Magazine
Excavating Ecotopia

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.

Feature

Excavating Ecotopia
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.

Sidebar

A run at sustainable development
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.
Tribes strike back at mining
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.

Perspective

These legislative riders sit low in the saddle
Republicans have attached a barrage of anti-environmental riders to unrelated legislation coming before the Congress, and Democrats seem unsure how to respond.

Book Reviews

From croaks to chirps
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.
Tribes struggle for a free press
"From the Front Lines: Free Press Struggles in Native America," edited by Tom Arviso, chronicles Indians' struggles for a free press.
Musings on the Big Sky
"Montana Ghost Dance: Essays on Land and Life," by John B. Wright, is reviewed.
Justice for All: Racial Equity and Environmental Well-Being
The Center of the American West will present a conference on justice, racial equality and environmental well-being, Sept. 11-12.
Colorado Environmental Education Conference & Expo
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education hosts the Colorado Environmental Education Conference & Expo, Sept. 26.
Oregon Natural Desert Association
The annual membership meeting of the Oregon Natural Desert Association will be held Sept. 25-27.
Peaks to Prairies: A Conference on Watershed Stewardship
Case study workshops will be included in the "Peaks to Prairies: A Conference on Watershed Stewardship," on Sept. 27-30.
Water for Fish vs. Water for People: A Real Conflict?
The Western Regional Instream Flow conference will be held Oct. 8-9.
Westslope cutthroat trout
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.
Department of Energy Web site
A variety of sustainable issues can be found on the redesigned Department of Energy Web site.
How the Canyon Became Grand
Stephen J. Pyne's book, "How the Canyon Became Grand," is reviewed.

Heard Around the West

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.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
HCN wins Wirth Chair award; summer visitors; sharing a lead story with Indian Country Today; odds and ends.

News

Could I see your permit to pray?
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.
There goes the neighborhood
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.
New Mexico Greens here to stay
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.
The Wayward West
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.
Timber mills close in the Northwest
Boise Cascade Corp. sawmill workers blame environmentalists for sawmill closures in the Northwest that others say are the fault of the global economy.
National parks pull the plug on jet skis
The National Park Service will ban personal watercraft on almost all of its waterways.
Only Grand Teton knows
There is a continuing controversy about who first climbed Wyoming's Grand Teton - Nathaniel Langford in 1872, or a group of climbers in 1898.
Air Force drops a sweetheart deal onto ranch land
The U.S. Air Force plans to offer Idaho rancher Bert Brackett around $1 million to turn his grazing allotment into a bombing range.
Writing on native ground in New Mexico
A youthful staff of Zuni Indians has begun a newspaper, The Shiwi Messenger, to bring accurate homegrown news to New Mexico's Zuni Pueblo.
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