Items by Lolly Merrell

Wild tiles
To celebrate its purchase and renovation of the historic Roxy Theater in Missoula, Mont., the International Wildlife Film Festival is displaying 300 hand-painted ceramic tiles by artist Melanie Jeffs, each representing a donation.
Life in the wasteland
Eureka, Utah, a struggling former mining town, was named a Superfund priority site in September, but the Environmental Protection Agency is running out of funds for cleanup, and the Bush administration shows no interest in replacing them.
A briny time capsule
Drought has brought to light a long-submerged sculpture: artist Robert Smithson's earthwork, "Spiral Jetty," in the Great Salt Lake
Does dam breaching make cents?
Two studies have come out, taking different sides on the question of breaching three dams on Hells Canyon on the Snake River, one by Idaho Power Company and the other by the RAND think tank.
Revisiting Alcatraz
PBS plans to broadcast an award-winning film, Alcatraz is not an Island, about the occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late '60s by Native American activists.
Around the West, the hot races to watch
HCN takes a state-by-state look at the most important elections coming up in the West.
Magical, mystical and down-to-earth
At the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, Calif., scientists, activists, artists and dreamers meet to talk about sustainability and ecological and social restoration.
A dry old time
The Quivira Coalition is offering a workshop in low-tech river restoration methods on the Dry Cimarron River in northeastern New Mexico.
Traveling dunes
Photographer Andrew Harvey has created the Algodones Photographic Tour to draw attention to California's Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area and protect it from ATV use.
A legend of the land
Geologist J. David Love, who loved and understood the Wyoming landscape, dies at the age of 89.
Telling it on the mountain
As part of the United Nations' 2002: The Year of the Mountains proclamation, a program on the problems facing mountain peoples will be held in Silverton, Colo., Sept. 26-28.
River's end
The Culminating Conference for the year-long series, Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West, is set for four days in September in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Great Western Apocalypse
Record-breaking heat and drought are frying the West, and scientist John Harte of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colo., warns that this summer is only the kick-off for what global warming is likely to bring.
No magic bullet for wasting disease
Controlling the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk has developed into a major problem for Department of Wildlife officials in Colorado, with critics appalled at the agency's slaughter of the animals.
The garden of good and evil
Because invasive and noxious weeds can spread by planting popular wildflowers seed mixes available at nurseries and stores, it is better to purchase separate flower species when planning a garden.