• So much for sticking to the center

    George W. Bush has refused to govern from the center, and with the Republicans in charge of the government, a mandate from the voters doesn’t matter

  • Utah's wilderness warriors reply

    Scott Groene of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance disagrees with a recent High Country News essay about the best way to protect our remaining wilderness

  • Bush is a man of his word: He's audacious, but should that be surprising?

    Democrats can learn a thing or two from the way Bush and the conservative Republicans are using political power

  • Fire in the West: It’s no simple story

    A group of scientists says that the West is facing a megadrought, and the notion that wildfires should be allowed to burn is simplistic and downright dangerous

  • The Bush administration - Sinister motives, or just ‘veracity-challenged’?

    As Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles comes under scrutiny for conflict of interest, larger questions arise about the Bush administration’s "ideology-dishonesty nexus"

  • While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws

    The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls

  • While America waits for war, the environment suffers

    In these duct-tape, Code Orange days, only a small political elite seems to be keeping an eye on the environment.

  • Bush's energy push meets unintended consequences

    The Bush administrations' push to drill and drill yet more in the West is likely to have surprising consequences, arousing even some Republicans to protest.

  • Presidential hopeful plays with fire

    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., is in hot water over his attempt to appeal-proof a controversial thinning project in his home state, but the situation is more complicated than his gleeful Republican opponents admit.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Yucca Mountain debate goes nuclear

    The battle over storing nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain is heating up in Congress as well as in Nevada and the West.

  • The Arctic: A slave to luck

    In ordinary times, Interior Secretary Gale Norton's lack of honesty about the impact of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would make headlines.

  • A murder mystery on Whiskey Mountain

    A mysterious disease is killing off the bighorn sheep on Montana's Whiskey Mountain, and biologist John Mioncynski is working to track down the culprit.