High Country News - Current Issue

Handperson
BLM OKs drilling near cave, sort of
BLM will allow drilling for gas near Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with some reservations.
A bright idea
A federal grant will install residential solar systems for rural customers.
A spinning door
Former BLM official Joe Hall is hired as consultant by Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
Woodlot owners at risk
Landowners risk being taken advantage of by unscrupulous private loggers.
At last, a California desert bill
California Desert Protection Act nears approval.
It ain't Antioch
Lance Craighead studies grizzly mating habits in Alaska.
Western governors' annual meeting
Representing 18 Western states, governors will meet June 22-24 to discuss the theme, "Common Interests: Commanding Our Own Destiny."
Forest Guardians
The Forest Guardians' first annual conference, is to be held at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M., June 20-22.
Youth Conservation Workshop
The Colorado branch of the Society for Range Management is taking applications for four scholarships to its annual Youth Conservation Workshop, July 6-12.
The Colorado Trail Foundation
The Colorado Trail Foundation offers three classes during the summer, on wildflowers, on watercolor and ornithology, and on geology of the San Juans.
For urban dropouts
John Clayton's book, "Small Town Bound: Your guide to small-town living, from determining if life in the country lane is for you, to choosing the perfect place to set roots, to making your dream come true," is reviewed.
A negligent bureau?
Public Employees for Environmental Responsbility's report, "Comprehensive Study of the Public Domain Forestry Program of the Bureau of Land Management," excoriates the BLM.
Let's talk
A conference on environmental conflict resolution prompted a bill that would establish a U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution within the Udall Foundation.
Eco-ranching - really?
The Sierra Club's Santa Fe, N.M., chapter and the Quivira Coalition host a free workshop June 14 to show that a ranch can be both a successful livestock business and a landscape of healthy native grasses and riparian zones.