Items by J T Thomas
The Lake County Open Space Initiative has preserved land around Leadville and created trails for cross-country skiing and other recreation, but some local politicians say it’s snatching up too much private land and water.
A new book, "Edward Sheriff Curtis: Visions of a Vanishing Race" by Florence Curtis Graybill and Victor Boesen, and a documentary film, "Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the American Indian" by Anne Makepeace, discuss the controversial photographer.
A legendary Colorado journal, the "Mountain Gazette," is being resurrected in Breckenridge, Colo., after two decades of dormancy.
Kirk Hohenberger and other vocal raptor experts are pushing utility companies to make power poles safe for the birds that perch on them.
The Burning Man arts festival has asked the BLM for permission for another desert arts gathering to be held Labor Day in the Nevada desert.
The jet ski industry is pushing on the Park Service to open more park sites for personal watercraft, but the National Park Service and the Dept. of Interior can't agree on how to manage the fast boats.
New Mexico's attorney general rules that water rights may be held onto even if the water is not diverted from the stream to be used.
A judge upholds the right of the National Park Service to ask rock climbers to stay off Wyoming's Devils Tower during June, when Native Americans hold religious ceremonies.
A planned jetboat race up and down a 50-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana is cancelled following a flurry of criticism.
Following Forest Supervisor Gloria Flora's banning of new oil and gas leases on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, Sen. Max Baucus has a bill to ban oil and gas exploration on surrounding forests as well.
New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici is trying to push a controversial six-lane highway through Albuquerque's Petroglyph National Monument.
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, intended to help rivers such as Colorado's North Fork of the Gunnison, meets surprising opposition from Western conservatives.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission restricts some high-tech hunting tools and tactics - although not as many as hunter and activist Allen Weinert recommended.
The Wilderness Society and the Forest Service have published reports that disagree entirely on how much money the agency has lost through commercial timber sales in Washington and Oregon.
- 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
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics