Items by Paul Larmer

Survival of a trickster
Todd Wilkinson's "Track of the Coyote" praises the predator's intelligence and adaptability.
They're stepping down
Western Republicans Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Alan Simpson of Wyoming announce their retirement from Congress.
BPA: Making amends for a destructive past
The Bonneville Power Administration was born in the Great Depression and now sells the power from 29 federal dams.
Changing times force agency to swim upstream
The Bonneville Power Administration faces environmental and utility critics as it struggles to survive.
Move to repeal logging rider gathers speed
The salvage logging rider faces possible repeal in Congress.
Hunger striker to head East
On Oct. 3, activist Tim Ream began a hunger strike to protest the "logging without laws" salvage rider.
Congress' war against nature creates backlash
The anti-environment onslaught of the Republican Congress begins to falter as a backlash makes its presence felt.
Timber sales are throwbacks to beastly days
Recent old-growth timber sales like Oregon's Roman Dunn are clear-cut in what critics call an "old-fashioned, dirty" way.
Cut to the past: logging wars resume
Using an obscure provision in the recent salvage logging bill, loggers begin cutting healthy old-growth forests in the Northwest.
Sheep vs. sheep in Hells Canyon
The Forest Service again tries to remove domestic sheep from Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in order to protect bighorn sheep.
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.