Items by Paul Larmer

Grazing buyouts help land and ranchers
Some Western ranchers, fed up with economic problems and other conflicts, are handing over their grazing allotments to conservation groups in exchange for a healthy check
Energy without hypocrisy
Natural gas is a wonderful thing, but our need for it does not outweigh our responsibility to the land
Reawakening our wild humanity
Human beings can learn a lot from our wild animal cousins, but we need to pay more attention to them — especially to the ones we flatten on the highways
Who'll stop the rain?
January may have brought rain and snow to parts of the West, but the study of past climates warns us that we still have to learn to live with drought
Here’s hoping the drought is not over
The writer welcomes the latest moisture but says we still need to learn the lessons of drought
Looking outside the box
In this issue, High Country News ventures outside its usual box to look at 10 serious issues facing the West in the next four years
Politics as a winner-takes-all game is a loser
It would be a grave mistake for President Bush to assume that his recent victory gives license for a winner-take-all power grab in the West
Dear friends
Terry Tempest Williams on the First Amendment; HCN Portland board meeting; remembering Judy Jacobsen
The conservation hall of fame is too small
The brothers Stewart and Mo Udall are two of the West’s conservation heroes, and their sons, Rep. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado, have very large shoes to fill in their own work for the Western landscape
Look who’s in the conflict business now
A rising number of Westerners are committed to local solutions that benefit both the land and communities
The beauty of the ugly West
Towns like Wamsutter, Wyo., may never be quaint and charming, but they can lay claim to their own rough beauty once a real community takes root
Commemorate or celebrate?
In this issue of High Country News, four essayists take a thoughtful look at the Lewis and Clark expedition and its impacts – past and present — on Indian America
Buying ecological leverage
High Country News interviews Bill Hedden of the Grand Canyon Trust about northern Arizona’s Kane and Two Mile ranches, which the Trust and the Conservation Fund have an exclusive option to purchase
Waxing and waning in the Modern West
Collaborative conservation may help revive both endangered prairie ecosystems and the struggling farm communities of the Great Plains
The people who care about HCN
This issue features three pages of letters from readers, weighing in on High Country News’ editorial approach to the Bush administration’s environmental policies
Ballot-box democracy
The same kind of "ballot-box planning" that’s been used to control development in small towns like Paonia, Colo., is being manipulated by Wal-Mart in its quest to build more Supercenters in the West
Laboring for the environment
The challenge of restoring one overgrazed, weed-choked pasture is a good example of the kind of work that needs to be done in the West, to the benefit of both workers and the environment
In search of political dialogue
Our theory that newcomers would, over time, change the political landscape to one more progressive in outlook, needs revision
Saving ranchlands doesn’t mean saving the rancher
The writer urges us to focus on saving the land, not the rancher
The great ranch lands sell-off
Environmentalists and ranchers should quit arguing about public-lands grazing and work together with the land trust movement to save the land we all love
President Bush should consider a “land grab“ of his own
A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands
A monumental shift for public lands
The writer tells President Bush that some public lands are worth more as national monuments than energy producers
In conservation contests, there are no slam dunks
The increasing politicization of the courts is creating a hazardous landscape for conservationists, who need to diligently oppose anti-environmental judges
A plan for Spaceship Earth
President Bush’s space initiative will most likely come to nothing, but it reminds us that we need to get our own planet in order before we explore the galaxy
Lost in the wilderness of power politics
The kind of democratic dialogue that creates viable wilderness proposals is impossible in the current wilderness of power politics
A defensive island
Los Alamos National Laboratory needs to be open with the public about the messes it has made, in order to ensure that the public health is protected
Pieces of the economic puzzle
The West’s small towns have always been subject to boom-and-bust economies, and even when the coal mines close and the factories move overseas, new economic engines will likely take their place
A shock to the system
Montana’s Flathead Valley shows how environmentalists can work together – even work with their opponents – to get things done in a climate hostile to conservation
Dear Friends
Farewell, Radio HCN; and Farewell, radio staffers Adam Burke, Krissy Clark and the recently arrived Maria Schell
The return of the Nuclear West
Those who thought the West’s nuclear role would wind down with the end of the Cold War are facing a brand-new nuclear age, one that is being created behind closed government doors where few questions are asked