Items by Mark Matthews

Logging, floods push metals downstream
Heavy-metal mining pollution in Idaho worries people downstream in Spokane, Wash.
Sacred lands shouldn't smell
In his own words, Coeur d'Alene tribal councilman Henry SiJohn decries the pollution of a sacred place.
River cleanup is slow, expensive and maybe hopeless
Marti Calabretta directs the cleanup of Canyon Creek, one of the most polluted tributaries of the Coeur d'Alene River.
Pollution in paradise
Idaho's beautiful Silver Valley and Lake Coeur d'Alene build a new resort economy on a toxic stew of mining waste.
A rodent that can outlast a camel in the desert
Retired University of Montana zoologist Bert Pfeiffer studies "a very unusual animal" remarkably adapted to drought.
'Nobody gives a damn about the prairie dog'
The much-maligned praire dog is a more interesting - and more beneficial - animal than most Westerners know.
Forest chief resigns
Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas announces his retirement.
Desperate wolves
The four wolves shot for killing livestock in Montana had badly maimed paws - and 14 puppies to feed.
All is not quiet on the Front
Wyoming businessman Mark Alldredge files 104 mining claims in Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, possibly searching for diamonds.
Snail's trail leads to Yellowstone
Prolific New Zealand mudsnails are invading Yellowstone Park's Madison River, where scientists worry they will disrupt the food chain.
It ain't over till it's over
Some worry that the land swap proposed to prevent Crown Butte Resources from mining near Yellowstone has only a 50-50 chance of success.
Montana grizzlies move west
A grizzly and two 16-month-old cubs, sentenced to die for raiding cabins and garbage near Yellowstone National Park, are saved for a zoo by citizens of Big Bear Lake, Calif.
Development plan breaks consensus on grizzlies
A pact between Plum Creek Timber Co., Montana state and federal agencies, to preserve some land for grizzlies falters when Plum Creek decides to sell some of the land to developers.
Fish kill doesn't sway the EPA
Despite the killing of fish by polluted water in Montana's Clark Fork River, the EPA still says the removal of the toxic mining sediments that caused the problem is not worth the money.
Back with a bang
Despite some casualties, the reintroduced Yellowstone wolves seem to be thriving and beginning to reproduce.
Top dog loses patience
Yellowstone's new wolves knock the coyotes out of the "top dog" position in the park's ecosystem.
Yellowtail throws in his hat
Montana environmentalists rejoice at Bill Yellowtail's decision to run for the congressional seat vacated by Rep. Pat Williams.
Grizzlies forego their snooze
In Montana's Glacier National Park, young grizzlies have begun to eschew hibernation and prowl the park in winter, pilfering the kills of wolves and mountain lions.
Christians preach environmental gospel
Evangelical and other Christian environmentalists join together and save The Endangered Species Act, and to prove that not all Christians are represented by the right wing Christian Coalition.
A hot welcome on the fire line
Firefighter Risa Lange-Navarro talks about the difficulties women firefighters face.
Fighting fires, and indignities
World War II conscientious objectors who served as smokejumpers on Western forest fires reminisce about the difficulties and dangers they faced.
Feds decide that the Canada lynx can slink for itself
Conservationists protect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision and deny the Canada lynx a place on the list of endangered species.
In one man's hands, this lynx became a teacher
Forest Service biologist John Weaver learns from a lynx named Chirp that he raised from a kitten.