Magazine
A river becomes a raw nerve

October 12, 1998

The grassroots environmental group Amigos Bravos seeks consensus in the mostly Hispanic communities along the Rio Costilla in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where there is never enough water to go around.

Feature

A river becomes a raw nerve
The grassroots environmental group Amigos Bravos seeks consensus in the mostly Hispanic communities along the Rio Costilla in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where there is never enough water to go around.

Sidebar

No consensus on consensus
HCN begins a series on the successes and failures of collaborative conservation efforts in the West.
I am mayordomo
Stanley Crawford's book "Mayordomo" chronicles his experience as mayordomo of the Acequia de la Jara in his rural New Mexico community.
Next to blood relationships
An excerpt from Stanley Crawford's book "Mayordomo" traces the connections of blood relationships and water relationships in his New Mexico community.
As mayordomo
Stanley Crawford says that being mayordomo is like being the heart, pumping out precious fluid.
A tangled web of watersheds
The upper Rio Grande's 15 major tributaries all face distinct problems with a complex history behind them.

Essays

A lifetime of service on the North Dakota plains
A slideshow on Joe Sorkness's 97th birthday recalls his hard and dedicated life as a country doctor in North Dakota.

Book Reviews

They left only footprints
In Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, a flood reveals more than 2,000 dinosaur tracks in a gully.
Broadway, mountain-style
An unusual theater group, Human Nature, tries to ease things between environmentalists and loggers with musical comedy and satire.
Seeing parks with 20/20 vision
Some say the "Vision 20/20 National Parks Restoration Act" would only continue the "sweetheart contracting practices" that allow concessionaires to profit without returning much money to the parks.
Holding the line
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center tracks environmental problems with its quarterly newsletter, "The Northern Line."
Avoiding the shaft
In "Avoiding the Shaft: The New Mexico Citizen's Mining Manual," Sue McIntosh aims to help New Mexico activists battle hardrock mining.
World Oil Forum
A conference held in Denver, Colo., Oct. 30 will consider the future of the world's supply of petroleum.
Trails and the American Spirit
This year's National Trails Symposium, "Trails and the American Spirit," will be held Nov. 13-17 in Tucson, Ariz.
Solar power is booming
The Worldwatch Institute's report shows that solar power's growth rate is up.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Elvis the pig; bears eating out in Aspen, Colo., and Whitefish, Mont.; grizzly victim not mad; Chocolate the Glacier Grizzly, a children's book heroine, kills a man; bear vs. hunter over elk meat; dog lovers protest dog rules; dogs are lousy drivers.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Research fund; sweeps month for print media; the Pueblo potluck and board meeting; new intern Gabriel Ross; fall visitors.

News

When government gets in growth's way
Idaho environmentalist Gary Richardson fights a difficult battle from his seat on the county highway board, where he seeks to contain Boise's growth and work for alternative transportation.
The Wayward West
Gary Snyder's talk to OSU's Forestry School cancelled; Friends of Savage Rapids Dam say they can save salmon without destroying dam; in N.M. the BLM pulls cows from 40 miles of streambanks; Crested Butte, Colo.'s land-trade dispute; more Calif. condors.
An activist dies in the forest
Pacific Lumber and Earth First! argue over who is responsible for the death of activist David Chain, killed by a falling tree in a protest on California's Headwaters Forest.
The Rocky Mountain Front faces new oil-and-gas threat
Blackfeet Indians argue over the planned oil and gas exploration on Chief Mountain, on the border between the reservation and Glacier National Park.
A familiar name returns to Western politics
The Udall family still lives in politics, as Morris Udall's son, Mark, runs for Congress in Colorado and Stewart's son, Tom, runs for the House of Representatives in New Mexico.
Listening for wolf howls
Wolf activist Suzanne Laverty teams with outfitter Travis Bullock to lead tourists on trips in Idaho's wolf country.
Wolves develop an appetite for beef
In Montana, the pack of reintroduced wolves known as the Ninemile wolves, has developed a mysteriously destructive appetite for cattle, and neither ranchers nor wolf biologists are sure of what to do about it.
A county writes strict logging rules
Rio Arriba County, N.M., a pro-logging area, passes a far-reaching law to mandate environmentally responsible logging.
A bridge to disaster?
Environmentalists object to a Forest Service plan to build a new snowmobile bridge across Cougar Creek near the edge of Yellowstone National Park.
Proposed mine threatens ecosystem
Activists fear a proposed nickel mine on Rough and Ready Creek in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest could harm a unique ecosystem.

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