Items by Rachel Jackson

Reading for — and about — a rainy day
Best Essays NW gathers a collection of Oregon Quarterly essays, most of them written by unknown writers who look at the Northwest from a unique perspective
A water tale to set you on fire
Drury Gunn Carr's new documentary follows the Shoshone Tribe's legal battle to change Wyoming water law and win its water rights.
Pollution pickle sours landowner
Cleaning up asbestos-laden soil around a warehouse owned by the Minot, N.D., Park District may cost the district a lot, with the previous owner long gone and the source of the asbestos, W.R. Grace, now bankrupt.
Utah's flower child
Utah native Paul Ames gathers and sells native wildflower seeds to encourage people in arid places to garden with indigenous plants.
The timber sale that won't die
The Eagle Creek timber sale in Mount Hood National Forest near Portland, Ore., is a mecca for protesters, but some say the sale is environmentally sound, and the protests are much ado about nothing.
State proposes mother-lode mine fee
New Mexico presents Phelps Dodge with a plan that could cost the company $759 billion to close out and clean up its Chino Mine near Silver City, the state's largest.
Texaco spill leaves residents fuming
Some citizens of Sunburst, Mont., feel that Texaco has not done enough to clean up an underground gasoline pool left from a toxic spill 46 years ago.
Organics, timber cut healthy deal
The town of Williams, Ore., wants to buy a nearby forest owned by Boise Cascade to protect local organic farms from herbicide chemicals used in spraying.
Disappearing cowboys get exposure
Photographer Adam Jahiel seeks to document the authentic cowboys of the Great Basin and their disappearing way of life.
Logging cut short for salmon
The National Marine Fisheries Service must re-examine how logging affects endangered salmon before 24 federal timber sales can proceed in the Pacific Northwest.
Counties cross the yellow line
A judge rules that three Utah counties misused the 19th century statute RS 2477 when they illegally graded jeep tracks in BLM wilderness study areas and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Tragedy re-ignites wildfire debate
After the Thirty Mile Fire in Washington's Methow Valley takes the lives of four firefighters, some say the fire should never have been fought.
Banging the drum for change
Janet Robideau of the Northern Cheyenne tribe founded the Indian People's Action to advocate for Montana's Indians on issues such as public education, law enforcement, affordable housing and health care.
Politics sink growth management
Colorado is no closer to managing its growth problems after a ballot initiative failed and a dozen legislative bills crashed into a partisan impasse.
University wolf study raises hackles
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation is angry at University of Utah professor Robert Schmidt, whose class recently studied the biological and economic effects of a hypothetical wolf population in the state.
Intrepid explorer with a cause
Soren Jesperson's five-month, 2,200-mile solo trek around the Four Corners area will raise money for the Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Cultural Exchange, a charity his father directs.
Will the Grand Staircase suffer shrinkage?
Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, is eager to create a new national monument to protect dinosaur tracks near St. George, Utah, but to pay for it he wants to dissolve two-thirds of the existing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Jackson Hole takes aim at helicopter tours
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is fighting the commercial helicopter tours over Teton County, Wyo., planned for this summer, but it faces an uphill battle.