Sidebar

  • Video Interview: Ryan Horsley

    Ryan Horsley talks about Red's Trading Post: its history, his troubles with the ATF, and why he doesn't sell machine guns

  • An alphabetical speed-load of state-by-state gun facts

    The West’s gun laws are an unbelievable hodgepodge, but in general the region is very friendly toward firearms

  • Fatalities in the energy fields: 2000-2006

    At least 89 people died in the energy fields of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming during the last six years

  • Don’t move a mussel

    Boaters, kayakers, anglers and other recreationists can help stop the spread of quagga mussels and other aquatic invasives by following a few simple rules.

  • Battling over ballast

    Congress has tried to regulate ballast water in ships in order to stop the spread of zebra mussels, but so far loopholes in the law and tussles over policy have made the effort ineffective.

  • History of a decline

    An illustrated timeline charts the appearance of dams on the lower Snake River and the resulting decline of salmon, along with the so-far-inadequate response of the federal government.

  • A director from central casting

    Mary Bomar, the brand-new director of the National Park Service, worked her up through the agency’s bureaucracy

  • Election Roundup

    Ray Ring offers a state-by-state summary of some of the more intriguing election results across the West

  • Terms of endangerment

    The Endangered Species Act’s categories of endangered, threatened, experimental essential, experimental nonessential, and safe harbor release are defined

  • Biomass: What to do with all that wood

    Mark Sardella’s nonprofit group Local Energy is determined to heat local communities with biomass energy, created by burning logging slash and millwaste from New Mexican forests

  • How to save a creek... one drop at a time

    A detailed map shows the work being done on Oregon’s Whychus Creek to restore instream flows with the cooperation of local farmers

  • Sleepers

    Several magazines and newspapers provide good independent commentary on water in the West, but there is always room for more

  • The wet Net

    John Orr created his "Coyote Gulch" blog to follow Denver-area politics and Colorado water issues

  • Waterblogged

    Rick Spilsbury, a Western Shoshone Indian, writes bitingly and sometimes hilariously about Nevada’s water issues on his "noshootfoot" blog

  • Online: No more talking heads

    Jennifer Napier-Pearce uses her own money to produce a Salt Lake City-based podcast called Inside Utah