Items by Dustin Solberg

Ski the Butte?
A Klamath Falls company wants to build a ski resort on Pelican Butte in Oregon's Winema National Forest.
Oregon Caves park to grow
A new management plan would increase the size of Oregon Caves National Monument by seven times, from 480 acres to 3,400 acres.
To trap or not?
Animal-rights activists in California clash with wildlife managers, who fear that unless a law banning leghold traps is overturned, growing numbers of red fox will wipe out entire populations of ground-nesting birds.
The Wayward West
Three men arrested for killing wild horses in Nevada; Utah's planned Legacy Parkway butts heads with the EPA; Colorado's Catamount ski area resort is dead at last.
ATV revolt
A proposal to close 400 miles of forest roads and 200 miles of trails to motorized vehicles on Idaho's Targhee National Forest has raised the ire of all-terrain vehicle advocates.
The Wayward West
Two Summitville managers, but no higher-ups, are fired for Colorado gold mine disaster; an 8,000-acre wildlife corridor in Montana's Paradise Valley is protected; 33 Nevada wild horses found shot; New Mexico's Baca Ranch owners pull out of purchase deal.
Election day highlights from around the region
WY: Republicans win; MT: Developers pay; NV: Sen. Reid, D, re-elected; WA moves to left; ID: Republicans rule; NM: Heather Wilson wins; CO: Mark Udall only Democrat to win; OR: Gov. Kitzhaber re-elected; AZ: Republicans win; UT: Gay Democrat wins.
Split on trapping
California voters banned leghold traps, while Utah voted to prohibit citizens' initiatives that would restrict hunting or trapping unless they get a two-thirds vote of approval.
Keep on cutting
In Oregon, voters defeated a ban on clear-cutting forests, but agreed to allow the state to spend some lottery funds on parks and habitat protection.
Voters thread through the ballot
In Colorado, ballot initiatives regulating hog farms won, and water developer Gary Boyce's San Luis Valley initiatives lost.
Mining takes another hit
In Montana, Initiative 137 banning new cyanide heap-leach gold mines wins despite a last-minute campaign blitz by the mining industry.
Picturing Native American Culture
The book, "Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America," is a beautiful and thought-provoking collection of essays and photographs.
The 105th Congress didn't come completely clean
Although many of the worst anti-environmental riders were struck from the budget bill, the 105th Congress did not leave environmentalists with much to be happy about.
Even in the remote West, growth happens
Tiny, isolated Stehekin, Wash., a village surrounded by parks and wilderness and reachable only by ferry, has been discovered by a developer who wants to build vacation homes and condominiums.
Trading away the West
A series of newspaper articles from the Seattle Times scrutinizes recent land trades in the West.
On The Trail
Washington voters will decide between two women candidates for the Senate - incumbent Patty Murray, D, and Linda Smith, R; Green Party candidate Sam Hitt challenges incumbent Ray Powell, D, for New Mexico state lands commissioner.
A familiar name returns to Western politics
The Udall family still lives in politics, as Morris Udall's son, Mark, runs for Congress in Colorado and Stewart's son, Tom, runs for the House of Representatives in New Mexico.
An activist dies in the forest
Pacific Lumber and Earth First! argue over who is responsible for the death of activist David Chain, killed by a falling tree in a protest on California's Headwaters Forest.
The Wayward West
Gary Snyder's talk to OSU's Forestry School cancelled; Friends of Savage Rapids Dam say they can save salmon without destroying dam; in N.M. the BLM pulls cows from 40 miles of streambanks; Crested Butte, Colo.'s land-trade dispute; more Calif. condors.
Proposed mine threatens ecosystem
Activists fear a proposed nickel mine on Rough and Ready Creek in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest could harm a unique ecosystem.
Irrigators speak a volume
The Family Farm Alliance defends irrigation in its report, "Western Irrigation Economic Benefits Review."
Zero Circles
Daniel Dancer's photographs in the "Zero Circles Project" seek to inspire viewers to save the West's great forests from logging.
High desert pronghorn
A coalition wants to link the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Oregon with the Sheldon National Refuge in Nevada so the pronghorn antelope can roam.
On The Trail
Utah Republican Rep. Merrill Cook loses environmental support to his challenger, Lily Eskelson; in Idaho, League of Conservation Voters puts up money to defeat Rep. Helen Chenoweth; Ariz.'s "Growing Smarter" initiative apparently not what it seems to be.
The Wayward West
Utah may trade trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante; Mobil Corp. agrees to pay tribes royalties; Portola, Calif., gets $9 million from fish poisoning; salvage logging starts on damaged trees in Routt Nat'l Forest; lynx and wolverine return to Colo.
Back from the brink
The pallid sturgeon, a prehistoric fish, is teetering on the brink of extinction, with only 250 still living in the Upper Missouri River.
On The Trail: Election 1998
Democrat John Vinich will run against Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer; Utah hunters create an initiative, Proposition Five, to prevent future anti-hunting laws; in Oregon, Measure 64 would ban clear-cutting on both public and private land.
Tribes struggle for a free press
"From the Front Lines: Free Press Struggles in Native America," edited by Tom Arviso, chronicles Indians' struggles for a free press.
The Wayward West
USFS halts climbing-anchor ban; Idaho fights return of part of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe; publisher Gibbs Smith quits SUWA board; Yosemite Nat'l Park plans new bus system; golf course planned in Inyo Nat'l Forest (CA) faces lawsuit.
Writing on native ground in New Mexico
A youthful staff of Zuni Indians has begun a newspaper, The Shiwi Messenger, to bring accurate homegrown news to New Mexico's Zuni Pueblo.
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