The Wayward West

  Three men accused of slaughtering more than 30 wild horses in the Nevada desert have been arrested (HCN, 1/18/99). Two of the suspects, Scott Brendle and Darien Brock, are stationed at Marine Corps bases in California. Grisly details about the other suspect's life have surfaced in Nevada newspapers. Anthony Merlino of Reno is described as having once gutted a deer on his living room carpet. "There was blood and ick all over the place and he just left it there for two weeks," a former neighbor told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "He is dumber than a bag of hammers."





Unless Utah's Legacy Parkway charts a new course, it won't please the Environmental Protection Agency. The road project is now planned to traverse the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, destroying 155 wetland acres. Regional EPA Director Bill Yellowtail told the state to consider improving its public transportation and existing I-15 corridor. But Utah is still going ahead with the four-lane freeway. "We'll continue to move forward because we have a proposal that we believe is environmentally friendly," a state spokeswoman told the Salt Lake Tribune.





A resort that seemed a sure thing in the 1970s has just died for good. The Catamount ski area near Steamboat Springs in northwest Colorado was once intended to host ski events for the 1976 Winter Olympics, which Denver turned down (HCN, 6/26/95). Now, 3,000 homes and a pair of golf courses planned for the area won't be built. A single lodge and 40 homes will take their place on a working cattle ranch.





* Dustin Solberg


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