Items by Marty Durlin

The SWOP letter
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.
Growing up political
Growing up political
Charles Conklin had an unlikely political career, successfully running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado -- for a time.
The Group of 10 respond
Two decades after the SWOP letter, the big environmental groups report their progress on the issue of environmental justice.
The Shot Heard Round the West
The Shot Heard Round the West
Twenty years after the SouthWest Organizing Project accused conservation groups of ignoring environmental justice, diversity in the movement remains elusive.
Audio: Water wonk
Audio: Water wonk
Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.
Betting on the rails
Betting on the rails
Warren Buffett buys Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Congress considers reforming railroad laws.
Deconstructing dueling claims
Deconstructing dueling claims
Writer Laura Paskus talks about the battle over New Mexico's Mount Taylor.
Audio: The joy of CX
Assistant editor Sarah Gilman explains why we should care about categorical exclusions.
My father's political career
My father's political career
A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.
Audio: Big threats to small ecosystems
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.
Audio: Where the buffalo roam
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.
Off the deep end?
Listen to Aaron Million talk about his Wyoming to Colorado pipeline dreams.
Scratching the savage itch
Craig Childs talks about his encounter with the wild world of professional bull-riding in an audio interview with Marty Durlin.
Jim Harvey vs. Big Solar
A Harley-riding desert activist talks about saving the Mojave ecosystem
Wind River revelations
Lisa Jones talks about Northern Arapaho horse whisperer and healer Stanford Addison, the subject of her book, Broken.
A passion to protect
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.
INNOVATE, Part III
INNOVATE, Part III
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.
Would you want to live near a wind farm?
Would you want to live near a wind farm?
Everybody believes in alternative energy, but very few people want to live next to giant wind turbines.
Wind setbacks
Wind setbacks
Everyone wants alternative power in theory, but nobody wants to live next to giant wind turbines.
Woman on the water
Heather Wylie talks about taking on the feds and floating the L.A. River.
Finding a nuclear waste dump
Judith Lewis speaks with HCN's Marty Durlin about the search for a nuclear waste dump and her latest article, Mountain of Doubt.
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Video: Humor in a world gone mad
Moab cartoonist Travis Kelly creates political cartoons in order to stay sane.
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
Audio: A BLM insider speaks
A former national recreation director talks about the pressures on government employees during the Bush administration.
Audio: Tito Naranjo on the Pueblo world view
A Native American explores the underlying tension with archaeology.
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Slideshow: Back to the garden
Recovering addicts find roots in the soil of New Mexico.
Audio: An unlikely senator goes to Washington
Oregon's Jeff Merkley wants to "change the world" as part of the new majority in the U.S. Senate.
Audio: Researching Rexburg
Ray Ring talks about his foray into Idaho's Mormon college community.
The fruits of their labor
The fruits of their labor
In Delta County, Colorado, a pilot program sent prisoners to work on three farms during the summer of 2008.
Field Day
In some Western states, including Colorado, prison inmates are taking the place of immigrant farmworkers.
Audio: A conversation with Alexandra Fuller
Listen to an exclusive, web-only interview with author Alexandra Fuller.