Magazine
Grizzly war

November 9, 1998

Wildlife biologists, environmentalists and Western politicians are engaged in a fierce debate over whether two decades of protection have so restored Yellowstone's grizzly population that the animal ought to be removed from the endangered species list.

Feature

Grizzly war
Wildlife biologists, environmentalists and Western politicians are engaged in a fierce debate over whether two decades of protection have so restored Yellowstone's grizzly population that the animal ought to be removed from the endangered species list.

Sidebar

Bare facts
Many facts about grizzly bears, including their size, weight, habitat, attacks on humans, eating habits, hibernation, reproduction, etc.
Idaho grizzly plan shifts into low gear
A once-vigorous effort to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot County on the Idaho/Montana border has hit some unexpected road blocks and detours.

Uncommon Westerners

Wise words from a veteran activist
A reader profile of 100-year-old Hazel Wolf, a lifelong activist and the star of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness conference.

Essays

A parade becomes a memorial after a murder
A parade becomes a memorial after a murder
Laramie, Wyoming, wrestles with the hate in its midst when a gay student is beaten to death.

Book Reviews

The lynx: To list or not to list?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has until next June to decide whether to list the elusive Canada lynx as threatened or endangered.
Picturing Native American Culture
The book, "Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America," is a beautiful and thought-provoking collection of essays and photographs.
Trading up to salmon power
The Emerald People's Utility District near Eugene, Ore., plans to provide "green power" to its customers, encouraging energy production that doesn't harm air quality or salmon.
Spotted owls vs. jobs?
University of Wisconsin sociologist Bill Freudenburg says that, contrary to popular belief, employment has actually increased since environmental regulations came in.
Endangered Mexico
The book, "Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge" by Joel Simon, explores the threats to Mexico's environment.
Big Sky or Big Sprawl?
A conference, "Big Sky or Big Sprawl? Montana at the Crossroads: Montana's First Statewide Summit on Growth," takes place Nov. 20-21 in Helena.
9th Headwaters Conference, "Relationships Between Learning and Locality'
A conference at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., looks at the collision between rural society and academia, Nov. 13-14.
From Watersheds to Watertaps
A workshop, "From Watersheds to Watertaps," examines the new Safe Drinking Water Act in Denver, Colo., Jan. 9.
Renewable Energy Policy Project
The Renewable Energy Policy Project's August "Research Report" suggests a way to boost the small market for water heaters powered by the sun.
Bull Trout Workshop
The American Fisheries Society's North Pacific-Internation Chapter holds a workshop on bull trout Nov. 16-17 in Nelson, British Columbia.
Gutsy scientists stand up to bureaucratic juggernaut
Todd Wilkinson's book, "Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War on Nature and Truth," chronicles the struggle of government agency biologists to stand up for environmental and wildlife protection.
A Montana writer's real-life tales of bears and terror
"Mark of the Grizzly: True Stories of Recent Bear Attacks and the Hard Lessons Learned" by Scott McMillion combines horrifying accounts with thoughtful discussion.

Perspective

Defensive GOP cleans up its budget act
After weeks of bluster and deal-making, Republicans quietly dropped 30 or so anti-environmental riders to the appropriations bill.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Death Valley Health Center; dogs' power bones; house paint in South Gate, CA; volcano/sewage buildup in Yellowstone; tracking privies of Lewis & Clark; poacher gives self away; "Wash. biol. serv."; Colo. candidate Jack Woehr; no fall color in Northeast.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
HCN adopts a highway; dead bears next door and other odds and ends; late fall visitors.

News

Deaths drive change at Lake Mead
At Nevada's Lake Mead, the busiest national recreation area in the country, park rangers try to crack down on the "reckless clueless" misbehavior, often fueled by alcohol and drugs, that has already killed 36 visitors this year.
The Wayward West
Coeur d'Alene Tribe gets to retain control of one-third of its namesake lake; San Juan, County, Wash., bans jet skis; Atlas Minerals Corp. files for bankruptcy; Oregon farmers will get subsidies for planting trees along waterways.
A quiet victory in Quincy
The controversial forest management plan put together by the Quincy Library Group in California is signed into law without much fanfare, as members of the consensus group brace for the next round of fighting over the forest.
Poacher gets trapped
Utah hunting guide Samuel Sickels is nailed for poaching cougars, with the help of videotapes and photographs taken by his clients.
Who controls the Sandias?
Albuquerque residents are shocked when a federal judge rules that the Sandia Pueblo owns much of the western face of the Sandia Mountains at the very edge of the city.
The 105th Congress didn't come completely clean
Although many of the worst anti-environmental riders were struck from the budget bill, the 105th Congress did not leave environmentalists with much to be happy about.
Even in the remote West, growth happens
Tiny, isolated Stehekin, Wash., a village surrounded by parks and wilderness and reachable only by ferry, has been discovered by a developer who wants to build vacation homes and condominiums.
Subdivisions loom over the Sawtooths
Idaho rancher Bob Piva says he will subdivide and sell his 160 acres in the Stanley Basin, unless the Forest Service - which has been trying to protect the Sawtooth National Recreation Area from development - meets his asking price.
Vail fires outrage community
The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for fires that damaged ski facilities at Vail, Colo., and though many in the community have rallied support, others blame Vail for its ruthless development and planned expansion into possible lynx habitat.
Lynx stops timber sale
The Tie Camp timber sale in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Nat'l Forest has been halted because the area may be potential habitat for the rare Canada lynx.
Erosion danger fans flames
A clean-air activist who helped end bluegrass-field burning near Spokane, Wash., is now tackling the practice of wheat-stubble burning on eastern Washington's farmlands.

Opinion

Arson isn't the only crime on Vail Mountain
The headlines about the recent arson in Vail, Colo., fail to consider the resort's history of legal but still reprehensible activities - especially its expansion into old-growth and possible lynx habitat.

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