Items by Ed Marston

Yes, I'm gonna eat that!
In Coming Home to Eat, Lebanese-American writer Gary Paul Nabham describes how eating "local" food for the first time in the Fertile Crescent convinces him to try to "eat locally" in Tucson, Ariz.
Human wildness on the range
In "The Backbone of the World," Frank Clifford takes a thoughtful, respectful look at the complex and cranky old-timers now colliding with the New West's Lycra-clad newcomers along the Continental Divide Trail.
Restoring the West, goat by goat
Lani Lamming of Wyoming leases goats to conscientious landowners who have discovered the benefits of organic weed control.
Dear Friends
The threat of a coalbed methane boom in Delta county, Colo., High Country News' backyard, has staff scrambling as activists to publish an informative booklet that contains articles on the controversial subject.
Wildlife Saloon
Wildlife such as deer, elk and bighorn sheep can find water using an artificial reservoir, the "Wildlife Saloon," a new invention developed by Cedaredge, Colo., geologist Greg Hunt.
Will the real Gifford Pinchot please stand up
Char Miller's new biography, "Gifford Pinchot and the Foundation of Modern Environmentalism," reveals the self-serving careerist who founded the Forest Service and used his political skills to protect the environment.
The Natural West
Dan Flores' book, "The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains," points out that North America's ancient past is littered with destroyed species.
The West can govern itself
In his new book, "This Sovereign Land," Daniel Kemmis argues that it is time for the national government to give local governments more power over public lands in the West.
A new vision for the BLM
A report by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests reorganizing the BLM into multi-state regions less dominated by individual state politics.
Economics with a heart, but no soul
In their new book, "Post-Cowboy Economics: Pay and Prosperity in the New American West," Univ. of Mont. economists Thomas Michael Power and Richard N. Barrett offer an optimistic but fundamentally flawed view of Montana's economy.
'You can't say no to mining'
In an interview, former Department of Interior attorney John Leshy talks about the long battle for reform of the 1872 Mining Law, and how the Bush administration has helped to set back that reform.
Dear Friends
Balmy weather; welcome to new assistant editor Matt Jenkins and new assistant business manager Gretchen Aston-Puckett; good books, and visitors.
Dear Friends
Lead story shows one "lord of yesterday" still lives; visitors; Jean Hocker retires from Land Trust Alliance; HCN's board meeting and potluck in Bozeman, Mont.
The once and future West
An economic downturn in the West, following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, might actually be good for the region.
Dear Friends
Paonia tomatoes; Ray Ring is HCN's Northern Rockies editor; Krissy Clark new production asst. for Radio HCN; Temple poetry magazine ends; Williams (Ore.) Forest Fund; deaths of Cate Gilles and Jim Corbett; West helps in WTC rescue work; correction.
Far from out of it
The terrorist acts of Sept. 11 touched everyone in the HCN office, and some of our friends and families were eyewitnesses.
New forest chief becomes a lame duck
Soon after regional forester Brad Powell signed the revolutionary, controversial Sierra Nevada Framework, Forest Service Chief Bosworth transferred him from California to Montana.
Dear Friends
Michael Robinson on wolves; congratulations, apologies and visitors; Dan Whipple's mystery, "Click"; Paonia coal mine tour
Dear Friends
About this issue; Paonia growth battle; Peter Chilson and other visitors; tribute to Chuck Wellner; axing the fax.
Restoring the Range of Light
In California, the Forest Service issues a revolutionary management plan for the Sierra Nevada's forests, putting the health of trees and wildlife before that of the timber industry.
Dear Friends
Writers on the Range, redux; tune into Radio HCN; thank you, readers; visitors; what to do with your tax refund.
A local heroine
Chemist, zoologist and former local pharmacist Theo Colborn visits Paonia with a TV crew to be filmed for an episode of "Superteachers: Wisdom for the Future," part of a Japanese public television series.
Dear Friends
HCN babies Benjamin Chesnut Williams and Catherine Makena Edson; visitors; Ed Chaney loves home fries and sausage; new positions at HCN for Michelle Nijhuis and Rebecca Clarren.
Dear Friends
HCN skips issue for summer break; Paul Larmer is new HCN editor, and former editor Betsy Marston takes his place in charge of Writers on the Range; condolences on the death of Marge Miller of Fruita, Colo.
Dear Friends
Paonia's HCN board meeting discusses controversial Writers on the Range, need for new accounting software, HCN's new media's financial needs, and new story ideas; visitor/writer Ben Long interviewed for Radio HCN; Gloria Flora injured in car accident.
Environmentalism meets a fierce friend
Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Knudson of the Sacramento Bee has raised the ire of environmentalists with a new series that attacks the environmental movement for being overpaid, overzealous and "chaotic and shrill."
Quenching the big thirst
Under the "4.4 Plan," California will begin a water diet, designed to reduce the state's use of Colorado River water over the next 15 years to the 4.4 million acre-feet it has long been allocated, but always exceeded.
Dear Friends
Changing times for tribes; HCN potluck in Phoenix; a look at HCN's books; Stephen Pyne talks about fire.
Interior view
In an interview with HCN's publisher, Bruce Babbitt looks back on eight challenging and productive years as Secretary of Interior.
Rearranging the grid
High Country News' publisher discusses his years on the board of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, and the surprising common ground that has developed between the electric co-op and environmentalists like himself.
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