Items by Jodi Peterson

File under Unintended Consequences
An imported bug destroys an exotic weed -- that an endangered bird depends upon.
Dreaming of an oily (and gassy) Christmas
BLM official blasts the Bush drilling push.
The economic downturn is keeping travelers at home, but fortunately HCN’s readers are staying in touch.
A tale of two press releases
Two sides of the spin coin, from the BLM and enviros.
Dodged bullets
Dodged bullets
On several environmental issues, the Bush administration failed to push through its agenda.
Midnight cowboying
Midnight cowboying
As Bush prepares to leave office, his "midnight regulations" are mostly gifts to big business.
Going underground
Going underground
Hardrock mining slows down, but carbon sequestration and algae biofuels pick up.
Fruit of the land
High Country News writers look for querencia – the physical place that gives one strength – in prehistoric (and contemporary) Indian pueblos, in gardens tended by recovering addicts, and in a now-lost family farm.
Sheep v. sheep, redux
A last-minute rule change would give the USDA control over bighorn sheep introductions.
Welcome, new board members
HCN welcomes new board members Wayne Hare and Jane Ellen Stevens; Peter Friederici’s story on recycled effluent gets praise from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
A grizzly situation
Protected bears die -- thanks to careless humans.
From the Beltway to the mountains
A profile of High Country News readers Keith and Evelyn Baker.
Dear Friends
At the Homestead Market next to HCN’s office, bandsaws whine as elk and deer are butchered for this winter’s eating.
Death of (another) red state
Colorado goes blue for the first time in more than 40 years.
Passing gas
Western states are struggling to figure out how to capture the methane emissions from coal mines.
No dam(n) difference?
Controversial study claims dams have little effect on salmon survival rates.
Dear friends
Writer and professor David Gessner is among HCN’s recent interesting visitors; Paonia hosts chefs-in-training.
Endangered species meltdown
Ignore climate change effects on listed species, says Bush administration.
Plum Creek deal -- plumb wrong?
Watchdog office raises questions about secret road access deals.
EPA reopens "National Libraries on the Environment"
Agency restores (some) access to vital scientific information.
Keeping wolves out of trouble
Cleaning up dead cattle so that wolves don't learn to like beef.
As goes the Red Planet, so goes the West?
Missions to Mars -- a waste of money, or a taste of what's to come?
Fall reading
Jodi Peterson and Kate Niles spotlight new books on Western subjects and/or by Western authors, both fiction and nonfiction.
Dear friends
Late-summer visitors drop by HCN’s office.
Score one for whistleblowers
A former BLM staffer will get back pay and benefits after the agency illegally canned him for speaking out.
Two weeks in the West
Two weeks in the West
Forest Service blows its wad on a mixed fire season in the West; solar power plants and wind farms may help take the heat off; fire sale of energy leases on Colorado’s Roan Plateau.
Dear friends
Summer visitors; correction; HCN stories win awards; wilderness loses a friend: a farewell to John Seiberling
Dear friends
High school intern Cobun Keegan; summer road-trippers; correction; and goodbye to HCN’s old friend, Woody Hesselbarth
Not a moment too soon
Paul Hoffman, a high-ranking Interior official, resigns -- leaving a mucky trail of pro-business, pro-religion decisions.
The company we keep
In the Pacific Northwest, where barred owls are competing with northern spotted owls, conservationists wonder what to do when a native species becomes an invasive species.