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A park boss goes to bat for the land

April 29, 1996

Yellowstone National Park Supervisor Michael V. Finley stirs controversy and conflict as he fights to save America's oldest national park.

Feature

A park boss goes to bat for the land
Yellowstone National Park Supervisor Michael V. Finley stirs controversy and conflict as he fights to save America's oldest national park.

Sidebar

Noranda stirs up a swarm of opposition
The controversial Crown Butte mining project near Yellowstone rouses opposition from both local citizens and national politicians.
Yellowstone's wintertime blues
Record numbers of winter visitors to Yellowstone create controversy about how to manage visitor- and snowmobile-caused problems.
The West's new prospectors seek microbes
The increasing scientific - and financial - value of Yellowstone's hot-springs microbes raises controversy about how to manage the park's tiniest wildlife.

Book Reviews

Letter to Edward Abbey from Earth: A Review
A letter to the late Ed Abbey ruefully notes how the writer's grim predictions about overpopulation and over-abuse of the canyon country are coming true.
Navajo role model
Diné CARE, the group monitoring environmental issues on the Navajo Nation, hires Christine Benally as its new director.
Yard Sale
The Uintah Mountain Club in Vernal, Utah, plans a literal "yard sale" to raise money.
Burning down the house
A new federal policy lets fire managers put protection of natural resources ahead of property when they fight fires on public lands.
Wild Rockies Online
The Wild Rockies slate on the World Wide Web brings environmental resources to the Internet.
Healing a dirty town
The West Desert Healthy Environment Alliance (HEAL) surveys cancer and health problem rates in Grantsville, Utah, where residents are exposed to military hazardous wastes.
Hands across the water
Japanese volunteers form a group to build trails and revegetate meadows in American national parks.
Pennies on the Railroad
The annual Wild Idaho! conference at Redfish Lake on May 17-19 is called "Pennies on the Railroad."
Wildlife and Trail Recreation
Conference on Wildlife and Trail Recreation: Integrating Demands in the Wild/Urban Interface.
MountainFilm Festival
Telluride, Colo., hosts the 18th annual MountainFilm Festival May 24-27.
Talking Gourds Retreat
An artists' workshop on "deep ecology," "Talking Gourds Retreat," will be in Telluride, Colo., June 28-30.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West
Montana weirdness, Santa Fe Mayor Debbie Jaramillo and nepotism, Utah bans gay groups in schools, livestock fight back in Colorado, rattlesnakes in Vail, and Idaho paints over swastikas.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Spring weather and mud, news from Walkin' Jim Stoltz and Robert "Ramon" Amon, corrections.

News

Here's a chance to speak up for clean air
The Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission gives people a chance to comment on the need to clean up the air in Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau.
Locals sickened by bison slaughter
Locals object to the killing of 350 bison for brucellosis prevention after they wander into West Yellowstone, Mont., from Yellowstone National Park.
Feds to Idaho mines: Clean up
The federal government files suit against eight mining companies for polluting Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River basin with mining waste.
Attempt at compromise leads to bloodbath
Strategic differences over saving the Endangered Species Act - including attempts to work with industry - lead to schism and rancor in the environmental movement.
A cautionary tale in Washington state
The Washington state Republicans swept into office in the 1994 election begin to feel an environmental backlash from their state as the next election nears.
Navajos win round in coal mine war
Navajos win a court victory against Peabody Coal Company's strip mine on the reservation, citing pollution and desecrated burial sites.
Phoenix will try to save desert wash
Arizona tells the city of Phoenix that it must come up with $25 million to preserve the nearby state-owned Cave Creek Wash.
Back with a bang
Despite some casualties, the reintroduced Yellowstone wolves seem to be thriving and beginning to reproduce.
Fish kill doesn't sway the EPA
Despite the killing of fish by polluted water in Montana's Clark Fork River, the EPA still says the removal of the toxic mining sediments that caused the problem is not worth the money.
Can cattle save the pygmy rabbit?
Biologist Fred Dobler believes that cattle grazing may help save the endangered pygmy rabbit in the sagebrush steppe of eastern Washington.
Farmers feel burned by clean air regs
Eastern Washington grass farms are upset by an announced phaseout of the practice of late-summer field burning, after clean air activists complain.
Santa Fe residents win ski area fight
The controversial expansion of the Santa Fe Ski Area into a mountain basin called the Tesuque hits a legal snag when regional forester Charles Cartwright orders the original approval ruling to be reconsidered.
Dam destruction moves closer
The destruction of two dams on Washington's Elwha River comes closer to reality after President Clinton allots $11 million to the project.

Opinion

Erasing the Southwest's grandest vista
Industry claims that the Grand Canyon's haze problem is naturally caused rile artists and photographers and others who really know how to look at landscapes.
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