Magazine
Grand Canyon Gridlock

December 21, 1998

So many people want to take a river trip through the Grand Canyon that limits set by the Park Service - which many say favor commercial outfitters over private boaters - create an administrative nightmare for the agency.

Feature

Grand Canyon Gridlock
So many people want to take a river trip through the Grand Canyon that limits set by the Park Service - which many say favor commercial outfitters over private boaters - create an administrative nightmare for the agency.

Sidebar

From the journals of Buzz Holmstrom
An excerpt from the journals of Buzz Holmstrom describes the first solo river trip through the Grand Canyon in 1937.
A brief brilliant life on the river
Book review of "The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom," by Vince Welch, Brad Dimock and Curt Conley, which chronicles the life of Buzz Holmstrom, who made the first solo trip through Grand Canyon in 1937.
Grand Canyon Timeline
Timeline of significant events within the Grand Canyon from 1869 to 1997.
Boating in the bathtub
Boating in the bathtub
Artist and boater Ellen Tibbetts creates a delightful excursion into the imagination of a Grand Canyon river rat.

Uncommon Westerners

Uphill for these Idahoans
HCN readers Gene Bray and Irene Wright of Meridian, Idaho, are profiled.

Essays

River guide quits and tells why
A river guide who first worked on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 1971 describes how a funky, rugged, adventurous business turned into an expenisve, elitist, lavishly catered "service" that has left him disillusioned with the whole thing.

Book Reviews

The last living Democrat in Idaho lays it on the line
"Cecil Andrus: Politics Western Style," by Cecil Andrus and Joel Connelly, is a good read about a good political life.
A river rat remembers
Folksinger, activist and river rat Katie Lee shares her memories of Glen Canyon in her new book, "All My Rivers Are Gone."
15th Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The 15th Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held Jan. 23-30 in Elko, Nev.
North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community
The relationship between nature and society will be explored in the North American Interdisciplinary Conference at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Feb. 11-13.
Targhee National Forest
Public comments are being accepted on recent road closures on Idaho's Targhee National Forest in an effort to protect grizzly bear habitat.
Forest and Stream Management in the Oregon Coast Range
The latest ecosystem research will be explored at a conference on Forest and Stream Management in the Oregon Coast Range, Jan. 12-13, at Oregon State University.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Salt Lake City swap meet recycles useless gadgetry; "Save-A-Tree" in Oregon; Jimmie Ray Derington arrested for poaching trees in Calif.; breasts are OK in Moscow, Idaho; 17th Annual Kiwanis follies in Jackson, Wyo.; the bard was a birder.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
January HCN board meeting in St. George, Utah; winter wins; corrections.

News

Murmurs about a new monument
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt wants to create a new national monument: a 3 million-acre stretch of BLM land between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border, known as the Arizona Strip.
Wolf killers sought in Southwest
Five reintroduced Mexican wolves have been shot and killed in Arizona and New Mexico, and while an investigation goes on, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases four more animals into the wild.
Not a creature was stirring...
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes temporary protection for the endangered Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which biologists believe is declining because of urban sprawl near Denver.
The Wayward West
Whirling disease hits trout in Yellowstone; Moscow, Idaho, Earth Firster Lori Graves finds Molotov cocktail; Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., fights reopening of Hanford nuclear reactor; political support rises for removal of Atlas uranium tailings near Moab, UT.
Ice Bump survives congressional ax
The Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project (ICBEMP, or Ice Bump) lives through a Republican-led attempt to kill it in Congress.
Sewage fouls Yellowstone
Outdated plumbing in Yellowstone National Park's tourist lodges is spilling sewage into the water, and the state of Wyoming has threatened to fine the Park Service unless it takes care of the problem.
Cougars too close for comfort
A growing number of human-mountain lion conflicts in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area near Missoula, Mont., has led officials to end a ban on hunting the big cats there.

Opinion

Fallen forester
Jim Nelson, who managed the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada for years amid environmentalist acclaim, has had his career derailed by whistleblowers that the writer believes acted without justification, in a spirit of personal malice.

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