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Bad moon rising

December 17, 2001

Back in the '70s, Montana led the way in progressive environmental legislation, but now with its economy faltering, those laws are being eviscerated, and environmentalists need to find a new strategy.

Feature

Bad moon rising
Back in the '70s, Montana led the way in progressive environmental legislation, but now with its economy faltering, those laws are being eviscerated, and environmentalists need to find a new strategy.

Sidebar

'We don't rest ... on economics'
In his own words, activist Bob Decker talks about Montana's environmental groups and the struggle they face in their state.
'We better start moving ahead'
In his own words, Libby, Mont., accountant Wayne Hirst talks about how Montana environmentalists went wrong.
Ranchers' group adopts practical strategy
The Northern Plains Resource Council is unique among Montana environmental groups in that it was founded by cattle ranchers, who still make up half the membership.

Essays

Cybermapping the West - a new view
A ramble through cyberspace paints an interesting "cybermap" of the West on the Web.

Book Reviews

Tribe's pines fetch clean air credits
London-based Sustainable Forestry Management will get carbon dioxide emissions credits for funding the Flathead Indian Reservation's work replanting ponderosa pines on 250 burned acres of the Montana reservation.
National grasslands up for review
Conservationists say a draft environmental impact statement on Northern Plains grasslands opens up too much land to the oil and gas industry.
Audible biodiversity
The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has released a CD called "The Diversity of Animal Sounds," which features the sounds of a variety of creatures from all over the world.
The Buffalo War: a maelstrom of Western issues
Matthew Testa's new documentary, "The Buffalo War," looks from all different sides at the controversial killing of Yellowstone National Park's straying buffalo.
Economics with a heart, but no soul
In their new book, "Post-Cowboy Economics: Pay and Prosperity in the New American West," Univ. of Mont. economists Thomas Michael Power and Richard N. Barrett offer an optimistic but fundamentally flawed view of Montana's economy.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Milk is cool in Idaho; cheese artiste Cosimo Cavallaro's Powell, Wyo., project; suspect caught in manure; disappearing N.M.; Utah photographer Michael Fatali sets fires under Delicate Arch; expensive Aspen babysitting; bear-feeder's car fed on by bears.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Winter break; Ray Ring writes on Montana; good books and such; visitors; Radio HCN update; HCN gets honorable mention for John B. Oakes award.
Tommie Bell: Supporter and sustainer
Muriel "Tommie" Bell, wife and partner of HCN founder Tom Bell, is fondly remembered as a strong, loving, sustaining woman.

News

Gold may bury tribe's path to its past
The Quechan tribe is fighting the Bush administration's revival of a controversial mine in California's southern Mojave Desert, where Glamis Gold Ltd. plans to mine gold on a site sacred to the tribe.
The Latest Bounce
ANWR drilling plan derailed in Congress; four dams on Lower Snake won't be breached; Montana game rancher Lew Wallace says he'll shoot his elk; Rocky Flats cleanup hits South Carolina roadblock; lawless Thanksgiving in Imperial Sand Dunes, Calif.
Protecting Arizona's underground wonderland
Arizona State Parks is fighting a proposal resort near Benson, Ariz., which some fear could harm the nearby Kartchner Caverns.
GAO drops a bomb on Yucca Mountain
A General Accounting Office audit recommends that Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham wait several years to make a decision on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, until studies are complete and serious questions answered.
A crowded Washington wilderness gets ugly
Activist Martha Hall accuses area outfitters of trashing northern Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, which has been discovered and overrun by recreationists.
Quincy collaboration heads to court
The Quincy Library Group plans a lawsuit to challenge the Sierra Nevada Framework, which the group says has "killed" its own collaborative plan for national forest management.
A price tag for protest
The Oregon Department of Forestry wants to charge protesters for timber that can't be cut in forests such as the Tillamook, where tree-sitting activists have held longtime protests.
Pesky pike persist
Exotic pike have reappeared in California's Lake Davis, just 18 months after the lake was poisoned in a controversial plan, and now the state is considering underwater explosions to keep the pike from heading downstream.
Ridgetop home may be toppled
In Park City, Utah, county planners are fighting to stop Bruce Daley's planned hilltop home, and Daley is fighting back with a lawsuit against Summit County.
Griz numbers a mixed bag
Federal biologists say the threatened Yellowstone grizzly population is healthy and increasing, but conservationists say the bears still face many long-term risks.
Show me the water
The California state assembly says developers will have to prove they have water rights before they receive final approval for new subdivisions.
No go on state land reform
Citing internal disagreement, a coalition has abandoned plans to put an initiative to preserve Arizona state trust lands on the 2002 ballot.

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