Items by Jon Christensen

Everyone helps a California forest - except the Forest Service
The Quincy Library Group of Plumas County, Calif., has won much approval nationally and yet finds itself having to battle the Forest Serivce on its own ground.
Talking ranching through its bleakest hour
Hudson Glimp of the University of Nevada's College of Agriculture seeks to create "sustainable agreement" in public-lands grazing.
Earthtones
Essayist Ann Ronald and photographer Stephen Trimble celebrate Nevada in the book "Earthtones: A Nevada Album."
Guy Pence leaves Nevada
The Forest Service reassigns District Ranger Guy Pence to Boise, Idaho, following two bombings in Carson City, Nev.
All of us feel we don't have the impact, the ability to make changes we had 20 years ago - Bonnie Whalen
Bonnie Whalen, a ranch-raised computer supervisor who works for the Forest Service in Elko, Nev., talks about the changes in her community.
Nevada's most rebellious
Nye County Commissioner and wise-use leader Dick Carver talks about the Sagebrush Rebellion in Nevada. Nye County rancher and wise-use leader Wayne Hage offers his view of the Sagebrush Rebellion.
As long as people are breaking the law and getting away with it...it's going to be tough - Jim Nelson
Forest Service Supervisor Jim Nelson talks about the violence that has followed his agency's crackdown on illegal grazing.
The hate in our country is reminiscent of Nazi Germany - Guy Pence
Forest Service District Ranger Guy Pence talks about the bombings of his office and van in Carson City.
Nevada's ugly tug-of war: A visit to the heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion
A writer tours the heart of the Sagebrush Rebellion - Elko County, Nev. - and talks to people on both sides of the struggle.
Mining reform might sneak back
Negotiations over reform of the 1872 Mining Law proceed quietly in the U.S. Senate.
Forest Service bombed in Nevada
A bomb damages the Toiyabe Forest Service office in Carson City, Nevada.
At home in the wasteland
The Great Basin is changing from within and becoming a more environmentally enlightened place.
Surprises of Sovereignty
Three tribes, the Pyramid Lake Paiutes, the Fort Mojave Tribe and the Skull Valley Goshutes, follow different paths toward sovereignty and economic development.
No final solutions for farmers
Environmentalists, irrigators and Indians battle over water in Nevada's Lahontan Valley.
A tale of two ranches
Two Nevada ranching families are worlds apart in their attitudes toward managing the land.
Elko is halfway home
Elko has outgrown its image of "the best small town of America."
Reno turns back to the river
Photographer Peter Goin wants to create disturbing images of Reno and the Truckee River so that viewers will be moved to change things.
Salt Lake City: Is this still the place?
Some Salt Lake residents worry that the world is coming too quickly to their "kingdom."
Learning from Las Vegas
Las Vegas continues to grow and change as tourists, gamblers and workers flock to town.
Activist seeks a green, just Nevada
Activist Bob Fulkerson...
Folk hero has a pure white vision
Cecil Garland fights the MX missile.
County commissioner courts bloodshed
County Commissioner Dick Carver...
A bitter rancher and a failed compromise
Nevada's Great Basin National Park was founded on an uneasy compromise between grazing and preservation.
Dave Foreman sparks wilderness drive
Dave Foreman and the Wildlands Project map an ambitious "wilderness vision" for the Great Basin.
Scientists search for biological treasures
Nevada is one of the top 10 states for both biological diversity and vulnerability, scientists say.
The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new
The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.
The labyrinthine nature of mine waste regulations
Environmental Protection Agency wants to put gold and copper mines under Superfund regulations.
Can a copper firm restore a blasted ecosystem?
Kennecott Copper wants to clean up Bingham Canyon copper mine on its own, while Environmental Protection Agency wants to make it a Superfund site.
Babbitt attacks mining's gold heists
Barrick Goldstrike Mines pays U.S. $10,000 for $10 billion in gold.
Las Vegas wheels and deals for Colorado River water
Patricia Mulroy negotiates for Southern Nevada Water Authority.