Items by 'asta Bowen

A barbed tragedy is lodged in Libby
The writer describes her thoughts as she witnessed the closing arguments of an asbestosis case in Libby, Montana.
Children teach tough lessons
A Montana teacher worries about the dark impulses that lead her schoolkids to deface a poster of a wolf, with an ink-drawn bullet through its forehead.
How an eco-logger views his work
Montana's Bob Love - an "eco-logger" - runs a one-man selective logging business which demonstrates his love for trees.
Lessons from a rampaging river
The flood and fire that hit Grand Forks, N.D., when the Red River rose, raise a hard question: Why must communities face catastrophe before people come together as a "we"?
No nagging or preaching here
A review of "Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things" by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning, which traces origins and costs to the environment of things we take for granted.
Stripmining history and culture for dollars
Native Americans and others are upset by a New York brewery's determination to market "Original Crazy Horse Malt Liquor."
A mystery the size of your fist
An explosion of blooming beargrass in the Northern Rockies leads to musing on the ways that wisdom differs from information.