Items by Laura Paskus

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Arizona Snowball ski area can make snow from treated wastewater; California battles Forest Service over logging sequoia; Bush nominates Steve Johnson to head EPA; Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., goes after southwestern willow flycatcher’s habitat
Peace breaks out on the Rio Grande
A groundbreaking settlement between New Mexico environmentalists and the city of Albuquerque may keep water in the Middle Rio Grande and help both farmers and endangered silvery minnows
Forty-four years of poetry from the Land of Enchantment
In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960 gathers a tremendous variety of poems that run the gamut of history and culture
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Union of Concerned Scientists talks to concerned Fish and Wildlife Service employees; Mexican wolf reintroduction upheld in Southwest; 2002 Klamath fish kill means fewer salmon to catch and eat in future
Whose rules rule on Otero Mesa?
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is fighting to keep the oil and gas industry away from Otero Mesa, but the federal government is equally determined to let the drilling begin
Dear friends
Chuck Worley remembers Project Rulison; Christo’s "Valley Curtain" and a nuclear protest; corrections
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Court orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department to comply with Endangered Species Act; Office of Inspector General finds EPA’s new mercury emissions standard to be "compromised"; J. Steven Griles leaves Interior Department for lobbyist job
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Anti-nuclear groups seek contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory; California ORVs to stay off desert tortoise habitat; factory-farm polluters immune to lawsuits; new Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. joins property-rights law firm in fight against mon
Bush's second-term shake-ups
Some of the less-publicized political appointments of George W. Bush’s second term will have huge effects on the West. Meet the people who will direct the EPA and the departments of Energy, Agriculture and the Interior.
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Greater sage grouse will not be listed under Endangered Species Act; cleanup of Nevada’s Yerington Mine is turned over to the EPA; wilderness supporters plan to reintroduce bills in new Congress
Nevada BLM cleans out cleanup project manager
Earle Dixon says the Bureau of Land Management fired him because he tried to enforce environmental and public safety laws in the course of the Yerington Mine cleanup in Nevada
Conscientious Objectors
Under increasing political pressure from the Bush administration and its appointees, agency scientists find it difficult to keep both their jobs and their integrity
Despair not one more day
Paul Rogat Loeb’s inspirational anthology The Impossible Will Take a Little While, lives up to its subtitle; it’s truly "a citizen’s guide to hope in a time of fear"
Racetrack
California’s Proposition 64 could limit environmentalists’ power to sue; Washington’s Initiative Measure 892 would expand gambling; new voters registering, including Nevada felons
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Fish and shellfish must be labeled – with a few exceptions; 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to be divided into three; Xcel Energy commits its customers to coal
Election-year environmentalism
The Bush administration halts three gas wells on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, and tosses a few more election-year bones to environmentalists and hunters
Dear friends
Terry Tempest Williams on the First Amendment; HCN Portland board meeting; remembering Judy Jacobsen
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Arizona’s Proposition 200 would prevent noncitizens from voting, among other things; Utah’s Initiative 1 would spend money on open space and preservation; Ralph Nader will be on New Mexico’s ballot
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Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes now a national park; health screening program for former nuclear workers to expire; Forest Service didn’t break any laws with its Sierra Nevada PR campaign; rocket-burning begins at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot
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Private-property rights group wants to overhaul Oregon’s land-use laws; Initiative 297 in Washington would prohibit Hanford Nuclear Reservation from accepting more waste; Fish and Wildlife Service opens more refuges to hunting and fishing
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Energy Department, Bechtel Jacobs mess up shipping of radioactive waste; Interior Department’s damaged records of Indian trust accounts; public comment time extended on Roadless Rule
Dear friends
End of summer visitors to HCN; ex-interns make good; corrections
Japanese cars may get all the good lanes
A proposed law would allow California commuters who drive some hybrid vehicles to use the state’s carpool lanes, and the CEO of Ford Motor Co. is not happy about it
Colorado voters hold the cards on renewable energy
In November, Coloradans will have the chance to vote on a citizen-proposed renewable-energy initiative, but the utilities are working hard to defeat it
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Proposed Montana ballot initiative preserves hunting and fishing rights; Pete Coors and Ken Salazar get out-of-state money for Colorado primaries; Oregon’s Ballot Measure 34 would help protect state forests
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EPA plans to streamline pesticide registration; Los Angeles puts the brakes on superstores; El Paso Corp. pushes to drill New Mexico’s Valle Vidal; and black-tailed prairie dog no longer a candidate for endangered species list
Dear friends
HCN’s Gretchen Aston-Puckett and husband Jeremy Puckett announce the birth of Lydia Kestrel, and editor Greg Hanscom and Tara Thomas say hello to daughter Lucia; summertime visitors; Rock & Ice magazine agrees with HCN; and belated thanks to McCune Charit
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California tribes fight California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over gambling; Vice President Cheney requires loyalty oath at speech; Brian Schweitzer campaigns for Montana governor’s office
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More than 33,000 fish died in Klamath River in 2002; Bill Barrett Corp. gets go-ahead for seismic testing near Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon; Building 771 at Rocky Flats demolished; Kennewick Man will not be reburied
Feds pass roadless headache to states
The Bush administration gives governors 18 months to ask the Forest Service to protect roadless areas in their states, but the states will have to pay for the costly and complex petition process
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