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A senator for the New West in the race of his life

September 28, 1998

Democrat Harry Reid brings a reputation for integrity, a record of environmentalism, and the toughness he kept from his hardscrabble Western upbringing into a challenging race for a third term as a U.S. Senator from Nevada.

Feature

A senator for the New West in the race of his life
Democrat Harry Reid brings a reputation for integrity, a record of environmentalism, and the toughness he kept from his hardscrabble Western upbringing into a challenging race for a third term as a U.S. Senator from Nevada.

Sidebar

Beyond sagebrush politics: A prospering megalopolis steers Nevada
Nevada is the fastest-growing state and its politics reflect a lively, complex reality.
Nevada on the move
Statistics of growth in Nevada

Essays

God to Helen: 'Do I know you?'
In a tongue-in-cheek essay, the writer talks to God and passes on the divine opinion concerning Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth.

Book Reviews

Tour the underground
North Dakota's "Energy Trail" gives tourists a chance to visit coal mines and power plants.
Glacier takes a stand
A draft plan for Glacier National Park would ban jet skis and air tours while protecting historic lodges and improving roads and visitor services.
Mining: There's a reform-blocking rider
A rule buried in the BLM's mining regulations directs the secretary of the Interior to avoid "undue degradation" of public lands by mining, and the Mineral Policy Center wants to see it revised and made tougher.
Doing dirty work for free
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado seeks people who want to help plant gardens and mend trails on Colorado public lands.
High desert pronghorn
A coalition wants to link the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Oregon with the Sheldon National Refuge in Nevada so the pronghorn antelope can roam.
Zero Circles
Daniel Dancer's photographs in the "Zero Circles Project" seek to inspire viewers to save the West's great forests from logging.
Elk: Pursuing the hunt and preserving the species
David Petersen's "Elkheart: A Personal Tribute to Wapiti and Their World" is reviewed and excerpted.
Prisoners for hire
A new magazine called "ColorLines" takes a harsh look at the "prison-industrial complex."
Irrigators speak a volume
The Family Farm Alliance defends irrigation in its report, "Western Irrigation Economic Benefits Review."
Let's talk about salmon
A free quarterly called "Wana Chinook Tymoo" lives up to its name's meaning, "salmon stories," by helping Northwestern Indians work to save salmon.
Speaking of eating: There is no meat I would rather eat
Excerpt from David Petersen's book, "Elkheart: A Personal Tribute to Wapiti and Their World."
Wildlands Grassroots Rendezvous
The Wildlands Project holds a conference Oct. 8-11 in Estes Park, Colo.
Large-Scale Hog Farming in Colorado
A conference discussing regulatory options to corporate hog farms in Colorado is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Colorado Trails Symposium
A conference for trail managers, volunteers and professionals will be held Oct. 8-11 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Perspective

Congress avoids buying public land
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is tied up in politics and milked to balance the budget, rather than spent to purchase public lands as it was intended to do.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Nevada's "shoe tree"; Yellowstone geysers wake up; "mountain loin" roams Bozeman; train whistle irks new Winter Park, Colo., residents; battle of bathrooms, continued; Taos, N.M., art association raffles off land.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Hunting season; intern Stanley Yung; corrections and emendations.

News

Is park station a boondoggle?
Critics object to Park Service plans to spend user fees on a fancy new welcome center in Grand Teton National Park, rather than on improving existing facilities.
Critics slam bison plan
Critics blast Yellowstone's draft management plan for bison, which would quarantine, vaccinate and reduce the size of the herd to deal with the threat of brucellosis.
Voters to decide mining's future
Montana's Initiative I-137 would ban new open-pit heap-leach gold and silver mines and prevent the expansion of existing ones.
The Wayward West
Utah may trade trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante; Mobil Corp. agrees to pay tribes royalties; Portola, Calif., gets $9 million from fish poisoning; salvage logging starts on damaged trees in Routt Nat'l Forest; lynx and wolverine return to Colo.
In place of a bigger park, Tucson gets houses
Growing Tucson suburbs invade land on the edgoe of Arizona's Saguaro National Park West, when federal funds for a promised buyout of the land fail to materialize.
Hunt sparks whale of a controversy
In Washington, the prospect of the first hunt of gray whales by the Makah Indians in 70 years has environmentalists worried and tribe enthusiastic.
On The Trail
Utah Republican Rep. Merrill Cook loses environmental support to his challenger, Lily Eskelson; in Idaho, League of Conservation Voters puts up money to defeat Rep. Helen Chenoweth; Ariz.'s "Growing Smarter" initiative apparently not what it seems to be.

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