What does the West need to know?

March 18, 1996

In a changing West, the land-grant universities' cooperative extension programs must rethink their mission.


What does the West need to know?
In a changing West, the land-grant universities' cooperative extension programs must rethink their mission.
Playing politics or helping the range?
New Mexico State's Range Improvement Task Force has often been accused of being a front for the livestock industry.
Talking ranching through its bleakest hour
Hudson Glimp of the University of Nevada's College of Agriculture seeks to create "sustainable agreement" in public-lands grazing.
Helping a busted mining town back to its feet
Extension agent Barb Andreozzi offers creative ideas and practical assistance to help Anaconda, Mont., prosper again.
My God! Healthy trees!
Extension foresters in Idaho help the sisters of St. Gertrude's Monastery manage their forests in a way that balances economics with ecology and spirituality.
Montana's outback goes on-line
Montana State University turns to "electronic extension" to meet the information needs of the state's widely scattered population.
Monoculture meets its match in North Dakota
John Gardner represents a new breed of agricultural "specialized generalists" who want to help Dakota farmers reclaim the food system.


What is cooperative extension?
Description of what the West's extension agents do.
Taking a stand for New Mexico's small farmers
In his own words, extension agent Edmund Gomez describes how the Rural Agriculture Improvement Project seeks to help New Mexico's poor farmers.
'It's great to ask geeks for advice'
Montana State University's new manufacturing extension center helps entrepreneurs such as backpack designer Dana Gleason of Dana Design.

Book Reviews

Desert rendezvous
A Desert Wildlands Revival: Water, Wildlife and Wilderness in the High Desert conference in Burns, Oregon.
Tailings pile makes waves
The Nuclear Regulatory Agency's decision to cap 130 acres of radioactive debris with dirt on the bank of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, angers local residents.
They did it themselves
Federal employees and outside experts under the auspices of AFSEEE develop a management plan for the Columbia Basin - a volunteer effort that cost taxpayers nothing.
Just a little advice
County Commissioner John Clarke's primer, "The Code of the West," seeks to help newcomers adjust to rural Larimer County, Colo.
Naked and marvelous
Kenneth Perry's topographic map of "The Colorado Plateau and its Drainage" is like seeing the West from heaven.
Arid art
English watercolorist Tony Foster displays paintings of the desert West in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Environmental heroes
The League of Conservation Voters' 26th annual report rates lawmakers on environmental votes.
Small Farming in Oregon
The Oregon State University Extension hosts "Small Farming in Oregon" March 29-30 at Linfield College.
The Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology and the West
The Native Home of Hope: Community, Ecology and the West symposium is scheduled for April 12-13 at the University Park Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Lost in the West, including Sacajawea, Bureau of Indian Affairs money; extra acres of public land appearing; busted for nude sunbathing in Spokane; computer sculpture courtesy of DIA; Helen Chenoweth on new species; Columbia Falls finally gets waterfall.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Spring interns Michelle McClellan and Bill Taylor, small world department.


Is it fix or nix for the salvage rider?
Campaign politics and the prospect of summer protests are pushing President Clinton and Congress toward dismantling or changing the salvage logging rider.
Greenbacks shape campaigns
Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth is accused of misusing money; Utah's Enid Waldholtz will retire; Colorado Democrats are divided over ethics of accepting PAC money; in Oregon Peter DeFazio drops out of race to replace Mark Hatfield.
Grizzlies forego their snooze
In Montana's Glacier National Park, young grizzlies have begun to eschew hibernation and prowl the park in winter, pilfering the kills of wolves and mountain lions.
Score one for local control
In Colorado, a bill to gut state law 1041, which allows local communities to have strict land-use regulations, is pulled from consideration in the House.
EPA tells Colorado to get tough on mine
The EPA orders the state of Colorado to tighten regulations from open-pit gold mine near Victor.
Brand new name, same old story
A new group called Northwesterners for More Fish is made up of electric companies, timber companies and aluminum plants.


Tactics first, ideas last
The Media and Democracy Conference in San Francisco showed alternative media as too mired in the "60s and in political correctness to thoughtfully address realities of the "90s.
How I learned to love logging
The writer takes an ironic look at the Thunderbolt timber sale in Idaho, and at Boise Cascade's conviction that only logging can save the endangered chinook salmon.


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