December 27, 1993

Seven stories about controversial management in the nation's premier national park.


Firms milk park's 'wildlife'
National Park managers deliberate over whether or not they should charge biotechnical firms for extracting microbes from Yellowstone.
Introduction to the lead stories on Yellowstone National Park.
Grizzly recovery plan could doom bears, critics say
Environmentalists and wildlife biologists criticize a Forest Service plan to manage grizzlies in Yellowstone.
Park to scientists: Shut up!
Park Service scientists charge that the park suppressed research on grizzlies and elk foraging.
Poacher gets light sentence
A hunter pleads guilty to poaching elk in Yellowstone National Park.
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Poachers zero in on Yellowstone's prized wildlife
More poachers take wildlife from Yellowstone.
The plan in brief
The National Park Service's plan for grizzly recovery in Yellowstone is summarized.
Are bears counted twice?
A National Park Service scientist complains that there are no reliable statistics on grizzly populations in Yellowstone.

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Wildlife refuge needs money
An Interior Department report concludes that many wildlife refuges suffer from neglect.
Little support for public-land ranchers
A public opinion poll shows widespread disapproval of current range policies.
Nevada mine wants to grow
The Independence Mining Co. says the 1872 Mining Law entitles it to double the size of its gold mine north of Elko.
No driving in Zion?
Tourists in Zion National Park may have to park their cars and take a bus if a National Park Service plan is approved.
Real western women
The Women of the West Museum in Denver will feature women from all economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Sonoran stewardship
'Bridging Borders: A Cross-Border Exchange' explores protecting cultural and environmental heritage along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Virgin River is the target
Las Vegas puts the Virgin River at the top of its list for future water supplies, upsetting upstream users.


'Empty' county can't find room for trash
Wayne County, Utah, can't find a place for its garbage due to tougher federal regulations.
Critics want foresters fired
Environmentalists urge Jack Ward Thomas to remove the two top forest managers in the agency's Southwest region.
DOE unlocks some classified data
Department of Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary launches an "openness initiative' that reveals the DOE's sordid past.
Newspaper series unsettles the Northwest
The Spokesman-Review publishes a series about Forest Service mismanagement in five national forests in the Northwest.
Wyoming beats around the bush
A Wyoming law relaxing mined land reclamation standards could cost the state federal funding and regulatory authority.
Barbee must apply for his job
Bruce Babbitt elevates the rank of superintendent for several national parks.
Crisis for tribal sawmill
The Navajo Nation's logging company is bankrupt and the forestry program is in trouble according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mid-Continent mine dispute continues
The federal Office of Surface Mining says Colorado underestimated the cost and extent of reclaiming the Mid-Continent mine site near Redstone, Colo.
Red sandstone and black lace
An artist wants to string 10,000 bras across the Grand Canyon.
Use-it-or-lose-it dam draws fire
Wyoming tries to revive the Sandstone Dam project in order to reserve the state's Colorado River water rights.
Andrus' suit gains support
A coalition of environmentalists and business owners support Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus' suit to hold dam operators responsible for killing salmon.
The bottom line on pollution
Protesters moon a coal-fired narrow-gauge train to protest pollution.
The missing lynx
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to launch a multistate search for the rare lynx.
Methane creates an explosive situation in Colorado
Residents of methane-polluted residential areas blame the problem on natural gas companies.
Agency makes it harder to steal trees
Forest Service Chief Dale Robertson creates an independent law-enforcement branch.
BPA proposes a fish trust
Rep. Pete DeFazio wants the Bonneville Power Administration to turn over its salmon restoration program to a more wildlife-oriented agency.
Sierra Club to back big wildlands bill
The Sierra Club joins the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in backing the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
Struggling species in Colorado
The Colorado Division of Wildlife adds the boreal toad and the Rio Grande sucker to the endangered list, and the Mexican spotted owl to the threatened list.


Environmentalists shouldn't have helped force out Dale Robertson
Opinion writer says that former Forest Chief Dale Robertson shouldn't have been replaced by Jack Ward Thomas.
She wants her colleages to feel free to say: 'Madam Secretary, you're full of crap'
Department of Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary pledges to start cleaning up her agency.
How military secrecy zones out Nevada
A reporter chronicles the strange happenings (that we shouldn't know about) at the top-secret Nevada Test Site.
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