Opinion

  • Grassroots grit beat 'the mine from Hell'

    The land swap that will stop a gold mine right outside Yellowstone National Park is a perfect example of how grassroots protest can work.

  • 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.

  • Imagine a West without heroes

    The West should quit looking for heroes to rescue it - especially heroes like Major John Wesley Powell, who, the author believes, did the region more harm than good.

  • Erasing the Southwest's grandest vista

    Industry claims that the Grand Canyon's haze problem is naturally caused rile artists and photographers and others who really know how to look at landscapes.

  • High Country Snooze

    High Country News offers High Country Snooze as an April Fool's look at the paper.

  • How I learned to love logging

    The writer takes an ironic look at the Thunderbolt timber sale in Idaho, and at Boise Cascade's conviction that only logging can save the endangered chinook salmon.

  • Tactics first, ideas last

    The Media and Democracy Conference in San Francisco showed alternative media as too mired in the "60s and in political correctness to thoughtfully address realities of the "90s.

  • True portentousness on a Wyoming highway

    A road trip across Wyoming moves the writer to muse about the glories of living in an "unedited" version of the West.

  • Federal negligence turns ordinary Montanans hostile

    Usually conservative residents of Noxon, Mont., react angrily to ASARCO's plan to build a huge mine in the Cabinet Mountains - and wish the federal government would intervene and stop it.

  • A few modest principles to help us manage Utah's publicly owned lands

    The Old West and the New West need to work together in trying to preserve the far-from-pristine West that still remains.

  • Agency leaders need to come out swinging

    The Forest Service should follow Gifford Pinchot's example and meet the new and violent controversies directly.

  • Local land-use plan sabotaged by state

    The Colorado State Land Board raises opposition from ranchers, residents and environmentalists with its plan to sell part of the Yampa Valley's Emerald Mountain for development.

  • DC's green power-brokers look for new home

    The big national environmental organizations, chastised by recent events in Washington, begin to look back to the grass roots for renewal.

  • It's unAmerican, or at best unWestern, but cooperation works

    An environmentalist explains his decision to abandon politics and national groups and work strictly at the grassroots level using the "collaborative process."