Items by Ray Ring

The federal energy two-step
The federal energy two-step
Oil and gas companies are furious with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but environmentalists wonder if he’ll go far enough in restraining the industry.
A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall
A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall
Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.
'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his
'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his
Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.
The roadless rule's ground game
Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule's creation give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.
The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West
Cheyenne lawyer Harriet Hageman has relentlessly fought the roadless rule for nearly a decade.
Roadless-less
Roadless-less
Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.
The roadless rule ground game
Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.
Parties 'R' Some Of Us
Parties 'R' Some Of Us
Despite the economic slump, Western party-throwing companies are doing well, especially when it comes to throwing fancy weddings.
Our best idea
Our best idea
A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
Obama enviros now total 34
Harris Sherman, nominated as Forest Service's boss, is latest sign of green politics.
Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?
Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?
Three recent Obama nominations have drawn flak from environmentalists.
The new Third World
The new Third World
While some Americans fight over healthcare reform, others line up at dawn to receive free care at a temporary clinic in Los Angeles.
Affirmative actions
Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.
Obama does Montana … and vice versa
A personal view of the scenes.
The same old Sen. Reid?
The same old Sen. Reid?
Year after year, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has stood squarely in the path of every attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law. Plus: The Energy Department wants to dump tons of deadly mercury, most likely in the West.
Obama enviros
A list of influential environmentalists who are in -- or very close to -- the Obama administration.
More on forest power plays
Another critical enviro, a timber analyst and a radio show weigh in.
Mixed greens
California's "green" leadership is imperiled by the state's inability to handle the other "green" -- i.e., money. Plus: Statistics describe and a map locates some of the geologic carbon sequestration sites planned for the West.
Green gearheads? Rev it up!
Green gearheads? Rev it up!
The Wilderness Society should sponsor off-road driving teams to reach out to that culture.
A farmer's wilderness deal
Loggers and motorheads get their cut in Montana Sen. Tester's bill.
Enviro infighting on forest deal
2 more greens sound off against Beaverhead-Deerlodge Partnership.
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust are working with a French timber entrepreneur to restore Arizona's unhealthy forests.
Taking control of the machine
Taking control of the machine
Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
Too many young people are dying from accidents caused by riding unsafe and unregulated off-road vehicles.
West's ATV carnage, part 2
Latest deaths include a 10-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a deputy.
Sci-fi conservation
Sci-fi conservation
Enviros create force-fields around national parks. Also: Recovery Act funds are coming to BLM lands in the Western states.
Democrats and Republicans can work together
Democrats and Republicans can work together
Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.
New grazing technology might save streams
Cattle drink with less impact.
How the rightwingers hold Interior hostages
Utah's Sen. Bennett caught in bind.
No conspiracy in Libby, despite hundreds of deaths
That's what the jury says.