Items by Ed Marston

Bush administration faces a reborn Interior
The incoming Republican administration in Washington, D.C., will not find it easy to undo the newly awakened environmental direction of Bruce Babbitt's invigorated Interior Department.
Dear Friends
January board meeting in Phoenix; Beyond the (political) revolution; HCN for politicians; new interns Kirsten Bovee and Matt Jenkins; contradistinguishing cows.
Dear Friends
HCN gets a new printer and mail house, both in Denver; Marstons to teach in Berkeley, Calif.; death of Carolyn "Tee" Murray Child; HCN up for Utne Reader awards.
'The suburbs have some bad choices'
Colorado River Water Conservation District head Eric Kuhn says the Denver suburbs have some difficult choices ahead in their quest for more water.
'Where is the metro area going to get its water?'
Former Colo. Gov. Dick Lamm believes that the state's continuing population growth will make the Two Forks veto a temporary and Pyrrhic victory.
'The world would be different if not for the veto'
Denver Water Department head Hamlet 'Chips' Barry describes some of the lessons the city has learned from the Two Forks veto.
Water pressure
At the 10-year anniversary of William Reilly's veto of Colorado's proposed Two Forks dam, the continuing growth of Denver's sprawling suburbs leads some to worry that the dam might well be brought back to life.
A tricky tale of the past and the future
In "Salt Dreams," writer William deBuys and photographer Joan Myers trace the fascinating story of California's Salton Sea.
Truth-telling needs a home in the West
Historic markers on a Western road trip raise questions about the way Westerners have often romanticized, concealed and lied about their history.
Clean fuel, dirty neighbors
Methane gas is a clean-burning fuel, but its production creates unnecessary havoc for the people who live in the gas fields.
Dear Friends
Boise board meeting; WOTR discussion; fall interns Tim Sullivan and Oakley Brooks
Squishy-soft processes - hard results
Former Sierra Club chairman Mike McCloskey says consensus is a threat to democracy and the environment, but the writer believes the move toward collaboration is a sign of a healthy, maturing West and a vigorous grassroots environmental movement.
Floyd Dominy: An encounter with the West's undaunted dam-builder
An interview with legendary BuRec director Floyd Dominy reveals a man proud of the dams and water supply projects he built throughout the West - especially Glen Canyon Dam and its "most wonderful lake in the world, Lake Powell."
Dear Friends
Springtime; HCN Albuquerque potluck; BLM conference in Las Vegas; Paonia's Easter eggs; Nicholas DeVore III visits from Bisbee, Arizona.
Farewell, Marc Reisner
With the recent untimely death of Marc Reisner, the West loses a man of independence and integrity, as well as a writer whose book "Cadillac Desert" helped to change the nation's view of Western water and water projects.
Rural Green: A new shade of activism
Ed Marston interviews Steve Hinchman, former HCN staffer and director of the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, about the different kind of environmental activism and consensus-building needed in rural Western communities.
Dear Friends
Summer break; new board members Arturo Sandoval, Mark Gordon and Andy Hays; visitors; congratulations to Stanley Crawford and Theo Colborn; correction.
Dear Friends
Summer intern Beth Wohlberg; HCN's Albuquerque board meeting; meeting with readers; new edition of "Water in the West."
Dear Friends
Visitors from Los Alamos; Albuquerque potluck; Michael Medberry mending; obituaries of Lynn Dickey and Ken Parks; HCN's lawn-mowing team.
Yelling fire in a crowded West
Only consensus between environmentalists and loggers and careful, sustainable forestry can protect the West from the kind of fires that ravaged Los Alamos, N.M., the writer believes.
Telluride's MountainFilm
The Telluride MountainFilm Festival, set for Memorial Day weekend, celebrates the outdoors in a compelling variety of ways through filmmaking.
Beauty and Solitude
Red Rock Mesa, an artists' community, will offer studio space and cabins for all kinds of artists who wish to spend time near Zion National Park in Utah.
Dear Friends
Spring visitors; Tom Kenworthy visits; HCN staff transitions; bragging about our interns.
An unruly river
Historian Robert Kelley Schneider's book, "Unruly River: Two Centuries of Change Along the Missouri," describes how well-meaning civic boosters and farmers almost destroyed the Missouri River's landscape and the Indian tribes that once lived along it.
Yes, we need the rural West
The rural West is still important and is central to the struggle to restore the landscape and wildlife of the region.
An industry booster becomes a supporter of Western land
Alvin Josephy's memoir, "A Walk Toward Oregon," describes his journey from "Time" journalist to Western historian and environmentalist.
Dear Friends
Former interns Matt Klingle, Ann Vileisis and Bob Wilson; HCN reader survey.
Beyond the Revolution
In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.
Dear Friends
Chris Setti and Joint Action in Community Service; HCN wins Web site award; Ted Smith of Kendall Foundation and Newsweek's Brook Larmer among visitors.
A new day
Now that the big timber companies are abandoning the Northern Rockies, the region must decide what to do with millions of acres of cut-over land.
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