Items by Ray Ring
High Country News welcomes new interns Danielle Venton and Neil LaRubbio; Marian Lyman Kirst is our new editorial fellow; and correction to captive wolves story.
In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy by fighting attempts to regulate the giant signs.
Burning down billboards isn't a good idea, but can a citizen fight the corporate power behind the big signs?
It might be a radical pairing, but if Huntsman ran as Obama's vice president, he'd get this writer's vote.
Corey Rossi, a Sarah Palin legacy, is charged with illegal hunting -- a sign that reforms are needed
Despite poor poll showings, the worldly Jon Huntsman Jr. is the most qualified candidate in the Republican primary, especially when it comes to environmental issues.
The melancholy history of whitebark pine management was shaped by ignorance and mistakes, but despite budget cuts and other challenges, whitebark lovers are determined to save the tree.
In a country where cigarettes and alcohol kill so many people every year, the argument against medical marijuana is pure hypocrisy.
In this issue's feature story, reporter Marilyn Berlin Snell turns to Navajo guides to understand the challenges facing today's tribal government.
An interview with Ed Bangs, who recently retired from heading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf recovery program
Gary Marbut's case for state rights in gun regulations is spreading from Montana to the rest of the country.
A Wyoming farmer's long struggle to find out what's polluting his water gets the attention of the EPA - and inspires reporter Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica.
Elling B. Halvorson, the main Grand Canyon air-tour operator, is involved in a great variety of Western businesses.
Grand Canyon air tours are fun, the way Las Vegas is fun, but one of the world’s natural wonders should not be treated like a sideshow.
Has some environmentalists' refusal to compromise helped cause the delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho?
Obama could give environmental causes a push in the right direction with his choices for new judges, especially in the West.
By insisting on buying goods, especially food, as cheaply as possible, we ignore the hidden and occasionally horrendous costs.
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.
Obama's nonconfrontational approach to life underlies his slow-but-steady approach to Western environmental issues.
- William Mullane on How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
- Ricardo Small on In Arizona, the people move ahead of the politicians
- Dean Nyffeler on New data released on violent threats to federal employees
- John Crosse on The Los Angeles wetland wars
- John Worlock on The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy