The Wayward West

  New York-based copper producer Asarco Inc. said Oct. 25 that it has signed an agreement to merge with Mexico's largest copper company, Grupo Mexico (HCN, 4/13/98). Total value of the deal is $1.18 billion. The copper industry has been consolidating in reaction to a global oversupply of the metal and record low prices earlier this year. Phelps Dodge Corp. of Phoenix had a short-lived deal to acquire rival Asarco; now it will turn its attention to completing acquisition of Cyprus Amax Mine Co.


Vail Associates must close a road it built illegally through a wetland, the EPA said Oct. 22 (HCN, 8/2/99). The closure means trucks hauling logs from the resort's controversial Category III expansion will be rerouted through the village of Vail. Residents and Mayor Rob Ford are protesting the EPA's decision. They claim the increased traffic will tarnish Vail's image.


Thanks to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, friends of the Loomis Forest now have the extra $3.4 million they need to protect 25,000 acres of state forest in north-central Washington (HCN, 10/25/99). The billionaire provided the funds through a gift from the Paul G. Allen Forest Protection Foundation.


Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt say the long gridlock over some potential wilderness areas in Utah may be over (HCN, 7/6/98). Both have agreed to the basic outline of a wilderness bill introduced by Utah Rep. Jim Hansen, R. The bill designates about 1.1 million acres of BLM land in the West Desert as wilderness. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says it's not enough. It wants to see 2.6 million acres of the West Desert protected as wilderness.


About 30 endangered black-footed ferrets were released Oct. 21 near Vernal, Utah, where they can feed on prairie dogs (HCN, 3/15/99). Once feared extinct, these ferrets remain one of the rarest mammals in North America.


* Ali Macalady and


Karen Mockler
High Country News Classifieds
  • MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
    For more information visit www. wyofile.com/careers/
  • THRIVING LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE FOR SALE
    Turn-key business opportunity. Successful well established business with room to grow. Excellent highway visibility.
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    For more information, visit www.wyofile.com/careers/
  • SONORAN INSTITUTE, CEO
    Chief Executive Officer Tucson, Arizona ABOUT SONORAN INSTITUTE Since 1990, the Sonoran Institute has brought together diverse interests to successfully forge effective and enduring conservation...
  • STAFF ATTORNEY
    STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION OPENING www.westernlaw.org/about-us/clinic-interns-careers The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a high-impact, nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 27-year legacy using...
  • PROJECT MANAGER
    Position Summary Join our Team at the New Mexico Land Conservancy! We're seeking a Project Manager who will work to protect land and water across...
  • 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...
  • DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT AND MARKETING
    High Country News seeks a Director of Product and Marketing to join our senior team during an exciting chapter of innovation and growth. This individual...
  • WILDLIFE HAVEN
    Beautiful acreage with Teton Creek flowing through it. Springs and ponds, lots of trees, moose and deer. Property has barn. Easy access. approx. 33 acres.
  • ARIZONA CONSERVATION CORPS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Arizona Conservation Corps is seeking a Program Director in Flagstaff or Tucson
  • 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.
  • CONSERVATIONIST? IRRIGABLE LAND?
    Stellar seed-saving NGO is available to serious partner. Package must include financial support. Details: http://seeds.ojaidigital.net.
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • WESTERN NATIVE SEED
    Specializing in native seeds and seed mixes for western states.
  • CHUCK BURR'S CULTUREQUAKE.COM BLOG
    Change will happen when we see a new way of living. Thinking to save the world.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • OJO CALIENTE COMMERCIAL VENTURE
    Outstanding location near the world famous Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort. Classic adobe Mercantile complete w/living quarters, separate 6 unit B&B, metal building and spacious...