Items by Elizabeth Manning
Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
In her own words, Lakota Sioux spiritual and cultural leader Charlotte Black Elk discusses the clash between Native and white spirituality at places like Devils Tower.
The growing desire of Native Americans to protect their sacred sites in the West leads to sometimes acrimonious debate over public access, the First Amendment and the definition of sacred places.
A new comic book called "Tribal Force" wants to offer positive role models as well as entertainment to young Native Americans.
California's new Mojave National Preserve, touted as "a park for the 21st century," seeks to remain primitive and to avoid alienating the small communities in and around the preserve.
Jerry Freeman, owner of the tiny town of Nipton, Calif., in his own words on why he thinks the preserve will be a good - and profitable - thing.
Environmental activist Judi Barr, who survived a car bomb on the eve of Redwood Summer in 1990, dies of cancer at home in Willits, Calif.
Chicago's Shorebank Corp. leads in innovative attempts to raise loans and create business development in the Willapa Bay area.
The Department of Energy is considering using Hanford's research nuclear reactor to produce tritium for nuclear weapons.
The National Rifle Association may be losing some of its hunter membership and other moderates as it moves farther to the right.
In his own words, Mac Carelli, owner of C&C Meats in Sheridan, Wyo., describes how he deals with bison carcasses.
Strange winter weather brings extremes to the West, from 70-degree days in Colorado to floods in Nevada and snows and ice in the Northwest.
The FAA bans all commercial overflights of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park without much opposition.
Bruce Hucko's book "Where There is No Name for Art: The Art of Tewa Pueblo Children," celebrates creativity of young Native Americans.
Tread Lightly! tries to rein in reckless ORV advertising that glorifies the vehicles ripping up the land.
Forest Service volunteer Earl Monroe uses a skinny little bulldozer to help build trails on Colorado's Western Slope.
Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.
Six young condors now in a holding pen in Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs will be the first condors to live on the Colorado Plateau since 1924.
The Eugene Register Guard sues the Forest Service for arresting two journalists at a logging protest at Oregon's Warner Creek.
The BLM appoints Jerry Meredith to manage the newly created, controversial Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
A provision in the spending bill allows the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act to be waived for border projects such as fences - which could harm endangered species.
Idaho's Proposition 3 would void Gov. Phil Batt's deal to bring some nuclear waste into the state and would require that all such agreements in the future have citizen approval.
In Washington, Democrats hope to win back the state Legislature that went to Republicans two years ago.
The Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado drops its plans to build new ski runs on a neighboring mountain.
A plan to build a visitor's center for Utah's Grand Gulch worries some, who fear more people - including pothunters - will be encouraged to visit the area.
- Kyle Klain on Enough is enough at the Glen Canyon Recreation Area
- Mary Sojourner on Rants from the Hill: Desert Insomnia
- Mary Sojourner on Solace at the end of Homer Spit
- Jennafer Waggoner-Yellowhorse on Why are Hopi rangers impounding sheep at Black Mesa?
- Emma Drew on What’s in the water in Woods Cross?