Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West

December 9, 1996

Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.


Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West
Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.


This machine makes trails ...
Forest Service volunteer Earl Monroe uses a skinny little bulldozer to help build trails on Colorado's Western Slope.
...while 'Rambo Cat' obliterates them
The Forest Service's Alan Vandiver uses a road-ripping bulldozer to get rid of roads in Montana.
Can Madison Avenue tread lightly in the West?
Tread Lightly! tries to rein in reckless ORV advertising that glorifies the vehicles ripping up the land.
A little bug causes a big stink in Utah
Utah's popular Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park tries to balance the needs of ORVers, hikers, New Agers - and the very rare, endemic tiger beetle.


Trying to think the good thoughts about ATVs
Trying to think the good thoughts about ATVs
An elk hunter dislikes ORVs despite their convenience because they make the country too small.
Stripmining history and culture for dollars
Native Americans and others are upset by a New York brewery's determination to market "Original Crazy Horse Malt Liquor."

Book Reviews

Belonging to the West
The photographs of Eric Paddock in his new book, "Belonging to the West," celebrate the ordinary landscapes that are the heart of the West.
Coyote Angels
Bart Koehler and the Coyote Angels release a CD of songs celebrating the wildness of the West.
Rein in those planes
The "Citizen's Guide to Opposing Military Airspace Expansion" gives practical advice.
Roll on, Columbia
Two books on the Columbia River, Blaine Harden's "A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia," and William Dietrich's "Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River," are reviewed.
Even in Quiet Places
"Even in Quiet Places: Poems by William Stafford" is reviewed.
Wear what you sow
Michael Melius of South Dakota makes jewelry designed to be planted, from the seeds of native grasses and wildflowers.
Locally owned in Great Falls
A new weekly, "The Great Times," begins in Great Falls, Montana.
The High Uintas need help
Salt Lake City environmentalist Dick Carter of Utah Wilderness Association fame founds a new litigation group, The High Uinta Preservation Council.
No name for art
Bruce Hucko's book "Where There is No Name for Art: The Art of Tewa Pueblo Children," celebrates creativity of young Native Americans.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Wilderness golfing; a renegade in nothing but a T-shirt sent to save the soul of an angry man; Durango's Jeff Morrissey and more A-LP rudeness; housekeeper sues ritzy Colorado club.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
David Brower wants to empty Lake Powell; trail builder Gudy Gaskill visits.


Agency ordered to study trout - again
A judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review its 1994 decision that the bull trout does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Forest Service building is torched by night raiders
The Oakridge Ranger Station in Oregon is destroyed by unknown arsonists.
Judge tells EPA to hurry up in Idaho
Judge William Dwyer orders Idaho and the EPA to develop clean-up plans for 962 polluted rivers, streams and lakes.
Whiskey Peak: Great air, deteriorating ground
Wyoming's Whiskey Peak, popular with hang-gliders, ranchers, wildlife and others, faces difficult decisions on which roads to close and which to improve for access.
Checks are in the mail
Louisiana-Pacific must pay one of the largest product-liability settlements in U.S. history to customers who bought the company's Inner Seal home siding.
Locals learn the value of a good view
Developers' desire to build two subdivisions on private land within Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area stirs up trouble between landowners and the Forest Service.
Where's the fish?
Maps from Washington state's Department of Natural Resources wrongly shows no fish living in more than 1,000 miles of streams - and could thereby harm what fish remain when protective corridors are not left beside streams.
County trashes waste plan
Residents of Elmore County, Idaho, are upset by plans to put the state's largest landfill in their backyard.


High Country News Classifieds