Magazine
Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West

November 10, 1997

The proposal to drain Lake Powell is exhilarating because of the debate it will inspire: A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, while those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.

Feature

Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West
The proposal to drain Lake Powell is exhilarating because of the debate it will inspire.
A tale of two rivers: The desert empire and the mountain
A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, saving the Upper Basin states from overdevelopment and industrialization.
Reclaiming a lost canyon
Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.

Book Reviews

Another wild opportunity
The BLM brings six Colorado areas closer to possible wilderness designation by labeling them "roadless."
More ATVers than aliens
The BLM seeks to confine off-road vehicles to trails on Haystack Mountain near Roswell, N.M.
A chance to go wild
The Forest Service releases report recommending wild and scenic designation for rivers in the Uinta National Forest.
Drawing from life
A review of Hannah Hinchman's "A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place."
Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail Society now has a Web page for hikers to exchange information, etc.
Dollars, Sense and Salmon
The Idaho Statesman offers reprints of its series, "Dollars, Sense and Salmon," on dams on the Lower Snake River.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters plans to survey the public about their knowledge of the causes of water pollution.
The Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is one of the topics to be discussed at the Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Colorado CattleWomen's midwinter conference Dec. 4-5 in Colorado Springs.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Ostrich meat in White House; llamas need new image; bears misbehaving all over the West; tent is private property; anti-terrorist guerilla action in Summit County, Colo.; wolf Houdini hero in Yellowstone.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
El Nino 1, Denver 0; writers and visitors; for youth; corrections on Reisner story.

News

Taxpayers subsidize cheap vacations
Under criticism from the General Accounting Office, the Forest Service agrees to reappraise and raise the leases on the valuable cabin sites it has in Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest.
Bison killing goes inside
Park officials in Yellowstone give rangers permission to shoot bison heading out of the park this winter.
Y2Y: A vast concept gets a hearing
At the Yellowstone to Yukon conference in Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park, activists discuss creating North America's largest wildlife corridor.
The Wayward West
Dr. Patrick Shipsey convicted in Oregon cow killing; Goshute Indians want casino in Utah; Judge William Dwyer retires; Yellowstone Chief Ranger Dan Sholly under investigation.
On a Montana ranch, big game and big problems
On the Big Velvet Ranch near Darby, Mont., the controversial practices of "pay-to-shoot" elk hunting and antler harvesting come under investigation and attack.
Serious trouble for snow geese
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service increases bag limits on snow geese after biologists warn that the birds are too prolific for their own good.
Plumas lake poisoned despite civil disobedience
Despite vigorous local protest, the California Department of Fish and Game poisons Lake Davis to eradicate non-native pike.
Banning the buzz
The National Park Service is developing rules to allow local park officials to restrict and possibly ban noisy personal watercraft.
Cows get marching orders
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department orders the BLM to get cows off 15 allotments in southeastern Arizona.
Rail merger brings delays, derailments
Last year's merger between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads has brought chaos, poor service and accidents in its wake.

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