Items by Ray Ring

Obama's Forest Service nominee is a surprise
Mississipian to run Western empire?
Some Mormons baptized Obama’s dead mother
The church doesn't condone it.
The West dissected
The West dissected
The Environmental Working Group and other organizations have released detailed studies of the West along the lines of Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Report Card. Also: The economic stimulus package has money for Western national parks and monuments.
Watch falcons nesting high in downtown Boise
Peregrines star in live webvideo.
A conflict of values
A conflict of values
Michael J. Yochim writes the primer on the Yellowstone snowmobile conflict in his admirably balanced Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park Use.
Idaho-style reality TV
It would include a bumpersticker that says "Potatoes Suck."
Champions go both ways
Champions go both ways
The Obama administration appoints environmentalists to some important positions in the Interior Department and other agencies. Also: The West faces a growing shortage of food-supply animal veterinarians.
Ex-congressman dies in Utah ATV crash
It's more evidence that off-road driving is dangerous fun.
Battle for justice in Libby might collapse quietly
And green groups barely notice.
A ghost of the 1970s
A ghost of the 1970s
Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. Also: A map highlights some of the newly protected lands in the West.
Montana wrestles nation's boldest gun-rights bill
And a few Republicans provide the key opposition to it.
Sage grouse robot video!
It gives the bird's-eye view of eccentric scientists as well.
Was our last wild jaguar euthanized by mistake?
Macho B might not have had kidney disease, says a pathologist.
Newsitos for 3/28/09
Bleeding wolf package, inferior salmon, Obama vs Indian health, and Sen. Reid vs polygamy.
Some 'stimulus' may be bad for environment
For instance, billions for new roads = more drivers spewing out emissions.
Newsitos for 3/26/09
Green champagne, eagle bust, backroom Mormon politics, and latest killer bees.
Western Repubs remain split as Omni wilderness deals pass
And even as the Big Greens cheer, a few Greens criticize it.
Newsitos for 3/23/09
Links to a leading Western Repub, a YouTube energy czar, a nuke map and a lone wolverine.
Newsitos for 3/20/09
Links to stories about birds, the Omni, a top ecologist and guns.
Western states flex various Congressional muscles
Some look wimpy but might not be.
Changeable weather
Changeable weather
Western environmentalists get good news about Yucca Mountain, but face challenges from state legislatures. Also: Americans finally reduce their driving miles.
Calling Hollywood to run the West
Calling Hollywood to run the West
Now that Val Kilmer is considering a campaign for New Mexico's governorship, why not have actors run all the Western states?
History viewed through gunsights
History viewed through gunsights
Hal Herring traces the history of the American West through its guns and the people who used them in Famous Firearms of the Old West.
Enviros suffer first major setback in Obama era
And this battle -- over a huge public-lands law -- reveals shifts in Western politics.
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.
INNOVATE, Part II
INNOVATE, Part II
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking: Green detective, Healthcare for the hard up, Developing to stop development, Low carbon brews and more.
INNOVATE, Part I
INNOVATE, Part I
Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, as this special issue of HCN shows.
A desert poet takes his work inside
A desert poet takes his work inside
Poet Richard Shelton has run writing workshops in Arizona prisons for more than 30 years.
True tests of 'Stay and Defend'
True tests of 'Stay and Defend'
Australia’s recent fires may have scorched “Stay and Defend,” a firefighting strategy American Westerners had thought of emulating. Also: Birds are shifting their winter range.
Red light, green light
Red light, green light
After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.