in Butte, Mont., is surviving despite a slashed budget.
The dam-nation of Kootenai Falls
The Western Montana Generation and Transmission Association wants to build a dam at the last major water fall in the Northern Rockies, on northwestern Montana's Kootenai River.
Glut and gluttony in the energy market
Most energy experts now agree that the United States will never again supply a majority of its petroleum needs through production of conventional reserves.
Uranium tomorrow
Many domestic uranium producers fear that even if the market revived, a flood of foreign uranium could smother the future of the domestic industry.
What to eat ... what, indeed
Conservation is simply a grateful recognition of connections, the self in two-way contact with a world of elements and lives.
Today the rain blows in like a California tourist ...
Don Snow recounts a day fishing in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains.
Squeezing the daylights out of Zion
The author reflects on childhood visits to Utah, the history of the Mormons and the National Miners Union, and the state's perhaps bleak future.
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