Road Block

December 4, 2000

When residents of the village of Tome, N.M., challenged plans for a nearby four-lane highway and bridge to facilitate the commute from Albuquerque to the suburbs, they took on New Mexico's huge "sprawl machine" - and won.


Road Block
When residents of the village of Tome, N.M., challenged plans for a nearby four-lane highway and bridge to facilitate the commute from Albuquerque to the suburbs, they took on New Mexico's huge "sprawl machine" - and won.


'Start letting mom pack that trunk'
In his own words, Bob Davey of the Valley Improvement Association explains the need for the highway and bridge through Tome, N.M.
'It's a clash of visions'
Tome resident Ray Garcia, president of the Historic Tome Adelino Neighborhood Association, talks about the vision behind his group.
'The bridge is only part of the puzzle'
Real estate agent and Valencia County Commissioner Alicia Aguilar talks about the need for planning in the county.
'No one is at the steering wheel'
Lora Lucero of the New Mexico chapter of the American Planning Association talks about the need to balance local, community control with state guidance in land-use planning.

Book Reviews

Rivers without water
WaterWatch's recent report, "Rivers Without Water: Oregon's Unnatural Disaster," offers suggestions for keeping more water in the state's streams and rivers.
A bird? A plane? It's the environmental air force
LightHawk, a nonprofit airline, uses its small planes to fly politicians, environmentalists and journalists over landscapes degraded by mining, clear-cutting and other uses.
Some Puget Sounders bet on the farm
In western Washington, a program called FarmLink connects prospective farmers with current farmers who would like to sell land.
Toxic bird feed
Oregon biologist James Larison has found that 46 percent of the ptarmigans he tested had toxic levels of the trace metal cadmium in their kidneys.
Tickling the green funny bone
The online environmental magazine "Grist" tries to keep a sense of humor in its work as a self-described "beacon in the smog."
A botanical El Dorado
"Mountains & Rivers: A Quarterly Journal of Natural History for the Klamath-Siskiyou Region" celebrates its region and the creatures that inhabit it through essays, poetry, reports and artwork.
Final roadless plan drives Clinton's legacy
The Forest Service has released its final version of a plan to limit road-building on nearly one-third of the nation's national forest.
Yosemite shuffles into a new era
Yosemite National Park has a new management plan intended to reduce traffic and restore habitat, by using 500 buses to shuttle visitors through the park, among other changes.
"Backtracking: By Foot, Canoe and Subaru on the Lewis and Clark Trail" by Benjamin Long describes how the author and his wife quit their jobs to hit the road, retracing the journey of Lewis and Clark.
Ferrets are back in town
The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe is trying to restore endangered black-footed ferrets to the South Dakota reservation.
Saving Places 2001
Colorado Preservation Inc.'s conference, "Saving Places 2001," focuses on preserving historic and diverse cultural sites, Feb. 2-3, in Denver.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Robert Shields' minutia-filled diaries; Nat'l Assn. of Squash Artillery; bears in Aspen; Virgin, Utah, gun mandate; BYU vs. multi-pierced ears; Dona Nieto vs. loggers; ORVs on interstate median strips?; wearable laptops from England.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Stop the presses!; David Lavender turns 90; Tom Bell and Bruce Babbitt; visitors.


Grizzlies invited back to the Bitterroot
To ease the process of reintroducing grizzly bears to the Bitterroot Mountains on the Montana-Idaho border, the Fish and Wildlife Service is setting up a citizen management panel to give locals a voice in the project.
The latest bounce
Maria Cantwell beats Slade Gorton in Wash. Senate race; Democrats plow reservation roads in MT; Wyo. state Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux charged with voter fraud; Ariz. House Speaker Jeff Groscost, R, ousted; Boulder, Colo., voters ax low-cost housing.
Ranchers take law into their own hands
Utah ranchers take back cattle impounded by the BLM from grazing allotments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Animas-La Plata staggers on
The latest version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project passed the Senate and could become a rider on spending legislation when Congress resumes Dec. 5.
Are the stars out tonight?
Moab, Utah, is trying to regulate commercial light pollution to keep glare out of the night sky over area parks.
Fish fight fowl for water
Delivery of Klamath River water to California's Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was cut off this fall in order to keep the river flowing for endangered species and farmers.
Don't go away mad, just go away
Idaho state BLM director Martha Hahn has told employees for their own safety to avoid encounters with Jon Marvel of the Idaho Watershed Project.
Last chance for the whitebark pine
The whitebark pine is in steep decline in the mountains on the Idaho-Montana border.
Alliance for Justice
The nonprofit Alliance for Justice has published a handbook telling nonprofits how to use their funds to influence legislation and lobbying.
Cattle grazing hurts
According to a recent review of research in the "Western North American Naturalist journal," Allison Jones of the Wild Utah Project says grazing hurts arid ecosystems.
Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Feb. 16-19, 2001, sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology.


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