Magazine
Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man

August 2, 1999

Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.

Feature

Jon Marvel vs. the Marlboro Man
Jon Marvel, Hailey, Idaho, architect, founded the Idaho Watersheds Project to target public-lands grazing, but his notoriously in-your-face, confrontational style has roused a lot of controversy along the way.

Sidebar

'My response is reasonable'
In his own words, Jon Marvel explains why he thinks his response to public-lands ranching is reasonable.
'Jon Marvel is the wing nut'
Emmett, Idaho, rancher Brad Little says that environmental activist Jon Marvel is abusing the system in his attempt to end all ranching, not just public-lands ranching.
'We're trying to turn up the heat'
Land and Water Fund lawyer Laird Lucas defends Jon Marvel's work against public-lands ranching.
'I think we can work with ranchers'
In his own words, retired Air Force pilot and environmentalist Herb Meyr discusses working with ranchers one-to-one vs. Jon Marvel's combative tactics.

Book Reviews

Wild Rockies Rendezvous
14th Wild Rockies Rendezvous is to be held Sept. 17-19 near Missoula, Mont.
Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century
"Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century" is again available on CD-ROM.
Montana Governor's Range Tour
Six ranches around Jordan, Mont., comprise the Montana Governor's Range Tour Sept. 8-9, highlighting successful ranch management techniques.
Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
Field trips are being organized by Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.
From Como Bluff to Cultural Icon: Our Enduring Fascination with Dinosaurs
An exhibit on dinosaurs is being held through Nov. 14 at the University of Wyoming's Art Museum in Laramie.

Perspective

The river comes last
The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.
The quiet Takings Project is trespassing on democracy
The Takings Project and its mastermind, law professor Richard Epstein, are trying to put a stop to any federal or state regulation of business and property, and despite their flawed reasoning, many conservative judges are under their influence.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Gay rodeo in Aurora, Colo.; "Sports Afield" goes yuppie; "Twisty Cats"; no joking in Vail; "artificial wilderness experience"; advice in "Earth First!" from "Uncle Ramon"; threatening cowboy poetry at the Utah capitol.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Radio HCN; summer visitors; Professor Don Sullivan explains the geography of the Grand Mesa; correction on Tom Chapman story.

News

Politicians talk tough
Colorado's congressional delegation calls for a get-tough policy toward real estate developer Tom Chapman after a billboard advertising lots for sale appears on the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.
Gambling with the future?
Some members of the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico fear that plans to add a resort hotel and casino will bankrupt the tribe, especially since the tribe's existing casino is already in financial trouble.
Poisoning a stream back to life
A plan to avoid listing the westslope cutthroat trout as an endangered species would poison a stream to kill all its non-native fish; Cherry Creek runs across Ted Turner's Montana ranch, but opposition to it and Turner, who favors the plan, has arisen.
Old growth by the numbers
Idaho environmentalists dispute the Clearwater National Forest's claim to have fulfilled a pledge to set aside 10 percent of the forest in old-growth reserves.
The Wayward West
Anonymous donor saves Loomis State Forest, Wash.; no sponsors in Congress for proposed Sonoran national park; John Leshy optimistic over 1872 Mining Law reform; Sen. Ben Campbell doubles timber sales in Colo.; Yellowstone dumps sewage in park meadow.
Tribes find a future in the past
The Northern Plains Bison Education Network works to teach bison management to Native Americans at tribal colleges, in an attempt to pair economic development with traditional beliefs.
DDT doesn't just fade away
Almost 50 years after biologists dumped DDT on Yellowstone Park to kill the spruce budworm moth, traces of the pesticide remain in the ecosystem.
A disaster puts spotlight on pipeline safety
The explosion of a gasoline pipeline in Bellingham, Wash., which killed three people, leads the Olympic Pipe Line Co. to withdraw its plan to build the Cross Cascade Pipeline.
No luck for this lynx
A reintroduced lynx dies on Vail Pass, and some say the fact that the animal traveled 200 miles to get there proves that the Vail area is prime lynx habitat.
Protests proceed at Vail
Nine protesters are arrested for trying to block an access road in the White River National Forest in an attempt to halt the controversial expansion of the Vail Ski Area.
Weighing artifacts against gold
The BLM orders a two-year moratorium on a cyanide heap-leach gold mine planned by Glamis Imperial Corp. for land in California near Yuma, Ariz., that the Quechan Indians say is sacred.
Life in the dead zone
Scientists are studying the microbes found in the Berkeley Pit at Butte, Mont., to see if their survival in water that is like battery acid can lead to a way to clean up the pit.

Opinion

Tom Chapman: A small-town boy who made good
Modern-day "robber barons" such as Tom Chapman will continue to blackmail taxpayers by threatening to develop wilderness and park inholdings - unless land-management agencies summon the will to fight back.

Letters

High Country News Classifieds
  • NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
    All positions available: Sales Representative, Accountant and Administrative Assistant. As part of our expansion program, our University is looking for part time work from home...
  • COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
    Position Title: Communications Associate Director Location: Flexible within the Western U.S., Durango, CO preferred Position reports to: Senior Communications Director The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF)...
  • HISTORIC HOTEL & CAFE
    For Sale, 600k, Centennial Wyoming, 6 suites plus 2 bed, 2 bath apartment. www.themountainviewhotel.com Make this your home or buy a turn key hotel [email protected]
  • MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER
    High Country News, an award-winning news organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks a Major Gifts Officer to join our...
  • RUBY, ARIZONA CARETAKER
    S. Az ghost town seeking full-time caretaker. Contact [email protected] for details.
  • VICE PRESIDENT, LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION
    Basic Summary: The Vice President for Landscape Conservation is based in the Washington, D.C., headquarters and oversees Defenders' work to promote landscape-scale wildlife conservation, focusing...
  • BRISTOL BAY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Seeking a program director responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the Alaska Chapter's priority strategy for conservation in the Bristol Bay region of...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The National Bighorn Sheep Center is looking for an Executive Director to take us forward into the new decade with continued strong leadership and vision:...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Powder Basin Watershed Council, based in Baker City, Oregon, seeks a new Executive Director with a passion for rural communities, water, and working lands....
  • CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Type: Permanent, fulltime Reports to: Executive Director Travel: Some overnight travel, both in-state and out-of-state required Compensation (beginning): $44,000 to 46,500/yr., DOE plus excellent benefits...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Powder River Basin Resource Council, a progressive non-profit conservation organization based in Sheridan, Wyoming, seeks an Executive Director, preferably with grassroots organizing experience, excellent communication...
  • ADOBE HOME
    Passive solar adobe home in high desert of central New Mexico. Located on a 10,000 acre cattle ranch.
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, based in Ely, Nevada is looking for a new executive director to replace the long-time executive director who is retiring at...
  • STEVE HARRIS, EXPERIENCED PUBLIC LANDS/ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY
    Comment Letters - Admin Appeals - Federal & State Litigation - FOIA -
  • LISA MACKEY PHOTOGRAPHY
    Fine Art Gicle Printing. Photo papers, fine art papers, canvas. Widths up to 44". Art printing by an artist.
  • LOG HOME IN THE GILA WILDERNESS
    Beautiful hand built log home in the heart of the Gila Wilderness on five acres. Please email for PDF of pictures and a full description.
  • CARETAKER
    2.0 acre homestead needing year-round caretaker in NE Oregon. Contact [email protected] for details.
  • SEEKING PROPERTY FOR BISON HERD
    Seeking additional properties for a herd of 1,000 AUM minimum. Interested in partnering with landowners looking to engage in commercial and/or conservation bison ranching. Location...
  • COPPER STAIN: ASARCO'S LEGACY IN EL PASO
    Tales from scores of ex-employees unearth the human costs of an economy that runs on copper.
  • EXPERT LAND STEWART
    Available for site conservator, property manager. View resume at http://skills.ojadigital.net.