Items by Ray Ring

The federal energy two-step
The federal energy two-step
Oil and gas companies are furious with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but environmentalists wonder if he’ll go far enough in restraining the industry.
A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall
A "shock jock" in Montana has a great fall
Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.
'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his
'The West's Biggest Bully' gets his
Controversial right-wing "shock jock" John Stokes loses his Montana radio station in a battle over bankruptcy.
The roadless rule's ground game
Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule's creation give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.
The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West
Cheyenne lawyer Harriet Hageman has relentlessly fought the roadless rule for nearly a decade.
Roadless-less
Roadless-less
Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.
The roadless rule ground game
Excerpts from Tom Turner's chronicle of the roadless rule give the inside scoop on how the rule was crafted.
Parties 'R' Some Of Us
Parties 'R' Some Of Us
Despite the economic slump, Western party-throwing companies are doing well, especially when it comes to throwing fancy weddings.
Our best idea
Our best idea
A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.
Obama enviros now total 34
Harris Sherman, nominated as Forest Service's boss, is latest sign of green politics.
Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?
Is Obama's goal of diversity trumping other goals?
Three recent Obama nominations have drawn flak from environmentalists.
The new Third World
The new Third World
While some Americans fight over healthcare reform, others line up at dawn to receive free care at a temporary clinic in Los Angeles.
Affirmative actions
Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.
Obama does Montana … and vice versa
A personal view of the scenes.
The same old Sen. Reid?
The same old Sen. Reid?
Year after year, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has stood squarely in the path of every attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law. Plus: The Energy Department wants to dump tons of deadly mercury, most likely in the West.
Obama enviros
A list of influential environmentalists who are in -- or very close to -- the Obama administration.
More on forest power plays
Another critical enviro, a timber analyst and a radio show weigh in.
Mixed greens
California's "green" leadership is imperiled by the state's inability to handle the other "green" -- i.e., money. Plus: Statistics describe and a map locates some of the geologic carbon sequestration sites planned for the West.
Green gearheads? Rev it up!
Green gearheads? Rev it up!
The Wilderness Society should sponsor off-road driving teams to reach out to that culture.
A farmer's wilderness deal
Loggers and motorheads get their cut in Montana Sen. Tester's bill.
Enviro infighting on forest deal
2 more greens sound off against Beaverhead-Deerlodge Partnership.
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust are working with a French timber entrepreneur to restore Arizona's unhealthy forests.
Taking control of the machine
Taking control of the machine
Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
It's time to reduce the West's ATV carnage
Too many young people are dying from accidents caused by riding unsafe and unregulated off-road vehicles.
West's ATV carnage, part 2
Latest deaths include a 10-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a deputy.
Sci-fi conservation
Sci-fi conservation
Enviros create force-fields around national parks. Also: Recovery Act funds are coming to BLM lands in the Western states.
Democrats and Republicans can work together
Democrats and Republicans can work together
Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.
New grazing technology might save streams
Cattle drink with less impact.
How the rightwingers hold Interior hostages
Utah's Sen. Bennett caught in bind.
No conspiracy in Libby, despite hundreds of deaths
That's what the jury says.
High Country News Classifieds
  • PROGRAM OFFICER, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, NOVO FOUNDATION
    The Foundation NoVo Foundation acts from the original meaning of philanthropy: the love of humanity. The Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a global social transformation...
  • ARMY OF THE DOG
    A new generation of monkey wrenchers hits the Front Range?
  • ANNIE CLARK TANNER FELLOWSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES
    The Tanner Humanities Center and the Environmental Humanities Program of the University of Utah seek an environmental writer to offer classes in Utahs Environmental Humanities...
  • ALASKA STATE DIRECTOR
    The Wilderness Society works to protect Wildlands and inspire Americans to care for our public lands. We seek to hire a strategic, experienced leader who...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) seeks an individual to lead this 45-year-old organization as executive director, to carry on ICLs work as Idahos leading voice...
  • IDAHO RIVERFRONT:
    2+ acres, 400+ feet on Snake River, 2800 sf residence, NWF-certified wildlife habitat, excellent hunting, fishing, birdwatching, stargazing, sunsets & panoramic views. In the heart...
  • WILDEARTH GUARDIANS IS EXPANDING - THREE JOB OPENINGS
    Guardians is expanding and looking for a few great people to join us in protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health...
  • SUNNYSIDE MARKET SEEKS NEW PROPRIETOR
    Organic grocery/cafe at Glacier Bay needs a vibrant leader. Love good food, community, and Alaska? Join us!
  • NO INDIVIDUAL HEROES: OURAY MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
    Ouray County, Colorado, a popular tourist destination, has dramatic mountains and amazing winter ice climbing. Challenging terrain and high altitude can push visitors to their...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Associate-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM COORDINATOR - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Coordinator-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM MANAGER - TAHOE AREA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Manager-Tahoe Area. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • CALIFORNIA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, SOUTHERN CA
    National conservation organization seeks a regular, full-time California Program Associate-Southern CA. Position works closely with California-based program staff and National Forest Foundation staff to provide...
  • THE BOOK OF BARLEY -
    Collector's Item! The story of barley, the field crop. 50 years of non-fiction research. www.barleybook.com
  • TEMPORARY ASSISTANT EDITOR
    Are you a climber and a writer who is passionate about mountain literature? Do you love searching through old alpine journals for stories of esoteric...
  • OWN YOUR OWN CANYON - 1400 SF STRAW-BALE ECO-HOME ON 80 ACRES - 3 HOURS FROM L.A.
    1400 sf of habitable space in a custom-designed eco-home created and completed by a published L.A. architect in 1997-99. Nestled within its own 80-acre mountain...
  • GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR
    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a full-time grassroots leadership director to oversee all aspects of the Grassroots Leadership Program. This includes ongoing development of...
  • RIVER TRIP LEADER & EDUCATOR
    Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a growing nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and...
  • RIVER GUIDE AND EDUCATOR
    Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a growing nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and...
  • POLICY AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
    The Center for Western Priorities (CWP) is a nonpartisan communications and policy center that serves as a source of accurate information, promotes responsible policies and...