The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new identity

April 3, 1995

The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.


The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new identity
The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.
Learning from Las Vegas
Las Vegas continues to grow and change as tourists, gamblers and workers flock to town.
After the gold rush
Mining companies begin to change their ways to survive.
A tale of two ranches
Two Nevada ranching families are worlds apart in their attitudes toward managing the land.
No final solutions for farmers
Environmentalists, irrigators and Indians battle over water in Nevada's Lahontan Valley.
Surprises of Sovereignty
Three tribes, the Pyramid Lake Paiutes, the Fort Mojave Tribe and the Skull Valley Goshutes, follow different paths toward sovereignty and economic development.
At home in the wasteland
The Great Basin is changing from within and becoming a more environmentally enlightened place.


Scientists search for biological treasures
Nevada is one of the top 10 states for both biological diversity and vulnerability, scientists say.
Dave Foreman sparks wilderness drive
Dave Foreman and the Wildlands Project map an ambitious "wilderness vision" for the Great Basin.
A bitter rancher and a failed compromise
Nevada's Great Basin National Park was founded on an uneasy compromise between grazing and preservation.
County commissioner courts bloodshed
County Commissioner Dick Carver...
Folk hero has a pure white vision
Cecil Garland fights the MX missile.
Activist seeks a green, just Nevada
Activist Bob Fulkerson...
Salt Lake City: Is this still the place?
Some Salt Lake residents worry that the world is coming too quickly to their "kingdom."
Reno turns back to the river
Photographer Peter Goin wants to create disturbing images of Reno and the Truckee River so that viewers will be moved to change things.
Elko is halfway home
Elko has outgrown its image of "the best small town of America."

Book Reviews

BLM accepts eco-challenge
A controversial "Eco-Challenge" race through Utah's canyon country is approved by the BLM despite much opposition from environmentalists.
Writing after Thoreau
"In the Thoreau Tradition III" writers' workshop is set for Missoula, Mont.
Doctoring the land
"Paradigms in Transition: Natural Resources Management in the New Century" is a public forum in Fort Collins, Colo.
Fragmented ecosystems workshop
"National Park and Public Land Ecosystems" workshop is planned by University of Utah.
Are the feds land-grabbers?
A General Accounting Office report on federal lands acreage reveals conflicting statistics.
Little town blues
A symposium called "Community Values, Change, Growth and Quality of Life" is planned for Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Love your grandmother
A group called Grandmother's Friends forms to protect Idaho's Grandmother Mountain from logging.
In their footprints
"Trading in the Past: Sandals of the Anasazi" is an exhibit at the Utah Museum of Natural History.

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Pack 'em in, Park Service suggests
The Grand Canyon's new general management plan proposes development to accommodate more and more tourists.
Utah escapes missiles
U.S. Army decides not to launch missiles from Green River, Utah, and shoot them down over New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range.
Blow-up over nuclear dump
Scientists worry that a planned underground nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain might someday explode.
Unranchers get competitive
Environmentalists try to lease state lands that usually are given to ranchers.
The wolf wasn't guilty
A reintroduced wolf shot by Idaho rancher Gene Hussey did not kill the dead calf it was found with, veterinary pathologists find.
Timber theft detectives feel a chill
Agents of the Forest Service's Timber Theft Task Force complain they are prevented from doing their job.
Congress pushes unfettered salvage logging
U.S. House of Representatives passes a salvage logging bill that would nearly double the timber harvest on national forests.


Unlikely reformer: Can sinful Las Vegas help change the West?
Despite its "sinful past," Las Vegas is becoming progressive in the areas of wages and water.
Back to the past: House resets pollution laws
Anti-environmental bills are hurriedly passed through the House of Representatives as part of the Republicans' Contract With America.


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