Items by Laura Paskus
Money is coming in for Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park & Baca National Wildlife Refuge; studies show cumulative impacts of oil development on Alaska’s North Shore; EPA ends water studies at Denver’s Lowry Superfund site; General Accounting Offic
New Mexico keeps cockfighting and dogfighting; western sage grouse not listed; too many Mormon handcart pullers in Wyoming; Lake Powell and other reservoirs dropping; and Colorado studies "Big Straw" and "logging for water."
In Native River, William D. Layman uses words and photographs to explore an earlier era of the Columbia River, before it was tamed and transformed by dams
Seventy percent of full-time National Park Service jobs may go to private sector; northern pike still thriving in California’s Lake Davis; traffic accident damaged nuclear waste container on way to WIPP in New Mexico; Washington state fears plans to down
BLM releases draft EIS on drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; Pentagon plans more exemptions to environmental laws; Terry Lynn Barton pleads guilty to Hayman Fire arson; Interior gives green light to coal-fired plant near Yellowstone; and st
Congress has exempted the U.S. military from an international law , the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, in a move environmentalists fear sets a bad precedent.
In Nevada, the BLM has retained federal ownership of the skeleton of "Spirit Cave Man," preventing both tribal reburial and scientific study of it.
A judge’s ruling giving Kennewick Man’s skeleton to scientists for study rather than to tribes for reburial may actually undermine federal authority over excavation on public lands.
Judge rules against Forest Service on New Mexico’s Copper Creek grazing allotment; Clinton’s roadless rule is reinstated; Forest Service ordered to obey Montana Wilderness Study Act; lynx arrive in Colorado for reintroduction and California Fish and Game
New Mexico and the Navajo Nation tackle cattle rustling; details of Vice President Dick Cheney’s Energy Plan won’t be released; "anaerobic digester" in the works to clean up hog-farm waste; Imperial Valley farmers refuse to sell water to San Diego, Calif.
Beef checkoff rule upheld by courts; California red-legged frog loses critical habitat; Hanford’s Fast Flux Test Facility will not be shut down; Neal McCaleb announces resignation as director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and EPA eases rules on coal-fir
The "Brownfields" program, an offshoot of Superfund, is designed to redevelop contaminated sites into real estate, but critics say it is not always up to the challenge.
Most green initiatives fail in West; a few bright spots; "Indian vote" helped Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., but not George Cordova in Arizona; Sen. Wayle Allard, R, re-elected in Colorado; Dems gain 11 seats in Idaho; Northwest keeps to status quo
Whistleblower says Fisheries Service followed politics, not science; decision to release water for the silvery minnow is reversed; Farmers get money for destroyed crops; Report says Bush admin. acted improperly when it overturned environmental regs.
The Bush administration says the National Environmental Policy Act needs to be "streamlined," but conservationists say the act is in danger of being "steamrolled."
BLM allows seismic exploration gas in Utah; Chemical Depot ordered to cease test burns; Colorado streams hit record lows; Sen. Chuck Grassley asks why ranger was pulled; and National Treasury Employees Union says no control of employees' politics
Thousands of steelhead and chinook and coho salmon have died in Northern California's Klamath River, and conservationists blame the Bush administration's decision to lower river flows.
San Gabriel Watersheds Study Act passes House; Sisters' cattle removed from BLM land; Gold mine resurrected for land sacred to Indians; Utah Rep. Jim Hansen makes deal to sell site to Mormon Church; and Mont. Gov. says miners are "true environmentalists."
Environmentalists are battling the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in northwestern Oregon over its plans to burn chemical weapons.
Groups appeal White River Plan; Wyoming Game and Fish wants dual classification for gray wolf; judge orders BuRec to release Rio Grande water; Interior Sec. and Assistant Sec. held in contempt; woman's body strapped to hood of vehicle.
"Bovines or Biodiversity: The National Campaign to End Abusive Public Lands Grazing," is this year's RangeNet conference, set in Boise, Idaho, October 9.
A new report, the ATV Safety Crisis Report, blames off-road vehicles for death and injury and suggests that their use should be regulated.
A new study shows Columbia River fish to be contaminated with chemicals that could harm the health of the Native Americans that eat them.
A draft policy released by the National Marine Fisheries Service in July does little to resolve the controversy over whether hatchery salmon and steelhead deserve equal protection with wild fish.
In drought-stricken northern New Mexico, ranchers are pushing to open the Valles Caldera National Preserve to livestock grazing.
Drought is having catastrophic impacts on the Navajo Reservation, but past history and current politics keep grazing reform from happening.
The best way to meet the true West is to explore its small towns and especially its smoky bars, and listen to the stories of the folks who gather there.
- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics