Magazine
Fighting fires, and indignities

August 7, 1995

World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.

Feature

Fighting fires, and indignities
World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.

Essays

Desert skin
An essay by Edward Abbey, praising the austere beauty of the Colorado Plateau, is illustrated by Thomas R. Miller's aerial photographs.
Endless opportunities for solitude
The writer offers a loving tribute to the lonely roads of the Great Basin.
A 22,000-square-foot castle is not a home
The writer muses about monster homes compared with log cabins.
Prison payrolls come with big hooks
The writer ponders the kinds of communities new prisons create, and offers suggestions to ease the impacts.
A little sarcasm, a lot of love
The writer takes a fond, tongue-in-cheek look at tourists in Moab, Utah.
Have you hugged your tarantula lately?
Tarantulas take refuge in the author's desert house, much to the displeasure of his wife.
My kingdom is a horse
The writer considers how hard it is to love the earth or anything else in the abstract, as opposed to the particular and familiar, and reminisces about getting to know a horse when he was a child.

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News

Human smolts reach Washington
Five swimmers follow the outward migration route of young salmon through the Snake and Salmon rivers to call attention to the endangered fish.
Can BLM save the grass, and itself?
The BLM begins fighting back in a last-ditch effort to save grazing reform - and the agency itself - from legislation that would halt reform and turn over public lands to the state.
Feds want to kill some Yellowstone bison
The debate over brucellosis continues as state veterinarians and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service want to inspect Yellowstone bison and kill any that are carrying the disease.
No more water for Aspen - for now
The Colorado Supreme Court denies Aspen Ski Co. water to expand its Snowmass resort.
Salvage logging reborn
President Clinton signs a compromise bill that calls for salvage logging on national forests.
Sign of the times
A sign in Utah's new Jordanelle State Park that explains the damage cattle can cause in riparian areas is taken down when ranchers object.
Denver vs. the West
Rising fares at Denver International Airport are changing the patterns of air travel around the West, as some airlines pull out and passengers seek other airports.
Irony piles on irony in Wyoming
A proposed private-federal land swap designed to preserve Wyoming's Spring Gulch Ranch raises controversy and charges of elitism.
The spotted owl made the rich richer
A study reveals that profits of the 12 largest timber companies in the Northwest went up 43 percent after federal logging was cut back to protect the spotted owl.
Washington voters win vote on takings bill
Washington voters will get to vote in November on whether to scrap their state's Initiative 164, the most extreme takings law in the nation.
Tribes settle for new fishing sites
Four Northwest Indian tribes will be compensated with new fishing areas along the Columbia to replace tribal fishing ground flooded by a dam 50 years ago.

Book Reviews

Where the saguaros stop
"Biotic Communities, Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico" is reviewed.
The spoken word
Audio cassettes of Western authors reading their books are reviewed.
Four-cornered falcon
"The Four-Cornered Falcon: Essays on the Interior West and the Natural Scene" by Reg Saner is reviewed.
A vanishing breed
"Roping the Wind: A Personal History of Cowboys and the Land" by Lyman Hafen is reviewed.
We don't crack the whip
"Colony and Empire: The Capitalist Transformation of the American West" by William G. Robbins is reviewed.
New prints on wolves
Reviews of "Wolf Wars," "War Against the Wolf," and "The Company of Wolves."
Tilley was a Westerner
A review of "Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker" by Thomas Kunkel.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Rodeo safety vests, buffalo in bar, intergalactic tourism, ladies' left-arm wrestling, Helen Chenoweth's staff problems, computer organizing for wilderness, killer bees.

Letters

Sidebar

A hot welcome on the fire line
Firefighter Risa Lange-Navarro talks about the difficulties women firefighters face.
Hot summer reading
Two books on firefighting - Michael Thoele's "Fire Line: The Summer Battles of the West" and Starr Jenkins' "Smokejumpers, "49, Brothers In the Sky" - are reviewed.