• Idealists need not apply

    Montana environmentalists waited to see how Governor Schwinden's administration might deal with the state's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. They have now waited and seen, and their patience is growing thin.

  • Reagan's assault on the strip mine law

    By reorganizing the Office of Surface Mining and by attacking the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, the Reagan administration has rolled back national standards for controlling coal strip mining.

  • Kemmis' call for leadership

    A speech by Dan Kemmis, who has risen quickly to leadership of the state's House after serving as House Minority Leader in 1981, and was the author of Montana's 1979 coal slurry ban.

  • Whose land is it anyway?

    The latest effort by the federal government to rid itself of part of the public domain is but the latest chapter in an enduring saga.

  • They built it with silver and gold

    The water brought from the Colorado River by the $3.4 billion Central Arizona Project will be expensive.

  • Of profit and risk

    The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council is being prudent in considering requiring the Hampshire Energy Company, which is planning a coal-to-gasoline conversion plant in Gillette, Wyo., to post a performance bond to protect local governments.

  • Regulatory reform goes awry

    The Office of Surface Mining's proposed changes to coal mining regulations will weaken necessary rules without economic justification.

  • A bias toward the public land

    We aren't wholly controlled by economic and scientific laws. There are spiritual values that people have and share and that they sometimes act to preserve.

  • Colorado's bottle battle

    Colorado considers a "bottle bill" like those that have deceased littering in other states.

  • 'Privatizing' the commonweal

    After weeks of secrecy, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revealed a list of more than 4.3 million acres of public land that may be sold to reduce the national debt.

  • It's a woman's world

    Along with a gradual shift to appropriate technologies there must be a broad commitment to task-sharing and equity in employment so that women do not get shuffled once again to the bottom of the social deck.

  • Where is the anger?

    The Reagan administration is systematically tearing apart the contributions of nearly a century of environmental work in this country.

  • Paving the way for boom and bust

    The mitigation of socioeconomic impacts in western rural communities is a relatively new science, and we are on the upslope of the learning curve.

  • Oil shale: no tears, but lots of tangle

    Oil shale is not dead, despite what the daily newspapers may say. The promise or threat of oil shale will always be with us.

  • Playing the game: public input in NEPA planning

    From the outside, the National Environmental Policy Act process might as well be a foreign culture with its own, language and customs.