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High Country News April 15, 1996


Raising a ranch from the dead

Rancher Sid Goodloe battles pinon-juniper and uses a variety of controversial methods to restore his ranchland in New Mexico.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Ditch burning, Udo Zindel update, mapmaker Louis Jaffe visits, "Code of the West" on line and jailed Bill Chisholm.


Utah wilderness proposal rises and dies

The Utah delegation's controversial wilderness proposal for southern Utah is defeated in Congress after a struggle.

Indian gaming still in legal muddle

The Supreme Court's decision in "Seminole vs. the State of Florida" is a clear victory for states' rights but a muddle for Indian gaming.

Forest Service Economics 101

The Forest Service rejects an environmental group's high bid on fire-damaged trees and accepts second-highest bid to ensure that the trees are cut.

Utah's Burr Trail still leads to court

The Park Service sues Garfield County, Utah, after a road crew repairing the Burr Trail bulldozes a hillside inside the boundaries at Capitol Reef National Park.

'Two weeks of hell' saves a stand of old-growth trees

Old growth in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest is saved when the Forest Service allows the timber company to exchange one timber sale for another.

A very large subdivision riles a very small town

Irate locals in Big Horn, Wyo., fight the ambitious golf course and vacation home development plans of Homer Scott Jr.

Stirring things up on the Colorado River

The valves at Glen Canyon Dam are opened so the Colorado River can once again flood the Grand Canyon - and scientists, river guides, and environmentalists begin to study the results.

Democrats gag on bitter budget pills

Democrats fight Republican anti-environment riders attached to the budget bill as the 1996 budget struggle continues.

Can Southwest activism and money coexist?

The Pew Charitable Trust offers a huge grant to the 50 environmental groups banded together in the Southwest Forest Alliance - and some environmentalists worry that the money may do more harm than good.

Book Reviews

Take a seat

University of Denver's Graduate School of Public Affairs will choose a professor to hold the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy.


Vallecitos Mountain Refuge in New Mexico's Carson Forest will hold three eight-day meditation retreats from August through September for environmental and social activists.

Stop the flooding

Oregon's devastating floods could be prevented by restoring Willamette River wetlands and woodlands, study says.

Christensen goes quarterly

Former HCN regional editor Jon Christensen begins a quarterly called "Great Basin News."

Malpractice as usual

Taxpayers pay and managers are rewarded when Forest Service officials in California hand out timber contracts without adequate environmental review.

Rendezvous at Cove-Mallard

The Earth First! Rendezvous will take place on Idaho's controversial Cove-Mallard logging area.

Gold medal watchdog

The Olympic Watch League (OWL) keeps an environmental eye on the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Last chance for wetlands

The Seattle Audubon Society founds the Washington Wetland Network, or WETNET, to help protect wetlands.


Experts line up on all sides of the tree-grass debate

Western university biologists and botanists dispute Goodloe's theories - from several viewpoints.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Praying for cold weather, Jesus and fishing permits, wild horse contraceptives, reservoirs help earth rotate, Bigfoot on endangered species list, Northwesterners for more fish use, wrong fish for logo.


Group sues to stamp out tolerance and diversity

A successful one-month voluntary climbing ban, designed to respect Native American religious practices at Wyoming's Devils Tower, provokes a lawsuit from the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

Related Stories

Stephen Pyne

Author and fire historian Stephen Pyne talks about the role of fire in the Southwestern landscape.

Sid Goodloe

Sid Goodloe, in his own words, discusses how to be a good steward of the land while making a living at ranching.

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