Magazine
The Asphalt Graveyard

February 7, 2005

A personal obsession leads the author into a world of scientists, wildlife rehabilitators and eccentric artists who are fascinated by the West’s road-killed wildlife. Also in this issue: Some of the less-publicized political appointments of George W. Bush’s second term will have a huge effect on the West – particularly the people who will direct the EPA, and the departments of Energy, Agriculture and the Interior.

Feature

Caught in the Headlights
Caught in the Headlights
Personal obsession leads one woman into a world of scientists, wildlife rehabilitators and eccentric artists who are fascinated by the bloody relationship between wildlife and roads.

Sidebar

Roadkill statistics
Statistics from a variety of sources show the impact that roads have on wildlife numbers

Editor's Note

Reawakening our wild humanity
Human beings can learn a lot from our wild animal cousins, but we need to pay more attention to them — especially to the ones we flatten on the highways

Uncommon Westerners

'Redneck liberal' defends a hard-to-love landscape
Tim Faber, a carpenter, ranch hand and ‘redneck liberal,’ devotes himself to preserving the wild landscapes of Montana’s Missouri River Breaks

Essays

Prowling the back spaces of the West
Inside an abandoned Air Force base on the Nevada-Utah border, the Center for Land Use Interpretation houses a remarkable museum of the West's human landscapes.

Book Reviews

Everyday objects and extraordinary journeys
In Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country, Northwestern writer Jack Nisbet follows the Columbia River and its inhabitants across time
Forcing nomads to farm — the Utes' sad story
In "The Utes Must Go!" Peter R. Decker looks at the tragedies that resulted when fear-mongering politicians and settlers decided to oust the Ute Indians from Colorado and Utah in the 19th century.
The Pine Island Paradox
The Pine Island Paradox by Kathleen Dean Moore takes a philosophical and poetic look at islands and rivers
Mountain Harmonies
In Mountain Harmonies, Howard Smith muses on environmental philosophy as he takes readers from Glacier National Park to New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness
California Poem
Eleni Sikelianos’ California Poem is a book full of poems, photos, collages, and wonder

Writers on the Range

The BLM wields fork and spatula over the West's wildlands
The Bureau of Land Management is handing out public-lands drilling permits like a McDonald’s drive-through with a hyperactive "Order Assembly Target."

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Internet hunting; "step away from the helicopter"; expensive water leak; the versatile silk handkerchief; "Get Out of Town!" in Tucson; Ray Bradbury on cars; don’t mess with Buddha

Dear Friends

Dear friends
New interns Julie McCord and Hilary Watts; feisty HCN board meeting in Boulder; corrections

News

Bush's second-term shake-ups
Some of the less-publicized political appointments of George W. Bush’s second term will have huge effects on the West. Meet the people who will direct the EPA and the departments of Energy, Agriculture and the Interior.
Follow-up
Anti-nuclear groups seek contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory; California ORVs to stay off desert tortoise habitat; factory-farm polluters immune to lawsuits; new Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. joins property-rights law firm in fight against mon
Split-estate rebellion: Ranchers take on energy developers
Frustrated Wyoming ranchers make an end-run around legislators and oil and gas lobbies to take the split-estate issue to the last constituency who might help them: the voters.
Klamath farmers face a new threat
Klamath Basin farmers may be hit with a huge increase in electric rates, but some say that even putting farms out of business may not save enough water for endangered fish
California's farmers ditch dirty diesel pumps
California’s two largest utility companies are encouraging farmers to switch from polluting diesel irrigation pumps to electric ones
Wildlife refuge may still be radioactive
Scientists may have found a radioactive "hot spot" at the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, soon to be home to a wildlife refuge
Locals flush proposed kitty litter mine
A recent court ruling denying a proposed cat-litter mine in Nevada’s Washoe County could give local communities more control over mining projects on federal land.
Los Angeles dumps coal deal
Los Angeles has decided to pull out of a deal to expand a coal-fired power plant in Delta, Utah, using the money for renewable energy instead
Developers push ahead with mammoth ski village
Federal agencies say they’re largely powerless to stop a massive and unpopular ski resort village planned for an inholding in Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area.

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