September 30, 2002
California's sprawling San Joaquin-Sacramento river delta has been mercilessly shaped by agriculture and water-development projects. A massive $8.7 billion plan holds hope for restoring the Delta and helping sate California's growing thirst, but political infighting and a lack of funding have clouded the project's future. Also in this issue:</b> In central New Mexico's Sandia and Manzano mountains, drought, hunting and traffic accidents have cut black bear populations in half. But for the second year in the row, the state's Department of Game and Fish has extended the bear hunting season.
- Paul Bratton on It’s time to end Custer worship
- Deb Dedon on A California Hotshot photographs his life fighting wildfires
- Deb Dedon on Rants from the Hill: Watching the desert flood
- Deb Dedon on Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
- Michael/Teresa Newberry on The desert doesn’t need this “City”