Items by Judith Lewis

Buy buy ballot
Buy buy ballot
Although most Nevadans seemed in favor of a hardrock mining tax increase, an initiative that proposed to do just that never made it to the ballot.
Victory for the Creek Freaks
The EPA extends Clean Water Act protection to the entire L.A. River
He who buys the most names wins
Nevada mining tax initiative fails to gather enough $2-a piece votes.
Nevada's Golden Child
Nevada's Golden Child
Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.
Balancing Nevada
A state's special legislative session gets ugly
The other Big One
The other Big One
What would happen if a killer storm like the one that walloped the West in 1862 hit California today?
Just in Time for Christmas: Itsy-Bitsy Solar PV
What if you could sprinkle solar cells on your hat?
The ghost of Tulare
The ghost of Tulare
Steve Haze is determined to restore California's long-vanished Tulare Lake, and now it seems that his dream might finally come true.
Watts of water
Watts of water
Not all environmentalists believe that pumped hydroelectric storage projects are a good way to achieve more renewable energy.
California's State Parks: No New Closures
Governor unveils "fantastic news" for all Californians -- except park staff slated to lose their jobs.
It Happened in the Shrubbery
Myth-busting Southern California's Station Fire
State Parks Spread the Wealth
When city dwellers seek refuge in nature, they also boost rural economies
Lawless future
Lawless future
State parks are facing a budget crisis all their own, especially in California.
A Solar Plant a Tortoise Could Love
Could eSolar's Sierra SunTower help to end the Mojave land wars?
Let's Get Small
Let's Get Small
Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?
High Noon
High Noon
Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.
Is the San Andreas slipping?
A bunch of little quakes provoke some big worries.
Yucca Mountain Death Watch
Nuke industry to Obama: Got another idea?
Finding a nuclear waste dump
Judith Lewis speaks with HCN's Marty Durlin about the search for a nuclear waste dump and her latest article, Mountain of Doubt.
Mountain of doubt
Mountain of doubt
The long-delayed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., faces a new challenge: Barack Obama’s presidency.
Budget crisis stalls conservation
California freezes bond-funded grants -- many of them meant to fund environmental projects
The coming quake
The coming quake
Scientists are studying the southern San Andreas Fault to help Southern California prepare for future earthquakes.
Walking on a Wire
Los Angeles needs green power, but some environmentalists are up in arms over plans to build transmission lines across the Mojave Desert.
The Chaparralian
The Chaparralian
Richard Halsey says Southern California’s chaparral is not to blame for the fires that scorch the region every year.
Waste disposal the industry's Achilles' heel
The French have dealt with their radioactive waste for decades by reprocessing it, but the process is more problematic than it sounds, particularly in an age of terrorism
Retooling a Leviathan
The nation’s nuclear infrastructure is aging, and in need of very expensive – and very complicated – retooling just to survive
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