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The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on?

June 12, 1995

Arizona's San Pedro River - the Southwest's last natural low-desert river - still faces a number of threats to its survival.

Feature

The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on?
Arizona's San Pedro River - the Southwest's last natural low-desert river - still faces a number of threats to its survival.

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Sandy Anderson
Arizona naturalist Sandy Anderson tries to educate people about the wildlife of the San Pedro.
Harold Vangilder
Sierra Vista City Councilman Harold Vangilder defends human use of the San Pedro River.
Feds decide that the Canada lynx can slink for itself
Conservationists protect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision and deny the Canada lynx a place on the list of endangered species.

Uncommon Westerners

A 77-year-old cow watcher from Arizona
HCN reader Pauline Sandholdt of Salome, Arizona, is featured in a profile.

Essays

Learning the trick of quiet
The writer muses about loving and protecting the landscape of one's own backyard.

Book Reviews

Rescuing Colorado's rivers
The nonprofit Colorado Rivers Alliance aims to protect and restore Colorado rivers.
Having it all
A conference is planned called "How Do You Achieve Affordable Housing in a Growth Managed Community? A strategic Working Session."
Leave no trace
A new nonprofit called Leave No Trace Inc. wants to educate backcountry users about minimum-impact recreation.
Family inspiration
This year's fishtrap gathering is called "Orphaned in Eden: The Search for Family in the West."
A humming good race
The first annual Sun Sprint of the Rockies Solar and Electric car race will run from Aspen, Colo., to Moab, Utah.
Deconstructing the rural West
An article by Patrick Jobes in "Western Planner" offers a profoundly pessimistic view of the West's growing amenity towns.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
"Cow cops" in Oregon, "White Knight" claims land in Idaho's Nez Perce National Forest, Forest Service employees worry about bombs, timber industry has trouble buying salvage sales it pushed for.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
It must be spring, odds and ends.

News

Man, weather conspire against salmon
Hopes that a giant spring runoff would help baby Snake River salmon get past dams to the Pacific are killed by the weather and the Army Corps of Engineers.
County votes to control private-land logging
Costilla County in Colorado's San Luis Valley is trying to prevent a rancher from logging trees at the top of the watershed.
Paying for lost salmon
The federal government finally pays Washington's Colville Confederated Tribes to compensate for land taken to build Grand Coulee Dam 62 years ago.
How an ex-clown brought order to a boom town
Former Summit County Commissioner Gene Moser worked to create a state-of-the-art development code for a rapidly growing area.
Can land trades stop a subdivision and clean up a mine?
An ambitious land-swapping plan may help reclaim some of Mid-Continent Resources defunct mines while also protecting them from development.
Eight is enough
Eight wolf pups and their mother are moved to a holding pen in Yellowstone after the pups' father was killed near Red Lodge, Montana.
Moab area acts to regain control of public lands
Changes in management of Moab-area public lands, including new visitor fees, may help protect an over-used landscape.
A Montana county unearths a major welfare queen: itself
Republican County Commissioner Adam Dahlman discovers that for every dollar Teton County taxpayers pay, $2.50 comes back from the federal government.
In one man's hands, this lynx became a teacher
Forest Service biologist John Weaver learns from a lynx named Chirp that he raised from a kitten.
Grazing reform 'reformed'
The Livestock Grazing Act of 1995, introduced by New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete Dominici, would kill Bruce Babbitt's grazing reform efforts.

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