The Wayward West

  Margaret Reeb first made headlines by saying "no." She is making them again by saying "yes." Last May, the deal between the Clinton administration and the Crown Butte Mining Company - the administration would pay $65 million if the mining company agreed not to mine - was thrown into question. It turned out that Reeb owned a sizable chunk of the contested New World Mine district outside of Yellowstone National Park and had no intention of surrendering her property. Now, a representative of Crown Butte says that the retired teacher will sell if the government pays Crown Butte $65 million as promised ...


Republican Sen. Don Young of Alaska will get his documents, thanks to a unanimous vote by the House (once Natural) Resources Committee, which Young chairs. Young asked the Committee to subpoena Clinton administration documents that have been withheld by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The materials, regarding the creation of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, are sensitive, the council believes ...


During a city council meeting in Eugene, Ore., Mayor Jim Torrey was interrupted by an audience member who stood up and vomited on the controversial mayor's shoulder. Since the unidentified man left without speaking, it is unclear whether he is a member of Eugeneans for Good Government, the group that filed a petition to recall the mayor after he allowed police to douse nonviolent tree-sitters with pepper spray and tear gas. The protesters were trying to prevent the city from cutting down 40 trees to build a parking garage ...


When Maxxam boss Charles Hurwitz was checking on his Pacific Lumber holdings, he became the target of a sweeter projectile. A protester, angry that Hurwitz continues to log California's Headwaters, the world's largest privately owned redwood forest, threw an apple pie in the logging mogul's face. Alfred Day Decker, who says he's a member of the "Biotic Baking Brigade," was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. ...


Oregon's river protection group, WaterWatch, has a new executive director. Staff attorney Reed Benson succeeded Jeff Curtis, who left to become West Coast Conservation Director of Trout Unlimited.


* Heather Abel
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