Magazine
Transforming powers

June 18, 2001

The Bonneville Power Administration has long provided the Northwest -- especially its aluminum industry -- with some of the cheapest public power, but drought, endangered salmon and the deregulated electricity market may just change all that.

Feature

Transforming powers
The Bonneville Power Administration has long provided the Northwest -- especially its aluminum industry -- with some of the cheapest public power, but drought, endangered salmon and the deregulated electricity market may just change all that.

Sidebar

An energy boom hits Northwest towns
Sumas, Wash., residents stopped permit approval of a proposed gas-fired power plant their city council had welcomed, but National Energy Service Co. will refile, addressing environmental concerns, and this time it may go through.

Essays

A bird from the past, a warning for the future
An encounter at Grand Canyon with a young California condor leads the writer to consider how - and why - we need to bring back this very endangered species.

Book Reviews

Birds for a feather
The Pueblo of Zuni has built a state-of-the-art aviary for disabled and domesticated golden eagles, which will provide the feathers the tribe needs for cultural and religious purposes.
'Alternative to Madness'
John Brooner and Sandi Rizzo's film, "Alternative to Madness," documents the annual spring anti-nuclear gathering on the Nevada Test Site of the Western Shoshone and Shundahai Network.
Banging the drum for change
Janet Robideau of the Northern Cheyenne tribe founded the Indian People's Action to advocate for Montana's Indians on issues such as public education, law enforcement, affordable housing and health care.
Soul food on the range
"Fresh, Organic and Native Foods of the Colorado Plateau" is a directory to the farmers' markets and restaurants in the Four Corners where such foods can be found.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Redi Kilowatt speaks out for energy conservation; satire lists Cheney's tips for conservation; losing library books; Rattlesnake Roundup in Alamogordo, N.M.; fun puns; N.M. State Police vs. suspicious truck.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Paonia's HCN board meeting discusses controversial Writers on the Range, need for new accounting software, HCN's new media's financial needs, and new story ideas; visitor/writer Ben Long interviewed for Radio HCN; Gloria Flora injured in car accident.

News

Surprise! Boise votes for open space
In conservative Idaho, Boise residents vote to tax themselves to conserve open space and stave off sprawl in the foothills.
The Latest Bounce
Fran Mainella tapped to head NPS; Bruce Babbitt and Ahmanson Ranch, Calif.; firefighters needed for summer; Rosebud Sioux can't prevent hog farm; family buys 80 percent of Salt Lake Tribune to keep Deseret News from taking it over.
Montana shock jock stokes the fires of fear
In Kalispell, Mont., "shock jock" John Stokes owns radio station KGEZ and uses it as a platform for his virulent, far-right attacks on environmentalism and other issues.
Jeffords proves the West is part of the USA
The power shift in the Senate caused by John Jeffords' exit from the GOP won't turn the world upside-down but does rock it, as Western conservatives suddenly lose chairmanship of committees.
University wolf study raises hackles
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation is angry at University of Utah professor Robert Schmidt, whose class recently studied the biological and economic effects of a hypothetical wolf population in the state.
Tribe tussles over target range
The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes on the Fort Belknap reservation in Montana are split on the Montana Air National Guard's proposal to drop dummy bombs on tribal trust land.
Arizona waffles on wolves
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission wants to pull the plug on Mexican wolf reintroduction.
Indian rock art under the drill?
Crow Indians fear that rock art will be opened up to vandalism if Anschutz Exploration Co. drills an exploratory oil well and upgrades an access road in Montana's Weatherman Draw.
Politics sink growth management
Colorado is no closer to managing its growth problems after a ballot initiative failed and a dozen legislative bills crashed into a partisan impasse.
A seminal sprawl fight ends in compromise
A six-year fight over the Canoa Ranch south of Tucson ended in compromise, with development to take place but 4,800 acres of open space to be preserved.

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