Items by Judith Lewis
The plight of a small water and sewer association in rural Mora, N.M -- caught in a tangle of federal and state clean water rules it can’t afford to meet -- echoes experienced by other rural communities around the West.
The Obama administration makes it harder for its environmental message to be heard when it sets up roadblocks to information and blocks media access.
The Forest Service finally assesses the impacts of fire retardant chemicals, but never answers the question of how useful they really are.
California Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee questions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the safety of the state’s nuclear plants.
Environmentalists like the tone of the Forest Service's new draft planning rule, but worry about how - and if - it will be enforced on the ground.
A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.
Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.
Although most Nevadans seemed in favor of a hardrock mining tax increase, an initiative that proposed to do just that never made it to the ballot.
Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.
What would happen if a killer storm like the one that walloped the West in 1862 hit California today?
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
- Buck Drew on Chainsaw diplomacy