Items by Betsy Marston

The valley around us is deep
The Forest Service asked William Stafford to write poems for the scenic turnouts along the river valley. Poems reprinted.
Dear friends
Another special issue, Chip Rawlins reading, visitors.
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Hunting season, Bruce Selcraig is visiting journalist, fall visitors
For the full scolding
BuRec falls down on job of managing water, audit concludes.
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Society of Environmental Journalists meets in Utah; visitors; growth issue a hit.
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Energy award, marriages and visits, corrections, Charles Wilkinson
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Arrival of Ray Ring and family, visitors, corrections.
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Wake fire near Paonia, 14 firefighters killed near Glenwood Springs.
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Good news for staff; Fan mail for Gretchen; Recycled paper; Flights over Grand Canyon; March for trees; Visitors.
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Odds and ends, HCN survey, avalanches in northwest, intern Peter McBride.
Dear friends
Odds and ends, visitors, transitions, intern Carol Busch, barebones, high praise.
No change on the range
Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist In Alaska and the American West. Essays by Philip Fradkin reviewed.
Dear friends
Commuting over McClure Pass, ad rates going up, Diane Sylvain art show.
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Miscelleneous, visitors, direct mail, Arizona bureau, Great Basin interns.
The new West is as restless as the old
People move West, move in and move on.
Farmers outgunned by the oil and gas industry
The Colorado Legislature guts a bill protecting farmers' interests against the oil and gas industry.
Environmental groups lose Burr Trail case
Four environmental groups suffered a defeat when U.S. District Judge Aldon Anderson ruled that Utah's rugged and beautiful Burr Trail may be widened and improved in Garfield County.
Hidden, but vulnerable
Congress considers a little-known bill -- the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act -- that would guard the thousands of caves underlying public lands from vandalism and other forms of destruction.
Edward Abbey is an optimist
"The world is older, bigger and more interesting than we are. Growth is the enemy. Every organism grows to optimum space, then stops." If it doesn't, he says, it's a freak, which means our overblown and overdone technological civilization is headed for a great explosion, followed by collapse. "That's why I'm an optimist."
Canyon flights attract a comment blitz
A Grand Canyon National Park superintendent spent much of this summer sifting advice from the public on how to reduce noise from airplanes and helicopters flying in the 1,900-square mile park.
Grizzly bears: Thriving or vanishing?
A spring conference called "The fate of the grizzly," sponsored primarily by the University of Colorado Environmental Center, brought together critics of the federal bureaucracy involved in Yellowstone National Park, plus a few of the bureaucrats themselves.
High Noon in Washington, D.C.
After a year of negotiation between cattle growers, nine national conservation organizations and congressional aides, no compromise was reached on the controversial issue of fees for livestock grazing on public land.
The Park Service fights a garbage dump
In Colorado, a garbage dump is proposed next to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Wilderness management's time has come
Although hundreds of wilderness areas have been created, few are actually managed according to the spirit of the Wilderness Act.
Two western forces clash at Jackson Lake
The frailness of Jackson Dam brings two sacred Western forces into conflict: agricultural water rights versus one of America's most beautiful and popular national parks.
Voters seize the initiative on nuclear waste
By an overwhelming 62 percent margin, South Dakota voters passed an initiative that gives the people the "exclusive right" to approve or reject the disposal of all nuclear wastes within the state.
Wilderness fight leads to symbolic hanging
Three members of a grassroots environmental group in south-central Utah were hanged in effigy last month in the town of Escalante.
A coal miner takes on the safety bureaucracy
Pat Conkle, a former Paonia, Colo. coal miner, has succeeded in forcing the Mine Safety and Health Administration to defend itself before the House Safety and Health Subcommittee.
Foes launch first-strike attack on MX
The MX missile deployment in Nebraska and Wyoming is meeting stepped up opposition, with Colorado pressing to be included in an assessment of regional impacts.
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Visitors, odds and ends, mistaken identity.
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