Items by Elizabeth Manning

Park may get trashy neighbor
Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
'There's a notion that Indians practicing their religions are less than religious'
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 sacred and profane collide in the West
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.
Tribal force
A new comic book called "Tribal Force" wants to offer positive role models as well as entertainment to young Native Americans.
This rancher wants to stay
Rancher Rob Blair in his own words on why he intends to keep raising cattle on the Mojave Preserve.
The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions
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.
A miner turns host
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.
Tribal force
A new comic book called "Tribal Force" wants to offer positive role models as well as entertainment to young Native Americans.
This rancher wants to stay
Rancher Rob Blair in his own words on why he intends to keep raising cattle on the Mojave Preserve.
The Mojave National Preserve: 1.4 million acres of contradictions
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.
A miner turns host
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.
Activist who survived bomb leaves a legacy
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.
A Chicago bank will try to invigorate Willapa Bay
Chicago's Shorebank Corp. leads in innovative attempts to raise loans and create business development in the Willapa Bay area.
Is Hanford back in the bomb business?
The Department of Energy is considering using Hanford's research nuclear reactor to produce tritium for nuclear weapons.
The NRA's powder may be getting damp
The National Rifle Association may be losing some of its hunter membership and other moderates as it moves farther to the right.
The WLFA: "Who are these guys?'
The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America packs a lot of clout among hunters and politicians.
'I kill them and cook them'
In his own words, Mac Carelli, owner of C&C Meats in Sheridan, Wyo., describes how he deals with bison carcasses.
'Humane is what's best for humans'
Yellowstone National Park photographer Jim Peaco, in his own words, on the bison slaughter.
The West awakes to "weird' weather
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.
Silence wins in Colorado
The FAA bans all commercial overflights of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park without much opposition.
No name for art
Bruce Hucko's book "Where There is No Name for Art: The Art of Tewa Pueblo Children," celebrates creativity of young Native Americans.
Can Madison Avenue tread lightly in the West?
Tread Lightly! tries to rein in reckless ORV advertising that glorifies the vehicles ripping up the land.
This machine makes trails ...
Forest Service volunteer Earl Monroe uses a skinny little bulldozer to help build trails on Colorado's Western Slope.
Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West
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.
Some big birds come back
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.
Newspaper sues Forest Service
The Eugene Register Guard sues the Forest Service for arresting two journalists at a logging protest at Oregon's Warner Creek.
BLM fills a hot job
The BLM appoints Jerry Meredith to manage the newly created, controversial Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.
Environmental laws fenced out
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.
Will Idaho voters derail nuclear trains?
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.
A green state could return to its roots
Democrats hope to make progress in Oregon at both state and national levels.