Magazine
Change comes slowly to Escalante county

April 14, 2003

Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition. Also in this issue: Conservationists say it’s too soon for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare that wolves are no longer endangered.

Feature

Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition

Sidebar

Monument presents a management morass
In Arizona’s Ironwood Forest National Monument, ranchers, recreationists and illegal immigrants are all fighting for space
The BLM’s conservation kingdom
The BLM’s new National Landscape Conservation System manages 15 monuments created by President Clinton, as well as 800 other protected areas

Editor's Note

Reopening the wounds in southern Utah
It’s time for the people of southern Utah to accept that the West has changed, and that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is here to stay

Essays

Republicans wave guns, but where’s the butter?
Back in the 1960s, both guns and butter were part of the agenda in the Interior West and the nation; now, as a talk by Colorado Rep. Scott McInnis reveals, guns seem to be the only thing the Bush administration cares about
Of avalanche forecasting and snow haiku
A day spent on skis with avalanche forecaster Jerry Roberts is filled with stellar crystals, snow haiku and unexpected beauty

Conversation

The Northwest’s diehard diplomat
Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber talks about resolving political conflict in the West – and in the world

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Will Highway 666 get a new name?; Nevada’s "Armpit of America" celebrates; taxing brothels; student sayings from the Web; Santa Fe’s "Path of the Painted Potties;" South Dakota searches world for dairy farmers; and Santa Barbara County tries to decide whe

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Your chance to weigh in on the redesign; Deb French is new outreach director; and Betsy and Ed Marston are still here

News

Debate rages over ‘de-listing’ wolves
Conservationists say it’s too soon for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare that wolves are no longer endangered
The Latest Bounce
The "American Wilderness Protection Act" will end protection of wilderness study areas; reinstatement of "polluter pays" tax loses in Congress; Fence Lake Mine in New Mexico to begin construction; Homeland Security wallows up INS, Border Patrol and other
Grass roots prevail in ANWR and Wyoming
Grassroots activism is credited with once more staving off drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest
Forest thinning slows fires, increases concerns
Forest thinning and prescribed burns helped slow the progress of Colorado’s Hayman Fire, but some environmentalists fear forest thinning will be used to justify increased logging
Westlands farmers sell out
The federal government has decided to buy out California’s Westlands Water District
Fate of the Red Desert up in the air
A new BLM plan could re-open the door to oil and gas drilling in the Jack Morrow Hills, the heart of Wyoming’s Red Desert
Tribes, residents find a solution in the Sandias
Land in New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains that has been fought over by the Sandia Pueblo, the federal government and private landowners will stay part of the national forest under the T’uf Shur Bien Preservation Act
Off-roaders steer agencies with dollars
Critics say Idaho is being swayed by ORVers’ money in its plans for an off-road vehicle trail through the Lost River Valley

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