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  • Conservationist in a Conservative Land

    Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation League is working with Republican Congressman Mike Simpson on a wilderness bill for the Boulder and White Cloud mountains, but not everybody in "Planet Idaho" is happy

  • The political science of salmon non-recovery, 101

    The writer rips a federal plan, calling it more about bureaucratic correctness than saving salmon from extinction

  • Californians take a stand on GE crops

    Activists in Butte County, Calif., have put a genetic-engineering ban on the ballot, but some farmers fear it could also ban a tried-and-true "mutagenic" variety of rice

  • Election-year environmentalism

    The Bush administration halts three gas wells on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, and tosses a few more election-year bones to environmentalists and hunters

  • The Udall bloodline is consistent

    Mo Udall’s six children, and Stewart Udall’s six – not to mention many of their cousins – have tended to find work in some form of public service

  • Hunting: It’s not about the gun

    In the presidential election this fall, sportsmen are likely to be split between those who vote for wildlife, and those who vote for the gun

  • Presidential candidates try to look svelte in blaze orange

    The writer is amused by the blaze-orange posturing of both candidates for president

  • Japanese cars may get all the good lanes

    A proposed law would allow California commuters who drive some hybrid vehicles to use the state’s carpool lanes, and the CEO of Ford Motor Co. is not happy about it

  • Colorado voters hold the cards on renewable energy

    In November, Coloradans will have the chance to vote on a citizen-proposed renewable-energy initiative, but the utilities are working hard to defeat it

  • Tribes turn out to vote

    The Indian vote could decide tight races in this year’s elections, including contests in key Western states

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