Magazine
Saving the ranch

November 27, 1995

John Fetcher's ranching family leads the way in an effort to preserve open land through conservation easements in the rapidly growing Steamboat Springs area.

Feature

Saving the ranch
John Fetcher's ranching family leads the way in an effort to preserve open land through conservation easements in the rapidly growing Steamboat Springs area.

Sidebar

John Fetcher
Rancher John Fetcher recalls his years of ranching in the Elk River Valley and his mixed feelings about the Steamboat Springs Ski Area, which he helped start in the 1950s.
Rancher's new cash crop will be scenery
Ranchers fear the loss of their culture if they become tenants on land owned by wealthy people in places like Steamboat Springs.
Conservation group ropes in a working ranch
Staffer Jamie Williams talks about The Nature Conservancy's efforts to preserve land in Routt County, Colorado.
Trust in the Land
In the effort to preserve Western open space, land trusts take the lead.

Essays

Jury tackles a question of ethics in Montana
A jury made mostly of hunters finds Chad McKittrick guilty in the death of a reintroduced wolf, and castigates his lack of "hunting ethics."

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Utah Rep. James Hansen's troubles; Yellowstone not crowded enough?; Republicans' "green" image; Idaho potato festival; pedestrian conference in Boulder; Italian bees in Wyoming; Indians protest baseball team names.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Federal shutdown, lions and bears, visitors.

News

Ranchers win again
Ranchers win state grazing permits in New Mexico after eight of nine competing bids by environmentalists are rejected by the state.
Voters say yes to elk, no to takings, jets
In the Nov. 7 elections, environmental initiatives, like other initiatives, lost if they would have cost taxpayers money.
Lakotas want Crazy Horse off silver screen
Descendants of Crazy Horse protest a Turner Network Television movie about the Lakota leader's life.
Utility found guilty of polluting a wilderness
The coal-fired Hayden Power Plant is found guilty of polluting the air of the nearby Mount Zirkel Wilderness area.
Rare native fish found in Utah, then poisoned by mistake
A rare native fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout, is discovered in Utah's Parley's Creek, and then accidentally poisoned by rotenone.
Traffic flow 1, trees 0
Residents of New Mexico's North Valley object to the felling of old cottonwoods to make way for a bridge over the Rio Grande designed to ease Albuquerque commuter traffic.
Dam project called a "bungle' and a "porker'
The Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., blasts the proposed Animas-La Plata water project as an "environmental, economic and social bungle."
Watch out for guns
Several hunters die in shooting accidents in Colorado and Utah.

Opinion

Local land-use plan sabotaged by state
The Colorado State Land Board raises opposition from ranchers, residents and environmentalists with its plan to sell part of the Yampa Valley's Emerald Mountain for development.
Agency leaders need to come out swinging
The Forest Service should follow Gifford Pinchot's example and meet the new and violent controversies directly.

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