Items by Matt Jenkins

How agriculture ate the earth
In Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Richard Manning goes after modern agriculture with a vengeance
Hidden Waters resurfaces
Charles Bowden’s book, Killing the Hidden Waters, which explores the Sonoran Desert world of the Papago Indians, has been re-released after 25 years
Follow-up
Immigrants rush to cross U.S.-Mexico border for work visas; housing development threatens antelope migration corridor near Pinedale, Wyo.; Jim Hansen and Olene Walker lose Utah gubernatorial primary; and outdoor equipment manufacturers ask Forest Service
Dear Friends
Summer interns Zach Smith and Dan Wilcock; visitors; and farewell forever to Penny the dog
Follow-up
Owyhee Initiative offers Idaho wilderness proposal; judge upholds Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Envirocare seeks toxic-waste dump in Iraq; and Salton Sea may be cut in half to save it
Making rivers work
Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature, by Sandra Postel and Brian Richter is deceptively wonky-looking, but sparkles. It drives home the necessity of reconsidering the ways we manage water, and is full of good ideas
Follow-up
Duwamish Indian Tribe, still fighting U.S. government over recognition, has bought its first piece of "owned" land near Port of Seattle, Washington
Green investor Hal Brill: Bringing the Money Home
Investment advisor Hal Brill has found a way to help investors follow their conscience, succeed as socially responsible people, and get a return on their dollars.
Dear Friends
Visitors Knox Williams, Vince Matthews, Bill and Molly Pochciol, Randy Cracroft, John Trotter; recognition for John Horning with Conservation Leadership Award from Seatlle’s Wilburforce Foundation; condolence to the Sylvain family in Paonia, on the death
The other bottom line
In trading our public servants for government contractors, we're cutting the heart out of a public-trust ethic, and showing there's no faster way to demolish an institution than by parting it out to the lowest bidder.
Dear friends
Wallace Stegner Center celebrates 40th birthday of Wilderness Act; Casper Star-Tribune’s Charles Levendosky dies; visitors Stanley Dodson, Dorothy Kehmeier, Jim Low; correction on Pahreah townsite photos
A tempered victory
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is on the verge of a huge and historic water rights victory, but even the most successful Indian crusades for water are always compromises
Postscript to a water war
Nearly a decade after Imperial Valley irrigators fought off a water grab by Texans Ed and Lee Bass, the Imperial Valley Irrigation District buys the old Bass property, Western Farms, and the water rights that come with it
Park Service wilderness in disarray
National Park Service wilderness coordinator Jim Walters resigns in frustration over the agency’s neglect of wilderness, after the superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks allows helicopters in wilderness areas
Dear Friends
New Colorado interns Jodi Peterson and Alex Pasquariello; anatomical accuracy of Maryann Webster’s HCN cover painting
Proposed wilderness on the auction block
A list of the wilderness inventory areas and citizens’ wilderness proposal areas being offered for oil and gas leasing by the BLM includes lands in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah
Energy bill would pry open public lands
If Bush’s energy bill passes, it will put major emphasis on public-lands energy development with a number of its provisions
Two decades of hard work, plowed under
The Bush administration opens up wild lands to oil and gas drilling, pulling the rug out from under two decades of citizen wilderness activism
A near-miss for California’s clean-air rules
California’s newest clean-air law, designed to deal with pollution from small engines, narrowly survives an attempt to shoot it down in the U.S. Congress
Big development gets bought out
California buys the controversial Ahmanson Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and agrees to preserve it as open space
Mixing oil and water in the Lone Star state
West Texans are concerned about a planned water deal that would raise money for the state’s schools, but impact scarce groundwater, springs and wildlife as far away as Big Bend National Park
Dear Friends
HCN Radio Special on "Atomic Tales: Living in the Nuclear West"; visitors; corrections
Follow-up
"Socially responsible" investors counsel caution in coalbed methane development; Western Watersheds Project goes after Wyoming rancher Frank Robbins; Fish & Wildlife to protect habitat for threatened bull trout; and environmentalist’s truck hit by arson i
California strikes a water truce
A landmark California water deal has Imperial Valley irrigators finally agreeing to sell Colorado River water to San Diego, without sacrificing the Salton Sea
Dear Friends
Congratulations to newlyweds Michelle Nijhuis and Jack Perrin; Keep independent journalism alive through the Research Fund; the paper for people who care about the West
Dear Friends
New interns Pua Mench and Josh Garrett-Davis; Redlodge Clearinghouse; Visitors from afar
Dear Friends
Nancy LaPlaca is HCN’s new marketing association; visitors from HCN’s past; potluck in Moose, Wyo.
Follow-up
Interior Department’s top lawyer, William Myers, under investigation for conflict of interest; Kane County, Utah, goes after BLM road signs; pro-property rights Paragon Foundation joins enviros in fighting to protect New Mexico’s Otero Mesa; and compromis
Mr. Middle Ground gets called to Washington
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, R, is President Bush’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, and some environmentalists fear he will prove little more than a yes-man
County’s hopes rest on a roller-coaster power market
Lincoln County, Nev., hoped to make money from a gas-fired power plant, but the uncertain energy market, along with other difficulties, have stalled the plans in their tracks
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