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High Country News December 09, 1996

Feature

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.

Dear Friends

Dear friends

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

News

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.

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.

Essays

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."

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.

Related Stories

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.

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