Items by Ray Ring

High Country News welcomes new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns Danielle Venton and Neil LaRubbio; Marian Lyman Kirst is our new editorial fellow; and correction to captive wolves story.
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
Billboard corporations use money and influence to override your vote
In Salt Lake City and other Western communities, billboard companies battle local democracy by fighting attempts to regulate the giant signs.
Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules
Billboard corporations and other big industries make their own rules
Burning down billboards isn't a good idea, but can a citizen fight the corporate power behind the big signs?
An Obama-Huntsman ticket would get my vote
An Obama-Huntsman ticket would get my vote
It might be a radical pairing, but if Huntsman ran as Obama's vice president, he'd get this writer's vote.
Video of trapped bobcat riles Las Vegas
County commissioners call wildlife official's video "mean ... disheartening" and "disgusting"
Amid scandal, a top Alaska wildlife official quits
Corey Rossi, a Sarah Palin legacy, is charged with illegal hunting -- a sign that reforms are needed
Jon Huntsman Jr. -- a pragmatic Westerner for the White House
Jon Huntsman Jr. -- a pragmatic Westerner for the White House
Despite poor poll showings, the worldly Jon Huntsman Jr. is the most qualified candidate in the Republican primary, especially when it comes to environmental issues.
Inside the world of whitebarks
A 'ragtag team' of scientists, rangers and citizens works to save whitebarks
A 'ragtag team' of scientists, rangers and citizens works to save whitebarks
The melancholy history of whitebark pine management was shaped by ignorance and mistakes, but despite budget cuts and other challenges, whitebark lovers are determined to save the tree.
Why do people yearn to possess wolves and other wild animals?
Why do people yearn to possess wolves and other wild animals?
Human beings seem to have an insatiable desire to own or at least manipulate wild animals.
Western voters love ballot initiatives -- and sometimes make a mess
Western voters love ballot initiatives -- and sometimes make a mess
A Western tradition of citizen legislation may cause more problems than it solves.
The real side effect of medical marijuana
The real side effect of medical marijuana
In a country where cigarettes and alcohol kill so many people every year, the argument against medical marijuana is pure hypocrisy.
Relying on Navajo guides
Relying on Navajo guides
In this issue's feature story, reporter Marilyn Berlin Snell turns to Navajo guides to understand the challenges facing today's tribal government.
Rocky Mountain wolf recovery leader was not your average bureaucrat
Rocky Mountain wolf recovery leader was not your average bureaucrat
An interview with Ed Bangs, who recently retired from heading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf recovery program
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Montana's top gun-rights advocate has a national impact
Gary Marbut's case for state rights in gun regulations is spreading from Montana to the rest of the country.
A lonely crusade
A lonely crusade
A Wyoming farmer's long struggle to find out what's polluting his water gets the attention of the EPA - and inspires reporter Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica.
The National Park Service's Preferred Alternative map.
The National Park Service's Preferred Alternative map.
The Park Service offers a plan to ease the conflict over Grand Canyon overflights.
Park Service finally drafts a solution to conflicts over canyon flights
Park Service finally drafts a solution to conflicts over canyon flights
The Park Service offers a plan to ease the conflict over Grand Canyon overflights.
The key player: Elling B. Halvorson
The key player: Elling B. Halvorson
Elling B. Halvorson, the main Grand Canyon air-tour operator, is involved in a great variety of Western businesses.
The Las Vegas effect
The Las Vegas effect
Grand Canyon air tours are fun, the way Las Vegas is fun, but one of the world’s natural wonders should not be treated like a sideshow.
The cost of righteousness
The cost of righteousness
Has some environmentalists' refusal to compromise helped cause the delisting of wolves in Montana and Idaho?
When all else fails, go to court
When all else fails, go to court
Obama could give environmental causes a push in the right direction with his choices for new judges, especially in the West.
Profile: Corey Shott, National Wildlife Federation
Profile: Corey Shott, National Wildlife Federation
Corey Shott still misses the mountains, but has made politics her career.
Profile: Rodger Schlickeisen, Defenders of Wildlife
Profile: Rodger Schlickeisen, Defenders of Wildlife
Rodger Schlickeisen has a long history of fighting for the West.
Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity
Profile: Bethany Cotton, Center for Biological Diversity
Bethany Cotton loves working for the environment, but misses life out West.
Ruthless economics
Ruthless economics
By insisting on buying goods, especially food, as cheaply as possible, we ignore the hidden and occasionally horrendous costs.
Alaska ho!
Alaska ho!
High Country News ventures into the rocky terrain of Alaska's wildlife politics.
A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy
A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy
A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.
Presidential style
Presidential style
Obama's nonconfrontational approach to life underlies his slow-but-steady approach to Western environmental issues.
A dark moment, a glimmer of light
A dark moment, a glimmer of light
Despite the recent tragedy in Tucson, a sense of community blooms in the West, often in unlikely soil.
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