Items by Joshua Zaffos

Oregon ignores logging road runoff, to the peril of native fish
Oregon ignores logging road runoff, to the peril of native fish
Oregon has long refused to regulate sediment runoff from logging roads as pollution under the Clean Water Act. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide what the state should do.
Conservation agreements try to head off endangered species listings
Conservation agreements try to head off endangered species listings
Candidate conservation agreements try to keep rare species, like Colorado's Gunnison sage grouse, off the endangered species list, or at least healthy enough to lessen the restrictions that come with listing.
Of cowboys and Indians: Ravi Malhotra helps rural businesses
Of cowboys and Indians: Ravi Malhotra helps rural businesses
An Indian-born progressive applies social entrepreneur techniques gleaned from the developing world to struggling communities in Colorado through his nonprofit, iCAST.
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
A conversation with Ed Warner about energy, academics and the environment
Picking ranchers' brains, from Colorado to Mongolia
Picking ranchers' brains, from Colorado to Mongolia
Colorado State University professor Maria Fernandez-Gimenez researches traditional ecological knowledge to better understand how ranchers learn and adapt management practices, form their attitudes and opinions on environmental change, and interact with their neighbors and resource scientists.
Rare-earth reality check
Rare-earth reality check
Suddenly, everyone is eyeing the West's rare-earth deposits, but mining and processing the metals will not be easy.
 Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in
Utah's Sagebrush Rebellion capital mellows as animal-lovers and enviros move in
Kane County, Utah, heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion and an off-road vehicle paradise, is also home to a growing number of environmentalists, hikers and animal lovers.
A new land grab
A new land grab
The Oglala Lakota are determined to reclaim both their land and cultural heritage.
Revival or dam-nation?
Revival or dam-nation?
The push for alternative power could spawn a rush for small hydropower projects in the Northwest.
A river runs near it
In Washington’s Yakima Valley and in northern Colorado, water developers want to build kindler, gentler “off-channel” reservoirs.
Tribes look to cash in with 'tree-market' environmentalism
The Nez Perce Tribe is trying to combat global warming – and make a few bucks – by planting trees for carbon dioxide sequestration
On a wing and a prayer
The Gunnison sage grouse has been denied endangered species protection, and biologists like Clait Braun fear the species may be doomed
An ecosystem wanting for wolves
With the elk population at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park out of control, wildlife managers are considering bringing in four wolves to restore the balance
The allure of the gnarled
It took a while, but the writer eventually came to see the strange, harsh beauty of the gnarled old pinon and juniper trees in Canyon Country
The life of an unsung Western water diplomat
Silver Fox of the Rockies by Daniel Tyler tells the story of Delphus E. Carpenter, who sought peaceful resolutions to Western water problems, and helped create the 1922 Colorado River Compact
Easterners tilt at windmills while Westerners joust with a real foe
Cape Cod’s opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm sounds crazy to Westerners, who would gladly exchange nuclear waste dumps, coal mines and gas wells for some renewable energy
Grand plan for Grand Canyon
The National Park Service has released a new draft management plan and environmental impact statement for the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
Toxic waste, tainted justice
The Ambushed Jury by Wes McKinley and Caron Balkany tells how the federal government covered up nuclear crimes at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant outside Denver
Utah’s favorite sons battle for governor
In Utah, Democrat Scott Matheson Jr. is duking it out with Republican Jon Huntsman Jr. for the governor’s seat
Arizona elections stay 'clean'
Big business tries to challenge Arizona’s pioneering Clean Elections program, but the public campaign-finance program prevails
King of Fish, Slave to Man
In King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, David Montgomery documents the death of Atlantic salmon, and points out that the same threats and challenges face salmon recovery around the world
Mining town gambles on a road to riches
The rivalry between two Colorado gambling towns has led Central City to begin building a new highway to draw visitors directly to its casinos rather than to those of its more successful neighbor, Black Hawk
The terrifying saga of the West’s last big dam
The writer visits the increasingly costly Animas La-Plata Dam Project in southwestern Colorado
Water 'holy war' rages in central Utah
In central Utah, Sanpete County wants to build a dam and reservoir to provide for its fast-growing population, but neighboring Carbon County says the Gooseberry Narrows Dam will be a water-stealing boondoggle
The environment's 'most durable foe'
Historian Steven C. Schulte’s new book, Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West, portrays the chair of the House Interior Committee and the environmental movement’s "most durable foe" as a fair but rigid representative who, surprisingly, joc
Colorado Senate race steps into national spotlight
Democrats, looking to regain the seat held by retiring Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, offer strong support for Hispanic state attorney general Ken Salazar, who may vie against very conservative former U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer
You can’t hurry love in the rural West
The writer says you can’t hurry love in the rural West
Gas well slated for state park
Energen Resources Corp. wants to put a gas well on Navajo State Park in Colorado, near Navajo Lake
Clean water changes could sully Western streambeds
If the Bush administration pushes through a rule change to the Clean Water Act, three-fourths of the West’s rivers would be unprotected from pollution
‘Restoration Cowboy’ goes against the flow
Dave Rosgen has become a popular and influential guru in the field of river restoration and management, but some say his teaching oversimplifies a complex subject