Items by Paul Larmer
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When Paonia, Colo., resident Richard Rudin challenged a local mine's plans for expansion, the town was painfully divided, until the efforts of the North Fork Coal Working Group brought miners, environmentalists and agencies together for a solution.
Ecologist Joy Belski believes that cattle are the prime culprit behind the rapid spread of weeds in the Great Basin.
In the early 1970s, Tom Bell's "High Country News" tackled the killing of eagles by Wyoming sheep ranchers, and when the paper's environmental stand caused subscriptions to drop, loyal readers sent in money to keep it going.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber becomes the first major political figure in the Northwest to back breaching of four Snake River dams to help endangered salmon.
Quotes from High Country News' founding father, Tom Bell, show his passion about preserving the West.
Historian Keith Petersen talks about how Columbia and Snake River dams have made the Pacific Northwest what it is today.
Umatilla Indian Donald Sampson, director of the Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission, defends Indian rights to fish for salmon.
Jim Baker, the Sierra Club's point man on Columbia salmon, offers his ideas on breaching dams to save fish.
In Washington, conservationists, farmers, and federal and state agencies are passionately debating whether four dams on the lower Snake River should be breached in an attempt to restore endangered salmon and steelhead runs.
Superintendent Jerry Meredith has a management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, the first park to be managed by BLM rather than Park Service, and many environmentalists and some locals praise the job he's doing.
"Mark of the Grizzly: True Stories of Recent Bear Attacks and the Hard Lessons Learned" by Scott McMillion combines horrifying accounts with thoughtful discussion.
Todd Wilkinson's book, "Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War on Nature and Truth," chronicles the struggle of government agency biologists to stand up for environmental and wildlife protection.
A once-vigorous effort to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot County on the Idaho/Montana border has hit some unexpected road blocks and detours.
Entomologist Jack DeLoach's proposal to release exotic insects to fight the exotic tamarisk raises questions about the successes and pitfalls of biocontrol.
New Mexico's dried-up, tamarisk-choked Spring Lake comes back to life when the tamarisk is removed, inspiring the Pecos River Native Riparian Restoration Project to tackle tamarisk on the river.
The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.
Some locals are upset over the EPA's desire to expand its mining cleanup in Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Basin.
Judge William Downes rules that the wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone and central Idaho was illegal and orders the animals to be removed.
After a fierce wind storm levels parts of Colorado's Routt National Forest, debate begins over whether or not to log the damaged trees.
Utah's congressional delegation continues to try to dismantle the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument even as the locals begin to learn to live with it.
One of the problems facing the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher can be found in the bird's nest, where the opportunistic cowbird sneaks in its own eggs, hatching offspring that out-compete the flycatcher's nestlings.
A San Francisco Superior Court Judge rules against Ray Graham III in his suit against the Sierra Club Foundation.
In his own words, volunteer Michael Schindell with the National Endangered Species Network says HCPs have weak science.
In his own words, scientist Michael Bean of the Environmental Defense Fund says HCPs give landowners a reason to protect wildlife.
Some say the real problem with habitat conservation lies in the government's unwillingness to really enforce the Endangered Species Act.
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- Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s criticism of Trump wins him national prominence
- Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
- BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
- How Utah coal interests helped push a secret plan to export coal from California
- Melissa McDowell on Ranch Diaries: How to have a clear head and rested heart
- Harold Johnson on We should be proud of delisting grizzlies
- Mark Rozman on Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply
- Doug Johnson on In this season of potential megaburns, nix the campfire
- The Taylors on Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses