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A-LP makes a hit list

  Colorado's Animas-La Plata project, the controversial water development plan entangling two rivers, two tribes, and nearly every politician in the state (HCN, 11/11/96), has been named one of a dozen "corporate welfare" schemes on a Washington hit list. The list was announced by Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, chair of the House Budget Committee. His coalition includes conservatives and public interest groups such as Taxpayers for Common $ense as well as consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Critics were gleeful. "This is A-LP being seen for what it is: pork," says Michael Black, spokesman for the Durango-based Taxpayers for the Animas River.

Meanwhile, players on both sides of the A-LP debate seem to be making news. On Jan. 23, the Southern Ute Tribal Council ousted one its members, outspoken A-LP critic Ray Frost, due to allegations that he sexually harassed several female tribal employees, including a 15-year-old worker at the tribe's casino.

* Danielle Desruisseaux