Items by Heather Abel
In an election that drew a lot more media attention than actual voting, the Sierra Club membership votes down a controversial anti-immigration policy.
The Superfund Law was created to make sure companies clean up the messes they make, but the system has glitches.
In his own words, former water-quality enforcer Kevin Keenan criticizes the state of Montana for its favoring of the mining industry.
Local activists fight a mining giant when they battle the Zortman-Landusky gold mine on the edge of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
In his own words, retired rancher Land Lindbergh warns against the damage the McDonald Mine would do to the Blackfoot.
The Garland family in Lincoln, Mont., illustrates Montana's love-hate relationship with mining, with Teresa Garland in favor of the McDonald Mine and her sister Becky strongly against it.
The statistics of a huge gold mine like the proposed McDonald Mine are impressive, but the de facto city created will last only 10 to 20 years.
Montana writers collaborate on a book called "Headwaters," hoping to protect the Blackfoot River from a gold mine.
McDonald mine owners, Canyon Resources, face problems related to spills, finances and falling gold prices.
The proposed McDonald Mine on the Blackfoot River would impact a landscape made mythic by anglers and Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It."
Montana has long had a love-hate relationship with hardrock mining, and the prospect of new massive gold mines is bringing all the problems to a boil.
Babbitt on gambling; Charles Wilkinson's pro-logging; Headwaters protesters; Portland's bikes stolen; Animas La-Plata update; winter in Yellowstone; China Left timber sale; oil/gas industry appeal Mont. ban; Dinosaur Nat'l Mon.; BLM's Mike Austin.
Dr. Patrick Shipsey convicted in Oregon cow killing; Goshute Indians want casino in Utah; Judge William Dwyer retires; Yellowstone Chief Ranger Dan Sholly under investigation.
Sierra Club on immigration; USFS Christian group, ACROSS; Kevin Gover to head BIA; Tyrannosaurus Sue; Colorado politics; USFS's Charles Cartwright under scrutiny; Jim Baca new mayor of Albuquerque; governor's race in Idaho.
Margaret Reeb agrees; Sen. Dan Young gets monument documents; Eugene, Ore., Mayor Jim Torrey gets barfed on; Charles Hurwitz gets pie in face; Reed Benson to direct WaterWatch.
Animal Damage Control changes name to Wildlife Services; Richard Riordan; Jeff DeBonis leaves PEER, Jeff Ruch takes his place; People For the West and grizzlies; Zakkare Garrett.
Helen Chenoweth, Barbara Cubin, Jim Hansen and Rick Hill give Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay a tour of the West; Bruce Babbitt, Sen. Slade Gorton on Elwha dam removal; convicted Fife Symington resigns; Jane Dee Hull is Ariz. gov.; Ricky Denesik
Greenpeace USA crashes and makes extreme cutbacks; Phil Hocker leaves Mineral Policy Center; Ted Turner plans to breed Mexican wolves on his N.M. ranch; Forest Service says no to checks; Bill Yellowtail is reappointed to Denver EPA office.
Sen. Dale Bumpers and Rep. Elizabeth Furse plan to leave Congress; Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund changes name; Mike Mease travels in buffalo bus; Great Grizzly hikers trek to protect Mont. bear habitat; Mormon Trail wagon train.
Looter gets break on sentence; Tate and Hodel replace Reed in Christian Coalition; Wyo.'s Gov. Jim Geringer on endangered ranching; Helen Chenoweth on "warm-climate community"; Hari Heath's Benewah County group secedes; Dan Quayle gets Western address.
Mining supporters outnumber environmentalists at a series of meetings held in the West by the BLM to consider possible changes in BLM mining regulations.
Babbitt borrows from Broadway; Moabites convicted of pilfering artifacts, Billings, Mont., poacher fined; Al Schneberger quits N.M. Cattle Growers' Assn.; Ruckus Society protesters arrested; Adam Werbach and Bert Fingerhut head enviro governing councils.
Tracing Summo USA's family tree can be challenging, since it is wholly owned by Summo Minerals, a Canadian company, which does nothing but own its American company.
In their own words, Kay Howe and Claudia Akers discuss how their homesteading in Utah's Lisbon Valley turned them into anti-mining activists.
In his own words, orchardist Estevan Arellano speaks of querencia - love of home - and how it is threatened by Summo's planned copper mine.
- Jane Shafroth on Rants from the Hill: The aliens that make Nevada home
- Irene S on No direction home
- Richard Crow on Ranch Diaries: Why cowboy life is intense
- Richard Crow on Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
- Mary Mcallister on Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress