Items by George Sibley
In the sixth year of what is settling out to be a chronic near-recession -- call it an “economic winter.”
Quillen skewered conservatives and liberals alike, and his sharp observations were always relevant and on-target.
In an age when wolves are radio-collared and tracked everywhere they go, can they still be considered wild animals?
The federal government should emulate FDR’s Rural Electrification Project: Put up the money to improve energy efficiency in the West, and let the locals do the work.
George Sibley believes our Neandertal brains hold us back from accepting the fact that we cause global warming.
Bill McKibben’s new book, Wandering Home, is a hopeful account of a leisurely hike across northeastern America, as relevant to the West as it is to the East
The writer says small towns are ripe for the kind of economic development that flows from the "creative class"
The West’s endless tug-of-war between scenery and resources is brought into dramatic focus at Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The author remembers his early days in a small Colorado mountain town, and ponders the economic and social changes that have slowly turned "Mendicant Mountain" into a bustling, expensive ski resort.
A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, saving the Upper Basin states from overdevelopment and industrialization.
River ecologist Dave Wegner, who oversaw the research that led to the "manmade" flood in Grand Canyon, quits after the Interior Department shuts down his Glen Canyon Environmental Studies offices.
Canyon hydrologist Jack Schmidt says that the decision of how to manage the Colorado River requires a decision on what kind of river people want it to be.
The first-ever manmade flood of the Colorado River through Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam is intended to help repair the river in Grand Canyon - and perhaps to signal the end of the "technocratic utopia" dream.
The closure of Camp Grisdale, a planned community for a permanent workforce of loggers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, marks the end of a sustained-yield program that was supposed to last at least a century.
The small-mill local-market industry has proliferated during this century, in the wake of the tree-mining industry that logged-out the old-growth and moved on.
As forest plans are applied to the National Forests over the next fifty years, how are the forests going to look?
Are Forest Service inventories today any more accurate, even-handed and comprehensive than they were a decade ago?
Louisiana-Pacific will soon have two aspen flakeboard plants on line in western Colorado, raising questions about "multiple use" forest management.
- William Mullane on How right-wing emigrants conquered North Idaho
- Ricardo Small on In Arizona, the people move ahead of the politicians
- Dean Nyffeler on New data released on violent threats to federal employees
- John Crosse on The Los Angeles wetland wars
- John Worlock on The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy