Items by Dustin Solberg
"Snow Country Memories: Interned in North Dakota," a new exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art, brings to life the World War II-era Fort Lincoln Internment Camp and the people who lived there, like poet Itaru Ina
The other day my great-uncle Alfred gave me a handful of the year's green beans, dried and ready for planting next summer. "Give them something high up to grow on," he told me. "They'll grow 7 feet tall."
New Western immigrants - illegal or not - often work hard in odd places, following the American dream.
A Montana Coalition hopes to buy 1,800 acres in the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area from Plum Creek Timber Co.
A revival of interest in explorers Lewis and Clark raises questions about how to handle increased tourism on the National Historic Trail through Montana - as well as questions about how the history should be told.
The remaining 54,000 acres of Colorado's Taylor Ranch - called La Sierra by the Hispanic locals - have been sold to Western Properties Investors, and no one is sure what the fate of the land will be.
California's Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge has been managed to benefit agriculture, not wildlife, critics say, but if water is given to the wetlands before it goes to irrigation, that could change.
The explosion of a gasoline pipeline in Bellingham, Wash., which killed three people, leads the Olympic Pipe Line Co. to withdraw its plan to build the Cross Cascade Pipeline.
Idaho environmentalists dispute the Clearwater National Forest's claim to have fulfilled a pledge to set aside 10 percent of the forest in old-growth reserves.
The Supreme Court rules that coalbed methane gas in southwestern Colorado does not belong to the Southern Utes, even though the tribe owns the coal from which the methane is extracted.
NW Forest Plan not saving owls; logging planned for beetle-infested forests in Wash. and Idaho; Canadian company to drill for oil on Blackfeet Reservation; Montana press secretary Andrew Malcolm to work for Bush campaign; Navajo Nation sues Peabody Coal.
In Washington's Methow Valley, irrigation ditches are bone dry because the National Marine Fisheries Service has shut off their water to protect salmon in the Methow River and its tributaries.
Gary Greff hopes to turn his small town, Regent, N.D., into a tourist mecca through the "Enchanted Highway," a series of giant metal sculptures he is erecting along the 30-mile road that links Regent to the interstate.
On the Great Plains, some beleagured farmers are pinning their economic hopes on local cooperatives, such as a pasta-making factory in Leeds, N.D.
The Interior Dept.'s use of a close reading of the 1872 Mining Law to stop the Crown Jewel mine in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington is overturned by a rider tacked on to an appropriations bill in Washington, D.C.
Battle Mountain Gold's plans to mine Buckhorn Mountain in Washington's Okanogan Highlands hit a snag when the Interior Dept. realizes that the mine's "waste-rock" piles will sprawl over more land than the 1872 Mining Law allows.
The Religious Campaign for Forest Conservation unites Christians and Jews in the struggle to save old-growth forests and end commercial logging on all public lands.
Idaho Watershed Project wins right to bid on state grazing leases; Colo. state attorney general plans to fight Gary Boyce's plan to export San Luis Valley water; Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game tries to get house in order; Montana corrals 60 stray bison.
The listing of salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act is forcing communities like Bellevue, Wash., to take action to protect fish habitat.
No refuge for prairie dogs in Baca County, CO; Zortman and Landusky gold mines reclamation; pipe bomb for Forest Guardians in Santa Fe; legislation fails to derail Mont. anti-cyanide initiative; judge says Yellowstone broke law in bio-prospecting deal.
Purple coneflower protected on N.D. state lands; federal agency says bison pose no risk to Mont.'s brucellosis-free status; endangered listing of salmon and steelhead will impact urban Seattle; Colo.'s Oil & Gas Conservation Committee may favor industry.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, created to oversee the state Department of Fish and Game, is under attack for supporting the breaching of four Snake River dams to help endangered salmon.
A booklet, "The Mortenson Ranch: Cattle and Trees at Home on the Range," profiles one family's attempt to restore the land on their working ranch.
Environmentalists cheer and critics vow to fight U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette's 1.4 million-acre wilderness bill for western Colorado.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. closes its polluting pulp mill; critics say USFS's moratorium on road-building not enough; Costilla County, Colo., sues Taylor Ranch; mountain plover may be listed as endangered; hunting rules for snow and Ross geese.
Yan Saeteurn, who was born in Laos and now lives in Redding, Calif., has built a life brokering matsutake mushrooms in the Oregon woods.
In her own words, Hoopa Valley Tribal member Sherlette Colegrove describes the Indian approach to harvesting plants and mushrooms.
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- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
- 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