Items by Sara Phillips

In search of Mount Rainier's power
"The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier" by Bruce Barcott is reviewed.
Soul in your soles
Richard Frazine's book, "The Barefoot Hiker," gives advice on going barefoot in the woods.
Red meat can be green
Southwestern ranchers Jim Winder and Will Holder team up with Defenders of Wildlife to create a seal-of-approval for beef sold by ranchers who avoid killing predators.
Idaho chokes Spokane
Activists try to end crop burning by farmers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, saying the resulting air pollution is harming the health of area residents.
Dicey future for Northwest casinos
Washington's Lummi Casino closes because of too much competition.
Ancient cedars get a life
The Forest Service puts together a land swap that saves a 530-acre grove of 1,200-year-old trees from logging.
Tribe doesn't dig it
The Tohono O'odham Tribal Council decides against building a controversial casino on ancient ruins.
Our national movie stars
Some say the National Park Service needs to start charging fees for all the filming that is done in the nation's parks and national monuments.
Banning the buzz
The National Park Service is developing rules to allow local park officials to restrict and possibly ban noisy personal watercraft.
Serious trouble for snow geese
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service increases bag limits on snow geese after biologists warn that the birds are too prolific for their own good.
Flattened fauna need help
Western painted turtles are dying on a dangerous stretch of Montana's Route 93 through Mission Valley.
Keeping rural American rural
A revised edition of "Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation" shows how local action can stave off urbanization.