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Can this man break the right's grip on Idaho?

September 30, 1996

In Idaho, Democrat Walt Minnick, a multimillionaire, former timber executive and environmentalist, mounts a quixotic campaign against Republican Sen. Larry Craig for Senate seat.

Feature

Can this man break the right's grip on Idaho?
In Idaho, Democrat Walt Minnick, a multimillionaire, former timber executive and environmentalist, mounts a quixotic campaign against Republican Sen. Larry Craig for Senate seat.
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
President Bill Clinton uses the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah, and reactions range from joy to indignation and outrage.

Sidebar

Craig: Betting on Idaho's enduring conservatism
Incumbent Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig has a strong conservative and industrial backing.
Compare the candidates
Democrat Walt Minnick and incumbent Republican Sen. Larry Craig fall into clear party lines in their views on many issues.
The mother of all land grabs
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R., in his own words, condemns the new monument.
A daunting, beautiful place
The 1.7 million acres at the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument contain a wide variety of landscapes, life zones and archaeological treasures.
Managing the monument: The devil is in the details
Utah's newest national monument will be managed by the BLM instead of the Park Service, and a lot of the details for that management remain to be worked out.

Essays

How the New West will vote is anyone's guess
Variable voting patterns on the West make it difficult to predict who will win on election day.
Forget widgets, we sell wilderness
Western wilderness is too popular for its own good - especially among wealthy foreigners who come to ski at Vail.
The bigger the mine, the better the deal
Land swaps, like the one planned to save land near Yellowstone National Park from mining, are a bad habit with a bad history in Montana's national forests.
Clinton learns the art of audacity
The greatest moments in American conservation history often involved the same presidential audacity - and provoked the same outrage - as President Clinton's establishment of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A harsh and priceless gift to the world
The author says the Escalante belongs as much to the rest of the world as to Utah, and provides a kind of energy that has nothing to do with coal.

Book Reviews

The Producer/Consumer Connection
The 22nd annual conference, "The Producer/Consumer Connection," is being held Oct. 11-13 on Flathead Lake near Rollins, Mont.
Wilderness: The Foundation of Culture
The New Mexico Wilderness Coalition and Santa Fe chapter of Sierra Club sponsor an Oct. 5 workshop on "Wilderness: The Foundation of Culture."
Unplug America: Give mother earth a rest day
"Unplug America: Give mother earth a rest day" will be held Oct. 13, started by Native American environmental groups, including the Seventh Generation Fund.
Literary natural history
"Literary Natural History: Scientists and Artists" is a series of free public readings October through April.
Small is back
Jeff Rast of the Center for Small Acreage Farming in Camas County, Idaho, tries to help small farms survive and prosper.
Not coal alone
"How the West Can Win: A Blueprint for a Clean & Affordable Energy Future" offers environmental alternatives to relying on coal.
Overworked and under-appreciated
The report, "Working in Durango, Colorado," documents the economic inequity of a booming Colorado town.
How to talk Western
Thomas L. Clark's new book, "Western Lore and Language: A Dictionary for Enthusiasts of the American West," documents Western slang.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Mining and sea-captaining in Vail; Boy Scouts stone California bear; mountain lions chase mountain bikers and domestic pets; illegal immigrants disrespectful of horse trailer; park volunteers; tourist railroad billed for forest fire.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Odds and ends, corrections, fall visitors, web wanderings, llamas continued.

News

It ain't over till it's over
Some worry that the land swap proposed to prevent Crown Butte Resources from mining near Yellowstone has only a 50-50 chance of success.
Snail's trail leads to Yellowstone
Prolific New Zealand mudsnails are invading Yellowstone Park's Madison River, where scientists worry they will disrupt the food chain.
Glacier Park finds itself inundated
A new management proposal for Montana's Glacier National Park, designed to control visitor overcrowding, meets opposition from the local tourism industry and others.
Redwood summer roars back
Around 900 people were arrested at a protest in Carlotta, Calif., in an attempt to save the Headwaters Grove - the world's largest privately owned redwood forest, from being logged.
Who snatched the salmon?
One of only 132 adult salmon to survive the spawning journey to Idaho's Salmon River is killed - and eaten - by a poacher.
Feds go after Summitville boss
Justice Department lawyers go after Canadian mining magnate Robert Friedland for the Summitville gold mine cleanup in Colorado.
All is not quiet on the Front
Wyoming businessman Mark Alldredge files 104 mining claims in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, possibly searching for diamonds.
Uranium poisons Navajo neighborliness
Local Navajos lead the fight against Hydro Resources Inc.'s plan to leach uranium from groundwater at three sites on or near the Navajo Reservation.
If they build it, will more come?
A plan to build a visitor's center for Utah's Grand Gulch worries some, who fear more people - including pothunters - will be encouraged to visit the area.
Tribal group tries again to save mountain
The President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation says the Forest Service erred by letting construction of a telescope on Arizona's Mount Graham begin before the cultural significance of the site had been considered.
Will counties de(grade) wilderness?
Bruce Babbitt's announcement of a new BLM inventory of southern Utah wilderness leads to a flurry of illegal road work, since roaded land can't be classified as wilderness.
Colorado resort shelves ski expansion
The Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado drops its plans to build new ski runs on a neighboring mountain.
Salt Lake has an Olympian traffic jam
Utah's plan to enlarge I-15 in Salt Lake City worries some environmentalists, farmers and hunters, who say the proposed highway corridor includes lakeside wetlands and farmland.
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