Items by Tim Westby

The Wayward West
Anonymous donor saves Loomis State Forest, Wash.; no sponsors in Congress for proposed Sonoran national park; John Leshy optimistic over 1872 Mining Law reform; Sen. Ben Campbell doubles timber sales in Colo.; Yellowstone dumps sewage in park meadow.
Politicians talk tough
Colorado's congressional delegation calls for a get-tough policy toward real estate developer Tom Chapman after a billboard advertising lots for sale appears on the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.
Mining on the run
The Montana Mining Association's lone remaining employee, Executive Director Jill Andrews, blames last November's initiative, which restricts open-pit cyanide heap-leach mining, for destroying her industry in the state.
Will an experimental plan be snuffed out?
Environmentalists are at odds over an experimental logging plan intended to restore forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire in the ponderosa pines around Flagstaff, Ariz.
An Olympic eyesore?
In Park City, Utah, locals are irate at the ugliness of a ski jump that is being carved out of a mountain for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Wayward West
USFS stops poisoning prairie dogs; Wildlife Service kills five Colo. bears; Rep. Peter DeFazio tries to cut wildlife budget; no flight-free zones in Grand Canyon; ORV group sues USFS for closing Utah roads; ORVs ordered to stay off trail, Swan Mtn., MT.
Star parties
From May through October the Hansen Planetarium will host monthly star parties and indoor slide presentations at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Settlement reached in Tahoe takings case
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is ordered to pay Bernardine Suitum $600,000 for blocking her plans to build an A-frame house on her property by Lake Tahoe.
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