Items by Tim Sullivan

The Gangs of Zion
Drawn to Utah by the Mormon Church, young Polynesians struggle to find an identity, and to escape from a seemingly endless cycle of gang-related violence
Protecting the treaty, saving the fish
Kat Brigham of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla has devoted her life to fighting for tribal fishing rights and the survival of salmon on the Columbia River
Transforming the Forest Service: Maverick bureaucrat Wendy Herrett
Wendy Herrett, a woman with "the heart of a warrior," braved discrimination to become the first female district ranger in the Forest Service and a pioneer in ecosystem management
A new breed of 'ski bums' is anything but
Young people in booming Ketchum, Idaho, struggle to make a living and find an affordable place to stay
A new twist on urbanism
The Transportation and Land Use Collaborative in Southern California will hold a conference on "Latino New Urbanism"
Wal-Mart: Love it or loathe it
Businesspeople and shoppers may love Wal-Mart, but a lot of its workers – and ex-workers – have reasons to dislike the company
In a bitter strike, grocery workers lost ground
A bitter five-month strike against grocery chains in California did nothing to halt the slide in wages likely to come when Wal-Mart invades
Wal-Mart’s Manifest Destiny
Wal-Mart wants to build more giant Supercenter stores in the West, but communities like Inglewood, Calif., are starting to take a stand against the world’s largest company
Creating immigrant leaders: Labor organizer Ramon Ramirez
Ramon Ramirez of PCUN, the Northwestern Treeplanters and Farmworkers United, fights on behalf of the rights of immigrants, at home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and across the globe
Immigration reform from Washington, DC
Environmentalists and immigration activists have a few doubts about President Bush’s proposed immigration reform policy
Salmon go swoosh in the Northwest
Tim Sullivan says Portland is learning how cool it is to be part of a conservation ethic called Salmon Nation
In the Northwest, salmon go swoosh
In downtown Portland, Ore., the writer collides with "Salmon Nation" – a new brand name for a new style of conservation, or maybe consumerism
Singing cowboys strike a bad chord
The Bar-K Wranglers, a group of singing cowboys who planned to open a dinner theater in Oakley, were turned down by the Planning Commission, due to wetlands, moose habitat, and financial questions.
Ridgetop home may be toppled
In Park City, Utah, county planners are fighting to stop Bruce Daley's planned hilltop home, and Daley is fighting back with a lawsuit against Summit County.
Navajos at odds about marinas
Some Navajos fear the tribe's planned Antelope Point Marina in Arizona will harm archaeological and ceremonial sites.
State to coyote hunters: Let the games begin
Conservationists say Salt Lake City's nomination of a cartoon coyote as mascot to the 2002 Winter Olympics is hypocritical, given Utah's coyote-killing bounty program.
Beyond the white noise
"The 2000 Directory of People of Color Environmental Groups" gives information on over 600 organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Hecho a mano
James S. Griffith's "Hecho a Mano" uses photos and language to explore the creative folk arts of the Mexican-American residents of Tucson, Ariz.
Ombudsman could be town's ticket
EPA ombudsman Robert Martin has met with Alberton, Mont., residents who say they are still suffering health effects from a 1996 train derailment that spilled toxic chemicals.
Mine all dressed up with nowhere to go
The controversial proposed Carlota copper mine near Pinto Creek in southern Arizona has all the permits it needs, but activists hope an uncertain copper market and the company's financial troubles will keep it from opening.
When two traditions collide
The Department of Interior is considering allowing Hopi Indians to collect baby golden eagles from Wupatki National Monument, Ariz., for later sacrifice in a religious ceremony, and some conservationists are worried about the precedent this could set.
Ferrets are back in town
The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe is trying to restore endangered black-footed ferrets to the South Dakota reservation.
Toxic bird feed
Oregon biologist James Larison has found that 46 percent of the ptarmigans he tested had toxic levels of the trace metal cadmium in their kidneys.
Don't go away mad, just go away
Idaho state BLM director Martha Hahn has told employees for their own safety to avoid encounters with Jon Marvel of the Idaho Watershed Project.
Are the stars out tonight?
Moab, Utah, is trying to regulate commercial light pollution to keep glare out of the night sky over area parks.
Ranchers take law into their own hands
Utah ranchers take back cattle impounded by the BLM from grazing allotments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The latest bounce
Maria Cantwell beats Slade Gorton in Wash. Senate race; Democrats plow reservation roads in MT; Wyo. state Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux charged with voter fraud; Ariz. House Speaker Jeff Groscost, R, ousted; Boulder, Colo., voters ax low-cost housing.
Anchors away?
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
Hear that whistle blowin'
Citizens of Creede, Colo., a small historic mining town, are split over businessman Don Shank's plans to run a tourist train from South park to Creede on Union Pacific's abandoned tracks.
Bypass bickering
Fred Dexter of Nevada's Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club is crusading against a planned four-lane bridge over the Colorado River at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.
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