Magazine
The death of the Super Hopper

February 3, 2003

The disappearance of the Rocky Mountain locust -- which once swarmed the Plains like a biblical plague, only to die out entirely within decades --- holds serious lessons for humanity. Also in this issue: The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments.

Feature

The death of the Super Hopper
The death of the Super Hopper
The disappearance of the Rocky Mountain locust -- which once swarmed the Plains like a biblical plague, only to die out entirely within decades -- holds serious lessons for humanity

Essays

Living on the sharp edge of diversity
In a small Western Colorado town, dark-skinned people stand out with the clarity of bull’s-eyes.

Conversation

"But you don’t sound like a republican..."
Martha Marks of Republicans for Environmental Protection says conservatives have a duty to support conservation

Book Reviews

Nevada’s desert beauty
In The Black Rock Desert, writer William L. Fox and photographer Mark Klett visit a remarkable corner of northeastern Nevada
Removing Dams – Rebuilding Rivers
The history and impacts of dam removal are considered in Watershed: The Undamming of America by Elizabeth Grossman and Dam Removal: Science and Decision Making by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Light and love in Wyoming
Mark Spragg's first novel, The Fruit of Stone, is the story of a Western road trip that “runs like a hard back road, gorgeous and tricky.”
Dummy up and deal
In "Dummy Up and Deal," H. Lee Barnes gives readers a chance to peek behind the scenes in Las Vegas’ casinos.

Writers on the Range

The son of immigrants has a change of heart
A talk with the patriarch of a large Mexican family leads the writer to reconsider his former pro-immigration stance

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Future mayor caught in vandalism; discrimination against rich private jets in Idaho; Denver’s National Western Stock Show is bittersweet; 80-year-old great-grandmother runs marathons; don’t kiss rattlesnakes; “ecoroofs” in Portland, Ore.; “toys” from Cabe

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Survey results are in; HCN gets a makeover; new interns Sierra Standish and Jess Toubman

News

Road warriors back on the offensive
The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments
The Latest Bounce
BLM releases draft EIS on drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; Pentagon plans more exemptions to environmental laws; Terry Lynn Barton pleads guilty to Hayman Fire arson; Interior gives green light to coal-fired plant near Yellowstone; and st
Hispanic community takes on polluters
The working-class community of Barrio Logan, on the edge of downtown San Diego, successfully tackles a chrome-plating business that produces dangerous chemicals
A green light for methane development
In the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana, ranchers and environmentalists are fighting plans to drill up to 65,000 new coalbed methane wells
Project mixes suburbs with nature preserve
Albuquerque’s proposed community, Mesa del Sol, will be the Southwest’s largest “green development” – if it actually gets built
New lands boss takes the reins
Rancher Pat Lyons, a Republican, is the new head of the New Mexico State Land Office, and some environmentalists are worried about his plans

Letters

Land-use story gave Oregon a bad rap
Land-use story gave Oregon a bad rap
Oregon should put more land-use decisions in local hands
Oregon should put more land-use decisions in local hands
Tourism is a vast improvement over mining
Tourism is a vast improvement over mining
Mining, skiing leave labor in the dust
Mining, skiing leave labor in the dust
Amnesty for illegal immigrants
Amnesty for illegal immigrants
Republicans should take an honest look at Bush
Republicans should take an honest look at Bush
Real environmentalists don't support immigration
Real environmentalists don't support immigration
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