Items by Matt Jenkins
Don Powers, of the California Department of Fish and Game, spends his days relentlessly pursuing abalone poachers who can't seem to resist the chance to bring in some illegal shellfish cash.
After he impersonated a Heartland Institute board member, gadfly scientist and Pacific Institute head Peter Gleick has been persona non grata. But California water bosses may miss his fierce intellect.
Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, has battled for decades to bring water to southeastern Colorado and, once it's there, to keep it no matter what.
Journalist Chris Woodka tries to bring unbiased water coverage to the pages of the Pueblo Chieftain.
Faced with increasingly destructive wildfires, California is trying to shift some costs to homeowners in the fire zone.
Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.
For 18 years, Westerners have been arguing about BLM’s wilderness-worthy land; now, the Obama administration has stepped in.
A Crescent City, Calif. crab boat captain maneuvers his way through a tsunami-whorled sea in order to save his fishing boat.
The Navajos are on the brink of getting water they've long been entitled to, but not everybody on the reservation is pleased.
Three decades after winning the right to catch salmon, California's Hupa Indians debate whether it's right to sell those fish off the reservation.
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
Budget cuts have endangered California's Water Resources Center Archives, which serves as the state's institutional water memory.
A rider to the jobs bill could free up water for California farms—and blow up hope for balance in the future of the state’s water politics
California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.
Despite auctioneer Peter Stremmel's enthusiasm, the Western artwork sold at this year's Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno didn't bring very high prices.
Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.
That candy bar you're eating may have been made with genetically modified beets that were illegally approved.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is slowly removing obstacles in the way of its plan to pump water from the Great Basin and ship it to Las Vegas.
If Eric Kuhn is right about the Colorado River, then the state faces a dry and difficult future of fighting for water.
California is enthusiastic about creating “water banks” to help the state’s cities weather future droughts.
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- 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