High Country News August 31, 1998
Washington's Okanogan County is divided between those who support Battle Mountain Gold's planned Buckhorn Mtn. mine for its economic promise, and local and Native American activists fighting what they see as impending ecological disaster.
HCN wins Wirth Chair award; summer visitors; sharing a lead story with Indian Country Today; odds and ends.
The University of Arizona, worried about its telescope complex on Mount Graham, riles local Indians by requiring a "prayer permit" for those who want to visit the mountain's summit.
Residents of a Steamboat Springs, Colo., neighborhood that is powered by solar and propane energy, are upset with CEO Jim Mann's plans to power the 21,000 sq.-ft. house he wants to build there with electricity from the grid.
In New Mexico, an energetic Green Party is siphoning votes from the Democratic Party and seeks to give the Republicans a run for their money.
USFS halts climbing-anchor ban; Idaho fights return of part of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe; publisher Gibbs Smith quits SUWA board; Yosemite Nat'l Park plans new bus system; golf course planned in Inyo Nat'l Forest (CA) faces lawsuit.
Boise Cascade Corp. sawmill workers blame environmentalists for sawmill closures in the Northwest that others say are the fault of the global economy.
The National Park Service will ban personal watercraft on almost all of its waterways.
There is a continuing controversy about who first climbed Wyoming's Grand Teton - Nathaniel Langford in 1872, or a group of climbers in 1898.
Republicans have attached a barrage of anti-environmental riders to unrelated legislation coming before the Congress, and Democrats seem unsure how to respond.
The U.S. Air Force plans to offer Idaho rancher Bert Brackett around $1 million to turn his grazing allotment into a bombing range.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has re-released "Sounds of North American Frogs: The Biological Significance of Voice in Frogs," a 1958 recording that showcases the amphibian, including many species that are in decline.
"From the Front Lines: Free Press Struggles in Native America," edited by Tom Arviso, chronicles Indians' struggles for a free press.
"Montana Ghost Dance: Essays on Land and Life," by John B. Wright, is reviewed.
The Center of the American West will present a conference on justice, racial equality and environmental well-being, Sept. 11-12.
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education hosts the Colorado Environmental Education Conference & Expo, Sept. 26.
The annual membership meeting of the Oregon Natural Desert Association will be held Sept. 25-27.
Case study workshops will be included in the "Peaks to Prairies: A Conference on Watershed Stewardship," on Sept. 27-30.
The Western Regional Instream Flow conference will be held Oct. 8-9.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends its comment period on the petition to list the Westslope cutthroat trout as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
A variety of sustainable issues can be found on the redesigned Department of Energy Web site.
Stephen J. Pyne's book, "How the Canyon Became Grand," is reviewed.
Heard Around the West
Ed Abbey's truck; rock art vandalism; mountain lion mauling in Missoula; emus run wild in Ore.; rancher vs. developer in Teton County, Idaho; killer bees in Bisbee; teenage girl vs. polygamy in Utah; felonious logging in Jackson; huge dollar sign in Ore.
Environmental activist and entrepreneur Michael "Buffalo" Mazzetti is marketing bottled water from Washington's Buckhorn Mtn. to prove that the mountain has economic value without being the site of a gold mine.
The Confederated Tribes on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington are fighting the planned Buckhorn Mountain gold mine, despite the economic benefits such a mine could bring to the tribes.