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    Montana's governor is a poor choice to lead the West

    The Western Governors Association made a serious mistake when it selected as its leader Montana Gov. Judy Martz, R, the least qualified member in terms of experience, personality and results.

  • News

    Congress goes barmy over the Army

    Congress spends little time examining military requests before giving the OK, even when it comes to training in areas that affect wildlife or destroy ecosystems.

  • News

    New monuments: Planning by numbers

    The Interior Department's decision to go ahead and manage the new monuments established by Clinton raises cautious optimism among the environmental fraternity - the caution due to Norton's emphasis on local involvement: miners, grazers and motorheads, for

  • News

    Campaign finance reform may boost grass roots

    The campaign finance reform bill sponsored by John McCain and Russell Feingold won't solve everything, but it may give grassroots environmental groups a bit of an edge in future political battles.

  • Book Reviews

    Bush administration wall hanging

    Earthjustice's free 2002 calendar, "(Dis)Appointments: Bush Officials and the Administration's Environmental Record," offers discouraging words about, and unflattering photos of, the Bush administration's appointees.

  • Essays

    Greens join 'Let's derail a judge' game

    Environmentalists adopt the conservative strategy of working to derail the nomination of federal judges whom they fear could harm their cause.

  • News

    Predator politics gets ugly in Idaho

    Under pressure from ranchers, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and other conservatives, Rod Sando resigns from his position as director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game.

  • News

    No game plan for the public lands

    Both environmental critics and Bush supporters complain that the Republican administration is neglecting, even ignoring, the West.

  • Feature

    Bad moon rising

    Back in the '70s, Montana led the way in progressive environmental legislation, but now with its economy faltering, those laws are being eviscerated, and environmentalists need to find a new strategy.

  • Dear Friends

    Remembering Mike

    Former Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana is remembered as a man of integrity, honesty and rare authenticity, who respected others and always listened patiently, even to his adversaries.

  • News

    Montana guts a green law

    Montana greens are worried that recent legislative changes to the state's 1971 Montana Environmental Policy Act will make the law almost impossible to enforce.

  • News

    Indian activist may lead cowboys

    Indian activist and Libertarian Russell Means is appealing to Catron County sagebrush rebels as he kicks off his campaign to run for governor of New Mexico.

  • News

    Forestry nominee: Rey of light or death Rey?

    Supporters call Mark Rey, Bush's nominee for undersecretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment, a forest management expert, but wary environmentalists liken him to Darth Vader and Machiavelli.

  • News

    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.

  • News

    Slapping back at SLAPPs

    A bill designed to protect citizens from frivolous lawsuits called SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) was defeated in Colorado's state Senate, but its sponsor plans to try again.

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