Magazine
Now dust is his crop, says Nevada rancher

August 9, 1993

Groundwater pumping dries Milt Thompson's Diamond Valley Ranch.

Feature

Now dust is his crop, says Nevada rancher
Groundwater pumping dries Milt Thompson's Diamond Valley Ranch.
Download entire issue
... to read the essays, news stories and other articles in the issue, including the sampling displayed here

Sidebar

Rancher joins coalition to fight 'water grabs'
A wary rancher joins an environmental group after groundwater pumping dries his ranch.

Uncommon Westerners

Can Dan Beard reclaim Reclamation?
A profile of Dan Beard, head of Bureau of Reclamation, shows his role within the Department of the Interior.

Essays

Second Skin
Lizard skin leads the author to musings on nature.
Close encounters with coyotes
The writer relates her experience watching coyotes.

Book Reviews

Does the ski industry pay enough?
A GAO report shows ski industry payments for use of public lands.
Future Forests
'Creating a Forestry for the 21st Century' brings forestry experts together in Portland, Ore.
Mining Pollution Solutions
International mining pollution prevention conference in Snowmass.
New Redeye Proposed
The Colorado Air National Guard offers a revised plan for F-16 pilots at Redeye.
Trust in the Land
A Land Trust Alliance rally is held in Big Sky, Mont.
Wake up, Christians
'It's Not Easy Being Green' newsletter is a wake-up call for Christian environmentalists.
White sturgeon needs help
White Sturgeon may be designated as an endangered species.

Photo Essay

Quiet pride
Photos and quotes from the book Quiet Pride: Ageless Wisdom of the American West, by Robert Alan Clayton and J. Bourge Hathaway.

News

A bird, a plane, no, a missile
Rep. Karen Shepherd spearheads resistance to missile flyovers in Utah.
At Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats it's a race for brine
The Bureau of Land Management agrees to add salt to Bonneville's receding Salt Flats.
Gold company stymied in Montana's Sweet Grass Hills
The BLM refuses permission to explore gold-mining claims in the Sweet Grass hills.
Shooting in the West
BLM Director Jim Baca proposes new regulations for filming on public lands.
The last sockeye?
Only three sockeye salmon return to spawn at Redfish Lake.
Biowarfare is back
The army resumes chemical weapons testing at the Dugway Proving Ground.
Wilderness bill for Colorado advances
The Colorado House approves legislation proposing 711,170 new acres of wilderness.
Grazers and greenies agree on reforms
The High Country Citizens' Alliance and the Gunnison County Stockgrowers work together on a grazing proposal.
More questions for Packwood
The Oregon Bar Association considers sanctions over harrassment charges against Packwood.
A $100,000 tortoise
The Silver State Leasing Co. receives $100,000 fine for killing a desert tortoise during construction near Las Vegas.
Arson feared this summer
Arson could create fire-fighting and salvage timber jobs in Willamette National Forest.
Still looking for Trouble
'Trouble' the grizzly bear is still on the run.
The toner connection
Arizona Senator DeConcini is accused of doing favors for a recycled toner business.
The coyote and the mouse
A rodent expert says that predators could help control hantavirus-spreading deer mice.
Woman arrested for sitting in tree
An Ancient Forest Rescue protester is arrested for blocking a timber sale by sitting in a tree.
Indians ask Congress for a First Amendment
Indian sacred sites are vulnerable to mining because the American Indian Religious Freedom Act has no teeth.
Nuclear industry rolls snake eyes in Nevada
The Nevada Legislature refuses the temptation of millions in federal funds by opposing the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mt.
High Country News Classifieds
  • EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
    High Country News, an award-winning media organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks an Editor-In-Chief to join our senior team...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Public Lands Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the multiple-use management of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, seeks an experienced leader...
  • CLIMATE JUSTICE FELLOW
    High Country News, an award-winning magazine covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks applicants for a climate justice fellowship. The fellowship...
  • YELLOWSTONE TREASURES: THE TRAVELER'S COMPANION TO THE NATIONAL PARK
    Dreaming of a trip to Yellowstone Park? This book makes you the tour guide for your group! Janet Chapple shares plenty of history anecdotes and...
  • OLIVERBRANCH CONSULTING
    Non-Profit Management Professional specializing in Transitional Leadership, Strategic Collaborations, Communications and Grant Management/Writing.
  • SAGE GROUSE CCAA COORDINATOR
    The Powder Basin Watershed Council, headquartered in Baker City, Oregon, seeks a full-time Sage Grouse CCAA Coordinator. This position is part of a collaborative effort...
  • MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
    High Country News, an award-winning media organization covering the communities and environment of the Western United States, seeks a Marketing Communications Manager to join our...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - OKANOGAN LAND TRUST
    Executive Director, Okanogan Land Trust Position Announcement Do you enjoy rural living, wild places, family farms, challenging politics, and big conservation opportunities? Do you have...
  • GREAT VIEWS, SMALL FOOTPRINT
    Close to town but with a secluded feel, this eco-friendly home includes solar panels, a graywater reuse system, tankless hot water, solar tubes, and rainwater...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Powder River Basin Resource Council, a progressive non-profit conservation organization based in Sheridan, Wyoming, seeks an Executive Director, preferably with grassroots organizing experience, excellent communication...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER- NORTHERN PLAINS RESOURCE COUNCIL
    Organize with Northern Plains Resource Council to protect Montana's water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Starts $35.5k. Apply now- northernplains.org/careers
  • BEAUTIFUL, AUTHENTIC LIVE YULE LOG CENTERPIECE
    - beautiful 12" yule log made from holly wood, live fragrant firs, rich green and white holly, pinecones and red berries. $78 includes shipping. Our...
  • CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS FOR THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA
    Crazy Horse Memorial, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is currently accepting applications and nominations for the Director of Programs for The Indian University...
  • CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL® MANAGER OF RESIDENCE LIFE FOR THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®
    Crazy Horse Memorial is currently accepting applications for the Manager of Residence Life for The Indian University of North America. This position is responsible for...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Are you an art lover who dreams of living in the mountains? Is fundraising second nature to you? Do you have experience managing creative people?...
  • LENDER OWNED FIX & FLIP
    2 houses on 37+ acres. Gated subdivision, Penrose Colorado. $400k. Possible lender financing. Bob Kunkler Brokers Welcome.
  • HISTORIC LODGE AND RESTAURANT - FULLY EQUIPPED
    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
  • POLLINATOR OASIS
    Seeking an experienced, hardworking partner to help restore a desert watershed/wetland while also creating a pollinator oasis at the mouth of an upland canyon. Compensation:...
  • ELLIE SAYS IT'S SAFE! A GUIDE DOG'S JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE
    by Don Hagedorn. A story of how lives of the visually impaired are improved through the love and courage of guide dogs. Available on Amazon.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.