Opinion

  • 'Road warriors' spread out over Utah

    A "Road Warrior" for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance tries to find and document roads claimed to exist in BLM wilderness study areas.

  • Whatever happened to letting fires burn?

    The writer suggests that Westerners learn to live with fires rather than suppressing them.

  • A Lively Exchange with the Interior Department

    Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and HCN's Editors enjoy a lively exchange

  • Lessons of an intolerant past

    Before the U.S. tries to crack down on suspicious-looking Muslims and Middle Easterners, it would do well to remember the World War II era injustice of Japanese-American internment camps like Minidoka, Idaho.

  • I am an Inuit warrior

    It's not easy being a person who lives in a high mountain ski town but hates snow and winter weather.

  • Keeping 'em down on the High Plains

    The incestuous relationship between the oil and gas industry and the Wyoming government is finally being challenged through a state Supreme Court decision that ruled against Exxon.

  • The Red Desert: Wyoming's endangered country

    Wyoming's little-known Red Desert is a unique region rich in wildlife, history - and also in deposits of oil, gas and minerals, which could lead to the destruction of the land under which they're found.

  • Battered borderlands

    As the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert into Arizona rises, the Border Patrol is faced with the need to protect a fragile environment at the same time that it polices the border.

  • Tom Chapman: A small-town boy who made good

    Modern-day "robber barons" such as Tom Chapman will continue to blackmail taxpayers by threatening to develop wilderness and park inholdings - unless land-management agencies summon the will to fight back.

  • The river comes last

    The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.

  • 'Mr. Dominy, are you a hero or a villain?'

    Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Floyd E. Dominy, looks back on his dam-building days without any apologies or regrets.

  • Some hook and bullet magazines hit the mark

    A review looks at what's good and bad about the top five American hook-and-bullet magazines.

  • Oregon's ranchers vote for survival

    A contrast between two attempts at consensus shows Oregon ranchers willing to work at compromise while their New Mexican counterparts "just say no" to any change.

  • Group sues to stamp out tolerance and diversity

    A successful one-month voluntary climbing ban, designed to respect Native American religious practices at Wyoming's Devils Tower, provokes a lawsuit from the Mountain States Legal Foundation.

  • A radical water czar is cashiered by his board

    The firing of Colorado River Water Conservation District secretary-engineer Rolly Fischer after 28 years marks the end of a profligate era.