Items by Kirsten Bovee

Battling for the Bear River
Utah newspaper photographer Dan Miller helped organize the Bear River Watershed Council to "think globally and act locally" by protecting the watershed in northern Utah.
Lake Coeur d'Alene at stake
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the State of Idaho are fighting in the Supreme Court over Lake Coeur d'Alene, with the tribe claiming partial ownership of the lake under a 19th century treaty.
Will the Met wring the desert dry?
The Metropolitan Water District's plan to tap aquifers at Cadiz, Calif., for Los Angeles could harm the fragile groundwater system that sustains the desert, including the Mojave National Preserve.
Tribes scale salmon harvest
The Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes have agreed to a new system, under which their annual take of salmon will be based on a sliding scale that adjusts to wild salmon returns.
Benigna's Chimayo: Cuentos from the Old Plaza
In "Benigna's Chimayo: Cuentos from the Old Plaza," Don Usner recounts the rich stories his grandmother used to tell him, when he spent childhood summers with her in Chimayo, N.M.
Islands hung out to dry
Idaho irrigators are relieved that water rights have been denied for the 94 islands in the Snake River that make up the Deer Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
Monuments caught in the crosshairs
Under the new administration of George W. Bush, Republicans seek to open Clinton's new national monuments to oil and gas exploration and other uses and to revise the way monuments are created.
Not your average Paul Bunyan
"Voices from the Woods: Lives and Experiences of Non-timber Forest Workers," an oral history compiled by the Jefferson Center, documents the lives of Northwestern mushroom harvesters, tree planters, herb gatherers and others.
Watershed Wars
Geoffrey O'Gara's book, "What You See in Clear Water," explores past and present on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, and describes the continual conflict over control of the Wind River watershed.
Salmon feel the heat
The Army Corps of Engineers has been ordered to come up with a plan to lower salmon-endangering high temperatures and gas content in the Snake River.
Two laws collide in the Northwest woods
Stimson Lumber Company says the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act entitles it to build at least 21 miles of new road through endangered species habitat in the Selkirk Range of Idaho and Washington.
Colorado program axed
The Colorado Natural Areas Program, which has been cataloging rare animal and plant habitat and geological and fossil-rich formations, may end this summer when its state funding dries up.
'Zero-Cow' initiative splits Sierra Club
A proposed Sierra Club initiative to end all public-lands logging reveals the distance between urban environmentalists and their rural counterparts in places like northern New Mexico, where poor Hispanics rely on grazing small herds.
Assessing Sunbelt sprawl
A new report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, "Hits and Misses: Fast Growth in Metropolitan Phoenix," takes a hard look at the rapid growth of the sprawling Sunbelt metropolis.
Sex-swappin' salmon
Salmon researchers are puzzled by their discovery that 84 percent of female salmon sampled tested positive for a male genetic marker, suggesting that these females began life as males.
Owl things considered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 4.6 billion acres in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, but the Center for Biological Diversity says that is not enough and plans to sue.
Roadless plan slides to safety
At the very last minute, the Clinton administration releases its final version of the national forest roadless plan.
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