Items by Stephanie Paige Ogburn

It's not the two-headed fish
Deformed animals are a great way to get readers' attention, but the Simplot story has been mistold
Capturing our way out of the carbon mess
Utility scale coal plants begin to collect their CO2
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Rantcast: Sorry, Utah
Ever found balloon detritus when hiking in a pristine wilderness? Michael Branch rants about the airlifted trash he finds in Nevada's high elevation desert, and then decides to dump some of that trash on Utah.
Selling water to the highest bidder
Economists, looking to Australia, float a market-based system for the Colorado Basin
Friday news roundup: Catch-share cuts and free water
NOAA gets a budget slash; activist appeals sentence; woodpeckers are endangered
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings
Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.
Insects v. orange juice lovers
The best way to stop a deadly citrus disease may be genetic engineering
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rantcast: The leprechaun trap
Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.
Is that MRSA in your porkchop?
The Food and Drug Administration is forced to confront risks of antibiotic overuse in confined animal feeding operations
Sodbusting farmers plow up the Northern Plains prairie
Sodbusting farmers plow up the Northern Plains prairie
The biofuels "corn bubble" and other financial incentives encourage farmers to plow up native grassland in the sensitive Northern Plains prairie potholes ecosystem; government policies don't help.
The mystery of Death Valley's missing pupfish
Scientists piece together the reasons behind a population crash of one of the most endangered species in the world
Green Revolution 2.0? Using molecular markers to speed up Mendel
Breeding drought-resistant crops without genetic modification
Good news for pine, bad news for spruce
One beetle population declines but another grows
Monopolies march on
The Obama administration's antitrust actions have failed to materialize for those in agriculture
Shadow Wolves track down smugglers on the Arizona-Mexico border
Shadow Wolves track down smugglers on the Arizona-Mexico border
An elite team of Native American customs agents, the Shadow Wolves use their tracking skills to find drug smugglers on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Genetically modified or no, farmed salmon a risky proposition
The farmed salmon industry deserves closer environmental scrutiny
The age of disturbance
Can land managers handle the new Western forest?
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
When a giant dairy proposed building near Jerry Nivens' beloved New Mexico home, the chain-smoking Texas hermit became an activist who organized other locals to fight the industry.
California's high-speed rail is slow to gain speed
California's high-speed rail is slow to gain speed
The U.S. continues to trail the rest of the world in high-speed rail development, as California's long-planned bullet train is delayed yet again.
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.
Thanks to Obama, cattlemen lose out
Thanks to Obama, cattlemen lose out
Proposed rule changes that would have made it easier for small-scale ranchers to compete with giant meatpacking corporations just went down in flames.
Obama sides with big business over small cattlemen
A USDA effort to level the playing field between giant meatpackers and small ranchers bites the dust
High-speed rail has high costs, but so do other options
The recent freakout over California's new cost projections ignores realities of infrastructure investments
The hazards of nonhazardous coal ash
Despite its toxic contents, Republicans want EPA to back off regulations
Not all government programs need cutting
Not all government programs need cutting
The Conservation Reserve Program has encouraged millions of acres of idled farmland to be used as wildlife habitat, but now it may be plowed under by a budget-cutting Congress.
Too much poop can be hazardous to your health
But some politicians beg to differ
Farmland conservation program may be plowed under
Farmland conservation program may be plowed under
The Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to idle highly erodible cropland, is facing budget cuts and other challenges.
Gay Interior Dept. employees share their experiences
"It Gets Better" campaign aims to give bullied teens hope
Methyl iodide's toxic saga continues
New documents show pesticide review process flawed
Utahns oppose Las Vegas' Snake Valley water grab
Pipeline plan proves pricey and environmentally damaging