Magazine
Bees under siege

January 20, 1997

Honeybees across the West - and the nation - are dying in huge numbers, and some think a pesticide, methyl parathion, may be the primary killer.

Feature

Bees under siege
Honeybees across the West - and the nation - are dying in huge numbers, and some think a pesticide, methyl parathion, may be the primary killer.

Sidebar

Natives emerge from the shadows
Gary Nabhan of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum believes the "forgotten pollinators" - native bees and other insects - have been ignored too long in favor of the non-native honeybees most people are familiar with.
Leonard Felix
Leonard Felix, in his own words, defends the safety record of the pesticides he and others aerially spray.
Miles County
Beekeeper Miles County, in his own words, explains why he thinks a pesticide is killing his hive.
When dead bees don't make a case
Beekeeper Tom Theobald pushes hard to get federal and state officials to address bee kills he is convinced are caused by the pesticide Penncap-M.

Book Reviews

Mostly you need faith
"Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing" by Andy Robinson offers a wealth of useful advice.
Andy Robinson's tips for activists
Quotes from Andy Robinson's book, "Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing."
El Lobo to return
Mexican gray wolves will be introduced in two locations in Arizona and New Mexico this fall.
Western raptors on the rise
The group Hawk Watch International reports that some birds of prey - merlins, ospreys and peregrine falcons - are doing well, although others, including northern goshawks and golden eagles, continue to decline.
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The Cowboy Poetry Gathering is back Jan. 25-Feb. 1.
Rivers Festival
The 17th annual Rivers Festival takes place Feb. 7-9 at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.
Volunteer student interns
Colorado State Senate seeks volunteer student interns for its regular session Jan. 8 through May 7.
Santa Fe's Forest Trust
Santa Fe's Forest Trust will hold six public meetings Jan. 18 to Feb. 16 in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
National Mining Conference and Exhibition
The 100th National Mining Conference and Exhibition will be held Feb. 2-5.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Yodeling saves lives in Oregon floods; mystery train in Nebraska; dog crap in Aspen; "Blue Mountain Paranoia" in Blanding, Utah; English girl saved from Vail ski lift.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Board meeting and potluck in Socorro, N.M.; HCN's growing pains and direct mail; winter intern Danielle Desruisseaux; in other news; thank you, Ginnie Newsom.

News

It will be noise as usual in Grand Canyon
The FAA's new rules for overflights at Grand Canyon will not ease the noise problem at all, critics say.
Bison deaths spur lawsuit
Environmentalists sue to stop Yellowstone park rangers from slaughtering bison that stray beyond park boundaries.
Horses, bikes push into petroglyph park
Environmentalists and Native Americans object to a proposed Park Service management plan that would develop bike and horse trails in New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.
Hunters get standing
A Colorado judge rules that hunters can sue the state for using money collected from taxes on hunters and fishermen to purchase land near Rifle for a prison site.
Money can't buy a full season
Higher entrance fees at Yellowstone won't necessarily keep the park open, because the money needs to go to repair roads and buildings, park officials warn.
They're still talking about A-LP
Consensus-building meetings in Colorado's Animas-La Plata water project will continue this winter.
This year, Congress slunk into Washington
In stark contrast to the revolutionary zeal that opened the 104th Congress two years ago, the 105th Congress begins quietly.
Dombeck takes on a new agency
Former BLM acting director Mike Dombeck takes over as the new chief of the Forest Service.
Silence wins in Colorado
The FAA bans all commercial overflights of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park without much opposition.
The West awakes to 'weird' weather
Strange winter weather brings extremes to the West, from 70-degree days in Colorado to floods in Nevada and snows and ice in the Northwest.
Grand Canyon rafting fees inflate
Rafting fees to float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon are being increased this year.

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