Items by Paul Larmer

A progressive commissioner takes the heat
Montezuma County Commissioner and Colorado rancher Tom Colbert proves himself an independent and determined thinker.
A Colorado county tries a novel approach: work the system
County commissioners, forest rangers and other Montezuma County residents begin to come together to find a way to manage their public lands.
Feds to Idaho mines: Clean up
The federal government files suit against eight mining companies for polluting Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River basin with mining waste.
'Two weeks of hell' saves a stand of old-growth trees
Old growth in Oregon's Umpqua National Forest is saved when the Forest Service allows the timber company to exchange one timber sale for another.
Brand new name, same old story
A new group called Northwesterners for More Fish is made up of electric companies, timber companies and aluminum plants.
Is it fix or nix for the salvage rider?
Campaign politics and the prospect of summer protests are pushing President Clinton and Congress toward dismantling or changing the salvage logging rider.
Sportsmen sue to remove prison
Tom Huerkamp and Bob Morris plan to sue the State of Colorado for illegally building a prison in a state wildlife area.
Does the Forest Service love communities as much as it loves ski areas?
The cozy relationship between the Forest Service and the ski industry provokes outrage from environmentalists.
Eagle County balks at fourth mega-resort
Eagle, Colo., residents wage a 13-year war against developer Fred Kummer's plans to build a mega-ski resort called Adam's Rib.
Survival of a trickster
Todd Wilkinson's "Track of the Coyote" praises the predator's intelligence and adaptability.
They're stepping down
Western Republicans Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Alan Simpson of Wyoming announce their retirement from Congress.
BPA: Making amends for a destructive past
The Bonneville Power Administration was born in the Great Depression and now sells the power from 29 federal dams.
Changing times force agency to swim upstream
The Bonneville Power Administration faces environmental and utility critics as it struggles to survive.
Move to repeal logging rider gathers speed
The salvage logging rider faces possible repeal in Congress.
Hunger striker to head East
On Oct. 3, activist Tim Ream began a hunger strike to protest the "logging without laws" salvage rider.
Congress' war against nature creates backlash
The anti-environment onslaught of the Republican Congress begins to falter as a backlash makes its presence felt.
Timber sales are throwbacks to beastly days
Recent old-growth timber sales like Oregon's Roman Dunn are clear-cut in what critics call an "old-fashioned, dirty" way.
Cut to the past: logging wars resume
Using an obscure provision in the recent salvage logging bill, loggers begin cutting healthy old-growth forests in the Northwest.
Sheep vs. sheep in Hells Canyon
The Forest Service again tries to remove domestic sheep from Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in order to protect bighorn sheep.
Is another senator backpedaling?
Sportsmen and conservationists criticize Craig Thomas for not considering public access in his bill to turn over BLM land to states.
Company slips through president's noose
Crown Butte mining company officials hastily file 38 claims on national forest lands adjacent to Yellowstone Park a day before President Clinton's moratorium on such claims goes into effect.
BLM land: outstanding opportunities for crowding
Increased tourism on BLM lands forces the agency to rethink its management plans.
A Western senator hears from his constituents
New Mexico Republican Sen. Pete Domenici agrees to revise his Livestock Grazing Act after sportsmen, environmentalists and the media raise an outcry against it.
Can BLM save the grass, and itself?
The BLM begins fighting back in a last-ditch effort to save grazing reform - and the agency itself - from legislation that would halt reform and turn over public lands to the state.
Memo incontinence strikes again
Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton is embarrassed by the disclosure of memos showing his close ties to industry in his attempts to weaken environmental laws.
Endangered law backed in court, ripped in Congress
Even as the Endangered Species Act is upheld in Western courts, lawmakers in Congress work to destroy it.
Lettie Hellman
Delta County resident Lettie Hellman is a proponent of prisons for economic growth and other reasons.
A small mountain town shows prisons can be good neighbors
The prisons in Colorado's Fremont County have brought more benefits than problems, many claim.
How Colorado's hunters lost 90 acres to 300 prisoners
The Delta Correctional Facility was given unrestricted use of 91 acres in the Escalante State Wildlife Area in Colorado.
Crime is big business, on both sides of thelaw
Prisons are a major growth industry in the rural West.
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