Magazine
The One-Party West

April 12, 2004

With the Interior West almost exclusively Republican territory, "Democrats for the West," a coalition of leaders, have issued a challenge to fellow Democrats to create sustainable Democratic majorities. Also in this issue: While mountain lions receive bad press for what some say is increasing aggression against humans, experts say that humans may be the real problem. Lion killing in most Western states is increasing, and biologists say no state has ever had a sound population estimate for the animals. Without sound data, politics often plays into determining hunting quotas.

Feature

The One-Party West
With the Interior West almost exclusively Republican territory, "Democrats for the West," a coalition of leaders, have issued a challenge to fellow Democrats to create sustainable Democratic majorities

Sidebar

Republicans need to claim the environmental middle ground
Republican leaders, now holding the reins in Western politics, are better equipped to meet the challenges faced in the West and in the nation, according to the writer

Editor's Note

In search of political dialogue
Our theory that newcomers would, over time, change the political landscape to one more progressive in outlook, needs revision

Uncommon Westerners

Wrecking homes for open space: Philanthropist Jennifer Speers
Jennifer Speers, a Salt Lake city resident with a legacy from her great-grandfather of stopping development along the Palisades in New York and New Jersey and a strong bent toward conservation, buys the Rio Colorado property, and pulls down Moab developer

Essays

Die, baby harp seal!
Environmental groups’ calendar portrayals of the beleaguered harp seal are too pretty and too hackneyed to convince humans that the race must see beyond its own wants if it is to hold off the end of nature

Book Reviews

A city we can live with
Emile Buchwald’s Toward the Livable City offers essays and art to entice readers toward the antidote to suburban sprawl – sustainable, vital, high-density cities
Calendar
The environment's 'most durable foe'
Historian Steven C. Schulte’s new book, Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West, portrays the chair of the House Interior Committee and the environmental movement’s "most durable foe" as a fair but rigid representative who, surprisingly, joc

Writers on the Range

Why Greens need blue blazers
Greenies, until America becomes less pretentious, your party needs to trade in tie-dye for the uniform of power: gray flannel trousers and a nice, pink-pinstriped shirt

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
DS? cows are getting smarter about breaking out of the ranch; Bison in Yellowstone were felled by toxic gases; Coloradans have had an early spring thaw which in Crested Butte has revealed copious dog poop; Yale prof tells a capacity crowd at Univer

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Avalanches in Telluride, heat wave in Paonia; congratulations to Ed and Betsy Marston for John Wade Award; Ken Sleight gets Lifetime Achievement Award at 22nd Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene; Betsy Loyless, keynoter at the co

News

Are mountain lions in danger of disappearing?
Disappearing habitat and an increase in hunting quotas based on politics and guesswork are threatening the stability of mountain lion populations in the West.
Follow-up
Steve Williams, head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tells Congress that money for critical habitat for endangered species could be better spent elsewhere; National Security Administration head asks Congress for more money for nuke bomb site, and Rep.
Hands-on science education takes a hit
The Valle Imperial Project in Science at J.F. Kennedy Middle School in California’s Imperial Valley near the Mexico border raises scores for fourth- and sixth-graders and delights their curious minds, but with Bush’s "one-size-fits-all" approach, and his
Colorado Senate race steps into national spotlight
Democrats, looking to regain the seat held by retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, offer strong support for Hispanic state attorney general Ken Salazar, who may vie against very conservative former U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer
Race track
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo spent $1.5 million to defeat Michael Kennedy, Democratic challenger who missed the filing deadline by seconds; Montana Democrat Margarett Campbell, an Assiniboine Tribe member, is running in a newly formed (2000) leg
Jetboats stir up the Frank
Jetboats and planes could increase in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, ignoring three illegal hunting lodges along the Salmon River. George Nickas of Montana-based Wilderness Watch has appealed the new management plan, saying the largest

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