My beautiful ranchette

May 10, 1999

A ranchette owner defends her home and lifestyle in a subdivision near Bozeman, Mont., a Western historian considers Montana's long history of being panicked about growth from his ranchette in the beleaguered but beautiful Bitterroot Valley, and other essays.


In Montana: The view from the ranchette
From his own little ranchette in the beleaguered but beautiful Bitterroot Valley, a Western historian considers Montana's long history of being panicked about growth.


My beautiful ranchette
A ranchette owner defends her home and lifestyle in a subdivision near Bozeman, Montana.
Enough nature writing already!
A former nature writer says that there needs to be moratorium on all new "nature writers'" books.
Why I'm a poor writer
A freelance writer laments his poverty and the lack of respect Western writers get in those New York magazines.
Hoping for river magic on a trip with Dad
Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his parents, the writer sees magic work on his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
When you're alone on the open road
A writer remembers long drives on Wyoming highways and laments the fact that fire destroyed the cafe at Mule Creek Junction, which often served as an oasis, especially in a winter blizzard.
The fall of an Arizona saguaro
The writer and his wife mourn the death of an old, giant saguaro cactus.
Spinning back the bison
The writer spins shed bison wool from a bison ranch into rich and beautiful yarn, and muses about the wild bison that once roamed her part of the West.

Book Reviews

Caution: Desert Tortoise Crossing
The BLM has published a brochure about the threatened desert tortoise to educate the public about the animal and how it should be treated if encountered.
A bigger picture
"Crown of the Canyons," an atlas compiled by the Wilderness Society, says the monument is part of a larger ecosystem that includes rural communities as well as other public lands.
Less climbing to the top
Some Oregon hikers are opposed to Mount Hood National Forest officials' proposal to drastically reduce the number of people allowed on 20 of the forest's most popular trails.
Opening lines of communication
Activist Elizabeth Tenney has founded a free electronic service, the Eastern Sierra Agenda Network, to help keep locals informed about area environmental issues.
Photography and the Old West
An exhibit, "Photography and the Old West," composed of 80 photographs from the second half of the 19th century, is showing through May 31 at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colo.
Sheep is Life
Weavers and shepherds convene for workshops and exhibits on June 24-26 at the Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz.
Fishtrap writers' conference
Writers gather for an annual conference June 27-July 2 or July 2-4 in Enterprise, Ore.
High Altitude Revegetation Field Tour
Sponsored by Colorado State University, a field tour takes place July 29-30 in northern New Mexico.
A free Web site links readers directly to Web sites of original news sources.
Fellowship for Environmental Conflict Resolution on the U.S.-Mexico Border
The Ford Foundation/Udall Center offers a paid opportunity for research, teaching and writing on environmental conflict resolution.
Conservation Voices
The Soil and Water Conservation's bi-monthly magazine has a new look.
Speaking out for God's forests
The Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation unites Christians and Jews in the struggle to save old-growth forests and end commercial logging on all public lands.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Ed Abbey's "enemies"; moose-poop paper; potatoes become upscale vodka in Idaho; sage grouse in love dislike voyeurs; garbage picked up near Lake Mead; Las Vegas' expensive palm trees; proposed new state mottos; gun debate cancelled by Colo. Legislature.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
New HCN Web site designer Chris Wehner; Ed Quillen: "I want my Columbine back"; potluck coming in Helena, Mont.


Another plug to pull?
In California, the Sierra Club wants to remove a dam and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley, once part of Yosemite National Park and now flooded by a reservoir that provides water to San Francisco.
Beware of orange clouds
Explosions set off in the course of coal mining in Wyoming's Powder River Basin create poisonous clouds of nitrogen oxide gases, which sometimes linger over the homes and schools of area residents.
Don't trust everything you see
Montana wildlife photographer Chuck Bartlebaugh teaches people how to "safely and responsibly enjoy wildlife" - something he believes some irresponsible photographers work against, by taking photos of people dangerously close to wild animals.
The Wayward West
Rep. Jim Hansen of Utah snatches bill HR 1500 from Utah Wilderness Coalition for his own bill; Wyo. Sen. Craig Thomas wants to stop gov't from getting more land; first radioactive waste goes to WIPP; Colo. House committee kills corporate hog-farming bill
Greens fight lonely battle near Yellowstone
Dubois, Wyo., environmentalists are frustrated by the lack of local interest in and opposition to the Forest Service's plans to open almost 1 million acres of the Shoshone National Forest to oil and gas exploration.
Wanted: HCPs with teeth
Some conservationists say that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposals for beefing up its Habitat Conservation Plans still do not go far enough to effectively protect endangered species on private lands.
Lynx reintroduction links unexpected allies
In Colorado, reintroduction of Canada lynx and the starvation of some of the animals has some conservationists agreeing with the livestock lobby's arguments that federal biologists rushed to bring in the lynx without due consideration.
State says no to new wildlife
The Colorado State Legislature passes a law requiring its consent before federal or state agencies can restore threatened and endangered species to Colorado.


The East Rosebud Trip
A poet meets a charging elk in Montana.


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