Items by Paul Larmer

Is another senator backpedaling?
Sportsmen and conservationists criticize Craig Thomas for not considering public access in his bill to turn over BLM land to states.
Company slips through president's noose
Crown Butte mining company officials hastily file 38 claims on national forest lands adjacent to Yellowstone Park a day before President Clinton's moratorium on such claims goes into effect.
BLM land: outstanding opportunities for crowding
Increased tourism on BLM lands forces the agency to rethink its management plans.
A Western senator hears from his constituents
New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete Domenici agrees to revise his Livestock Grazing Act after sportsmen, environmentalists and the media raise an outcry against it.
Can BLM save the grass, and itself?
The BLM begins fighting back in a last-ditch effort to save grazing reform - and the agency itself - from legislation that would halt reform and turn over public lands to the state.
Memo incontinence strikes again
Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton is embarrassed by the disclosure of memos showing his close ties to industry in his attempts to weaken environmental laws.
Endangered law backed in court, ripped in Congress
Even as the Endangered Species Act is upheld in Western courts, lawmakers in Congress work to destroy it.
Lettie Hellman
Delta County resident Lettie Hellman is a proponent of prisons for economic growth and other reasons.
A small mountain town shows prisons can be good neighbors
The prisons in Colorado's Fremont County have brought more benefits than problems, many claim.
How Colorado's hunters lost 90 acres to 300 prisoners
The Delta Correctional Facility was given unrestricted use of 91 acres in the Escalante State Wildlife Area in Colorado.
Crime is big business, on both sides of thelaw
Prisons are a major growth industry in the rural West.
Poor, rural places are magnets for prisons
Most new prisons are being built in economically troubled rural areas.
Colorado's prison slayer
Small businessman Tom Huerkamp fights the building of prisons in the rural West and looks for other ways to generate an economy.
Grazing reform 'reformed'
The Livestock Grazing Act of 1995, introduced by New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete Dominici, would kill Bruce Babbitt's grazing reform efforts.
Heard around the West
"Cow cops" in Oregon, "White Knight" claims land in Idaho's Nez Perce National Forest, Forest Service employees worry about bombs, timber industry has trouble buying salvage sales it pushed for.
Man, weather conspire against salmon
Hopes that a giant spring runoff would help baby Snake River salmon get past dams to the Pacific are killed by the weather and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Grazing settlement favors ranchers
A lawsuit over grazing on Montana's Beaverhead National Forest is settled in ranchers' favor.
Five states squirm as bull trout declines
Saving the bull trout will require the cooperation of five states and 34 national forests.
Soft-path approach to saving species
Hank Fischer of Defenders of Wildlife tries to use communication and consensus-building to save endangered species.
Idaho injunction lifted
Judge David Ezra lifts injunction that threatened to halt many activities on six Idaho national forests in order to protect salmon habitat.
Who killed the cows?
Rancher Tom Kelly believes environmentalists may have shot 13 of his cows.
Back to grazing reform ... maybe
New grazing regulations are released by BLM with little fanfare.
Congress helps ranchers, too
Senate approves bill requiring the Forest Service to reissue grazing permits to ranchers.
How Western senators voted on the Murray amendment
How Western senators voted on the Murray amendment.
Salvage logging squeaks by Senate
Senate agrees to suspend environmental laws in order to expediate salvage logging in national forests.
The wolf wasn't guilty
A reintroduced wolf shot by Idaho rancher Gene Hussey did not kill the dead calf it was found with, veterinary pathologists find.
Utah escapes missiles
U.S. Army decides not to launch missiles from Green River, Utah, and shoot them down over New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range.
Congress pushes unfettered salvage logging
U.S. House of Representatives passes a salvage logging bill that would nearly double the timber harvest on national forests.
Bill would fight fire with chain saws
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig proposes a bill to give fast-track approval to timber sales in forests at "high risk" for fire danger.
Salmon plan attacked
Environmentalists are critical of government's latest plan to save salmon.