Items by Deanna Belch

Los Angeles dumps coal deal
Los Angeles has decided to pull out of a deal to expand a coal-fired power plant in Delta, Utah, using the money for renewable energy instead
Moab uranium tailings: should they stay or should they go?
The Energy Department is calling for public comment on its plans to clean up a 130-acre pile of uranium tailings and contaminated soils just upstream from Moab, Utah, on the Colorado River
Lawsuits swarm around Yellowstone snowmobiles
As soon as the National Park Service announced its new snowmobile rules – which slightly reduce the number of vehicles allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton – lawsuits began flying from both sides of the political divide
The little bill that... can't
Despite nearly unanimous support for designating the Ojito Wilderness Area, New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici, R, is stalling over reserved water rights and – according to critics – trying to undermine the Wilderness Act
Riding high on political inappropriations
The omnibus appropriations bill just passed by Congress contained more than a few anti-environmental riders, but not all of them survived for the president’s pen to sign
Californians put their money where their meter is
A new California law requires all homes in the state to use water meters by 2025
Calling all birders
The National Audubon Society’s 2004 State of the Birds report assesses worrisome population changes for 450 non-game birds
State loopholes upset Clean Air Act
The Environmental Integrity Project has issued a new report on power plant emissions called Gaming the System: How the Off-the-Books Industrial Upset Emissions Cheat the Public Out of Clean Air
Freewheeling wilderness proposal irks purists
The Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act would allow mountain bikers and chain saws into a proposed Oregon wilderness
Racetrack
A short guide to the highlights of election results from contests around the West.
Dear friends
HCN’s upcoming potluck is in Portland; new interns Deanna Belch and Lissa James; and corrections