Magazine
Shadow Creatures

October 28, 2002

Tenacious animals like crows and coyotes have made a home for themselves in the suburbs - and even downtown areas - of places like Seattle and Phoenix. Can we make cities friendlier for less-adaptable species? Also in this issue: Hunters turn out in record numbers as Colorado tries to figure out just how serious the chronic wasting disease outbreak is.

Feature

Shadow creatures
Wildlife biologist John Marzluff is fascinated by the crows and other adaptable wild animals that have made a comfortable home for themselves in the suburbs and even downtown areas of Western cities such as Seattle.

Sidebar

Rural residents bring fierce friends
Wildlife biologists are looking at the ways animals adapt -- or fail to adapt -- to developed areas outside of cities, such as campgrounds, rural subdivisions and ranchlands.

Essays

Small-town determination at 25 percent off
People of Powell, Wyo., resurrects their own department store.

Book Reviews

Yellowstone goes retro
Yellowstone National Park wants to reintroduce the old yellow convertible buses that were used to carry park tourists back in the 1920s.
Revisiting Alcatraz
PBS plans to broadcast an award-winning film, Alcatraz is not an Island, about the occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late '60s by Native American activists.
Does dam breaching make cents?
Two studies have come out, taking different sides on the question of breaching three dams on Hells Canyon on the Snake River, one by Idaho Power Company and the other by the RAND think tank.
A rez-to-rez film debut
Skins, Chris Eyre's new film about two brothers on the Pine Ridge Reservation, debuted on reservations across the country in a mobile cinema trailer.
An activist who never let up
Jeannette Rankin: America's Conscience by Norma Smith records the courageous and controversial life of the first woman elected to Congress.

Writers on the Range

The message of 30,000 dead salmon
The 30,000 salmon that died in the Klamath River recently died because the Bush administration decided that fish do not need water after all.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
GI Joe's gun confiscated; model prisoner steals; candidate turns blue; handshaking record set; "My governor is stupider; corrections; Viagra climbs mountains; advice on wolves; polygamist's prolific pallbearers; and crazy about canines.

Dear Friends

Asking hard questions
Whitman College students ask HCN hard questions; more visitors; congratulations to Don Sampson, Rebecca Clarren, Gretchen Nicholoff and Rita Murphy.
Farewell, Blazin' Ben
One-time Olympic runner Ben Eastman dies at the age of 91 in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Popular historian passes on
Best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose, who wrote about the West and worked to save its rivers, dies at the age of 66.

News

Deer, elk disease doesn't scare hunters
Colorado hunters do not seem to be deterred by recent tests that show chronic wasting disease to be more widespread than previously thought.
The Latest Bounce
BLM allows seismic exploration gas in Utah; Chemical Depot ordered to cease test burns; Colorado streams hit record lows; Sen. Chuck Grassley asks why ranger was pulled; and National Treasury Employees Union says no control of employees' politics
Bush undermines bedrock environmental law
The Bush administration says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be "streamlined," but conservationists say the act is in danger of being "steamrolled."
Forests could lose environmental review
Some congressional conservatives are trying to eliminate the analysis of forest-thinning projects that is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Jet Ski riders circle the wagons
In November, personal watercraft will be banned from Lake Powell and seven other Western reservoirs while the Park Service completes an environmental review of the machines' impacts.
Nuclear dump may be supersized
Eight years before it is likely to open, the planned nuclear waste dump in Nevada's Yucca Mountain already appears to be full - and the amount of nuclear waste around the country in need of a home continues to grow.
Bush's war on terrorism comes West
Some locals are worried about plans to expand the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont., into a "biosafety 4" facility capable of handling the kind of deadly microbes likely to be used in bioterrorist attacks against the U.S.
Judges rule gas leases are illegal
Three judges say the BLM illegally leased coalbed methane rights in Wyoming's Powder River Basin without evaluating impacts - a ruling environmentalists say could affect similar leases across the West.

Letters

High Country News Classifieds
  • GRAND CANYON DIRECTOR
    The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust's work...
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the organization's general operations. This includes phone and email communications, office correspondence and...
  • HISTORIC LODGE AND RESTAURANT - FULLY EQUIPPED
    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
  • ONE WILL: THREE WIVES
    by Edith Tarbescu. "One Will: Three Wives" is packed with a large array of interesting suspects, all of whom could be a murderer ... a...
  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SALAZAR CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION
    The Program Director will oversee the programmatic initiatives of The Salazar Center, working closely with the Center's Director and staff to engage the world's leading...
  • WILDEARTH GUARDIANS - WILD PLACES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000. Location: Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT or potentially elsewhere for the right person. Application Review: on a rolling basis....
  • RIVER EDUCATOR/GUIDE + TRIP LEADER
    Position Description: Full-time seasonal positions (mid-March through October) Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10 year old nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of...
  • BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Position Description: Part-time, year-round bookkeeping and administration position (12 - 16 hours/week) $16 - $18/hour DOE Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10...
  • LAND STEWARD
    San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks a full-time Land Steward to manage and oversee its conservation easement monitoring and stewardship program for 42,437 acres in...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director. The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education,...
  • GRANT WRITER
    "We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Development Director is responsible for organizing and launching a coherent set of development activities to build support for the Natural History Institute's programs and...
  • WILDLIFE PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation helps protect and conserve water, wildlife and wild lands in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by supporting organizations and people who...
  • TRUSTEE AND PHILANTHROPY RELATIONS MANGER,
    Come experience Work You Can Believe In! The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is seeking a Trustee and Philanthropy Relations Manager. This position is critical to...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT FRIENDS OF CEDAR MESA
    -The Land, History, and People of the Bears Ears Region- The Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa region is one of the most beautiful, complex, diverse,...
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
    Position will remain open until January 31, 2021 Join Our Team! The New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is a non-profit land trust organization dedicated to...
  • OLIVERBRANCH CONSULTING
    Non-Profit Management Professional specializing in Transitional Leadership, Strategic Collaborations, Communications and Grant Management/Writing.
  • GREAT VIEWS, SMALL FOOTPRINT
    Close to town but with a secluded feel, this eco-friendly home includes solar panels, a graywater reuse system, tankless hot water, solar tubes, and rainwater...