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  • Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • Coloradan tapped for Interior

    President-elect George W. Bush has nominated former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton to head the Interior Department, and some environmentalists are worried about her ties to industry.

  • Weirdness abounds in Washington

    His choices of Gale Norton for Interior Secretary and John Ashcroft for Attorney General show that George W. Bush has already abandoned bipartisanship.

  • Forestry nominee: Rey of light or death Rey?

    Supporters call Mark Rey, Bush's nominee for undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, a forest management expert, but wary environmentalists liken him to Darth Vader and Machiavelli.

  • Greens join 'Let's derail a judge' game

    Environmentalists adopt the conservative strategy of working to derail the nomination of federal judges whom they fear could harm their cause.

  • Why did Norton really leave Interior?

    If outgoing Interior Secretary Gale Norton didn’t receive a push out the door, she certainly deserved one after her involvement in the sleazy Jack Abramoff scandal

  • Interior's new secretary — general or footsoldier?

    Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed

  • 'They both do not exist'

    Quote by Wyoming Attorney General Patrick Crank

  • It’s the West’s turn to call the shots

    The writer sees political leadership emerging from the West, a region disdained by the Eastern establishment.

  • Thank you, Gale Norton

    The writer thanks Gale Norton for inspiring Westerners to form a new kind of coalition

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