Items by Marty Durlin
The letter sent 20 years ago by the SouthWest Organizing Project sparked a reaction from the big greens, who have sought to partner with more diverse groups and include more people of color in their staffs, boards and membership.
Charles Conklin had an unlikely political career, successfully running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado -- for a time.
Two decades after the SWOP letter, the big environmental groups report their progress on the issue of environmental justice.
Twenty years after the SouthWest Organizing Project accused conservation groups of ignoring environmental justice, diversity in the movement remains elusive.
Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.
A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.
Freelance science writer Madeleine Nash talks to Marty Durlin about the vulnerable springs of the Great Basin, and the threats they face from invasive species and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Freelance writer Josh Zaffos talks about his trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation and what he learned about how tribal members are reclaiming their property and their traditions.
Craig Childs talks about his encounter with the wild world of professional bull-riding in an audio interview with Marty Durlin.
Lisa Jones talks about Northern Arapaho horse whisperer and healer Stanford Addison, the subject of her book, Broken.
In this audio interview, Glo Cunningham talks about why she came to the ski town of Crested Butte, Colo., 34 years ago and what has sustained her fight to preserve its mountains and water.
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.
Everybody believes in alternative energy, but very few people want to live next to giant wind turbines.
Judith Lewis speaks with HCN's Marty Durlin about the search for a nuclear waste dump and her latest article, Mountain of Doubt.
A former national recreation director talks about the pressures on government employees during the Bush administration.
In Delta County, Colorado, a pilot program sent prisoners to work on three farms during the summer of 2008.
In some Western states, including Colorado, prison inmates are taking the place of immigrant farmworkers.