Items by Oakley Brooks

The lesson of earthquake and tsunami: Never forget
The lesson of earthquake and tsunami: Never forget
Both Japan and the United States have grown complacent about the dangers of earthquakes and tsunamis.
Market cooling
California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon
Portland and Seattle steal all the rain
The writer in Portland yearns for a dry spell
Putting green Portland on the map
The Portland Green Map lists 800 resources and points of interests to guide Portland residents and visitors who lean green
Oak killer on the loose
Sudden oak death, a disease which has killed thousands of native oak trees in Northern California, has appeared in southern Oregon.
How green is this growth?
Local critics are working to stop a much-touted "model" development planned for the Ahmanson Ranch on the edge of Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains.
Park photo contest comes with corporate baggage
Watchdog groups are worried that a Park Service photo contest, organized and sponsored by Kodak, sets a bad precedent of corporate entanglement with national parks.
A slow comeback for Mexican wolves
Reintroduced Mexican gray wolves are continuing to die along the Arizona-New Mexico border, and environmentalists blame ranchers for the latest deaths.
Straw bales relieve housing crunch
The Red Feather Development Group works to bring to Indian reservations low-cost, efficient housing, using straw-bale construction.
Of raptors, rats and roadkill
"Raptor Room News: A Non-Scientific Journal of Goings-On" is the voice of the Northern Rockies Raptor Center, which has been nursing injured birds back to health for 12 years.
Agency gets rebuked
A National Academy of Sciences report on the "Long-Term Institutional Management of U.S. Department of Energy Legacy Waste Sites" says that the Dept. of Energy still doesn't know how to manage the more than 100 federal nuclear sites in the country.
Little town shows big heart in the face ofgrowth
The residents of a small California town, Cambria, successfully joined with a state-funded preservation group to protect open space from a development planned by Hong Kong investors.
Is a gold mine's discharge illegal?
The Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine near Victor, Colo., is the largest open-pit gold mine in the state, and, according to the Sierra Club and the Mineral Policy Center, is also the state's biggest polluter.
Los Alamos piles on more waste
Local watchdog groups are worried that radioactive waste intended for temporary storage at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be there permanently, as new waste arrives with no definite future destination.
Some Puget Sounders bet on the farm
In western Washington, a program called FarmLink connects prospective farmers with current farmers who would like to sell land.
Rivers without water
WaterWatch's recent report, "Rivers Without Water: Oregon's Unnatural Disaster," offers suggestions for keeping more water in the state's streams and rivers.
Animas-La Plata staggers on
The latest version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project passed the Senate and could become a rider on spending legislation when Congress resumes Dec. 5.
The latest bounce
Maria Cantwell beats Slade Gorton in Wash. Senate race; Democrats plow reservation roads in MT; Wyo. state Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux charged with voter fraud; Ariz. House Speaker Jeff Groscost, R, ousted; Boulder, Colo., voters ax low-cost housing.
Into the depths
Scientists have created new, electronic maps showing what the bottom of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park would look like without water.
Colorado's Coal Basin starts a new life
In western Colorado's Coal Basin, geologist Steve Renner works with alternative high school students in the area he has been working to restore as part of a Forest Service ecosystem-monitoring project.
Congress moves on local proposals
Fearing more last-minute monument designations, Westerners have begun working with the Clinton administration to find other ways to protect public lands.
The power of vision and memory
Charles Wilkinson's new book, "Messages from Frank's Landing," gives voice to the struggle of Nisqually Indian activist Billy Frank, Jr., in Washington state.
Mudfest debacle muddies off-roaders' future
When two Boulder, Colo., disc jockeys invited four-wheelers to an impromptu rally at nearby Caribou Flats, the resulting "Mudfest" wrecked private land and alpine wetlands and stained the reputation of the state's ORVers.
Will Western skies be clear enough?
The Western Regional Air Partnership has a plan to clear the air over the Colorado Plateau, but critics say the plan is much too soft and likely to prove ineffective.
The Black Hills won't log everything
A green lawsuit forces Black Hills National Forest to refrain from logging one of its last roadless areas, and to protect old-growth stands and designate wildlife study areas.
Another legacy of drought
Wyoming veterinarians are blaming the drought for the summer's unusually high number of cattle with deadly sulfate-induced polio.
Red-legged frog habitat slated for protection
In California, critical habitat is finally designated for the threatened red-legged frog.