Magazine
Beyond the Revolution

April 10, 2000

In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

Feature

Beyond the Revolution
In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

Uncommon Westerners

The beauty of self-reliance
Bike-shop owner Portia Masterson meets Paonia bike-cop Neal Schwieterman.

Essays

The West's power game
In the changing political and socio-economic realities of the West, different groups need to learn to listen to each other.
Indian reservations: Environmental refuge or homeland?
The West's Indian reservations need help in building sustainable economies if their wildlife and landscapes are to be preserved, along with their tribal rights.
The Old West is small potatoes in the new economy
In the New West, local and state governments can't compete with huge multinational corporations.
How to get right side up again
Northern New Mexico's small farmers would thrive if the United States quit favoring and subsidizing corporate agriculture.
Notes from a fence-sitter
An environmentalist with a Wyoming ranching background tries to find common ground between greens and cowboys who both love the land.
In search of a politics of union
In the West, a search for the politics of union is threatened by runaway litigation and advocacy groups that refuse to compromise.
The infinite West reaches its limits
In the West, the culture of the infinite comes up against the growing culture of the finite, which says we must adapt to nature and accept limits.
Learning to think like a region
As regionalism grows, Westerners find that environmental issues have less and less to do with political boundaries.

Book Reviews

An industry booster becomes a supporter of Western land
Alvin Josephy's memoir, "A Walk Toward Oregon," describes his journey from "Time" journalist to Western historian and environmentalist.
A new generation comes to terms with Lake Powell
Jared Farmer's book, "Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country," takes a fascinating look at lost Glen Canyon and the big lake that covered it.
Environmental Justice in Natural Resources
A two-day workshop is being offered at the University of Colorado in Boulder on environmental justice in natural resources.
Earth Day 2000, April 22
Earth Day 2000 events scheduled April 22 all over the West.
High Desert Conference
The 22nd annual High Desert Conference takes place April 27-30 in Burns, Oregon.
Northern Arizona Book Festival
Twenty authors, including environmental writers, will be featured at the Northern Arizona Book Festival, April 28-30, in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Protect wildland ecosystems
The 3rd Annual Natural Resources Laws Conference takes place May 7-8, 2000 at Montana State University in Bozeman.
Mining is desecrating the Western landscape
The Mineral Policy Center is holding a photo contest to show that mining is desecrating the Western landscape.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Conflict resolution will be the focus of a conference, May 16-19, at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Dr. Bruce Hayse's underwater snowmobile adventure in Jackson, Wyo.; Tlingit Barbie; two young cougars roam Salt Lake City; Jackson Hole vs. monster houses; Colorado Springs developer vs. democracy.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Former interns Matt Klingle, Ann Vileisis and Bob Wilson; HCN reader survey.

News

Incinerator plans go up in smoke
Following protests by downwinder Jackson, Wyo., residents, the Department of Energy agrees to scrap nuclear-waste incineration plans at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.
Zion takes tourists out of their cars
Utah's Zion National Park, one of the nation's most popular, has become the first Western park to replace cars with a shuttle bus system in its most heavily visited area.
Gentlemen, stop your engines!
The Park Service has begun to restrict motorized recreation in many national parks, banning tourist flights, personal watercraft and snowmobiles in some areas and working to reduce auto congestion.
The Wayward West
The Conservation Fund preserves open space in Colo.; Idaho coalition sues USFS over roadless policy; Western GOPs seek 10-year deadline for designating wilderness; judge rules four Lower Snake dams must comply with Clean Water Act; Canada lynx is listed.
Reclaiming a golden landscape
In a precedent-setting move, a Montana judge says that the Golden Sunlight Mine has to reclaim land whether or not it's made a profit on mining.
A letter fans the flames
A letter from Elko County District Attorney Gary Woodbury advised Nevada businesses to not sell to or serve Forest Service employees.
Boss must pay for poisoning employee
In a precedent-setting case, Allan Elias is convicted of "knowing endangerment" for exposing employee Scott Dominguez to cyanide in an accident that damaged his nervous system.
Water deal could drain New Mexico's small towns
Santa Fe County's desire to buy water from Top of the World farms in the San Luis Valley has northern New Mexico farmers worried that their water rights will be endangered.

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