Items by Adam Burke

Radio: Spice for the ears
Hearing Voices, a collective of independent radio producers, is working to add spice to public broadcasting
The Public Lands' Big Cash Crop
Elaborate marijuana gardens, created and managed by Mexican drug lords, are turning California’s public lands into a dangerous, illegal, industrial-style landscape
Keepers of the Flame
Black Range District Fire Manager Toby Richards is returning fire to its natural place on New Mexico’s Gila National Forest – and leading the charge for Fire Use in the West.
As fire season ignites, Smokey Bear's legacy lingers
Land managers have been talking about letting more wildfires burn, but the recent blowup of the Peppin Fire near Capitan, N.M. – home of Smokey Bear – leads to renewed talk of aggressive fire suppression
A native son of Oregon writes of heartbreak, determination
Writer David James Duncan talks about his "insane passion for rivers" and the broken hearts of Westerners
The Northwest’s diehard diplomat
Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber talks about resolving political conflict in the West – and in the world
'Horse Whisperer' wins a round in natural gas fight
Montana rancher Buck Brannaman talks about the fight he and his wife, Mary, have been waging to protect their land from exploitation by an energy company
Fish farms challenge our commitment to the wild
The spread of farmed Atlantic salmon along the coast of British Columbia may impact more than native salmon and local communities; it could also harm our commitment to saving endangered species and their habitat
Author says we'll 'match the scenery' whether we like it or not
In Soul of Nowhere, writer Craig Childs explores the rugged canyons of the southwest and the ruins left behind by past civilizations that did their best to "match the scenery" yet still perished.
Wind power in the West gains speed
Colorado writer Alex Merkels talks about the revolution in wind power now sweeping over the West.
Sherman Alexie in his own words
Writer Sherman Alexie talks about Hollywood, tokenism and being an Indian.
The big show with braids
Not surprisingly, Alexie's new release, The Business of Fancydancing, explodes our preconceptions about race, sexuality and artistry.
Land board says, 'Look before you lease'
The rush to develop methane on Wyoming's public lands hits a speed bump as the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals agrees with environmental groups that the BLM used inadequate studies when issuing leases for coalbed-methane drilling.
Energy boom's forward guard stalls out in Utah ... for now
Developing energy at any cost appears to be the Bush administration's strategy as they send "thumper trucks" into southern Utah to carry out seismic detection of oil deposits.
Lessons for the Colorado
On river trips, Richard Ingebretsen of the Glen Canyon Institute talks about Lake Powell and introduces people to the idea of removing Glen Canyon Dam and resurrecting the Colorado River's drowned canyons.
'Hydro(power) had no friends'
In his own words, Orville Campbell, who spent 30 years working for the companies that own the Elwha dams, talks about the movement to take down those dams.
The revival of a river people
Robert Lundahl's new film, "Unconquering the Last Frontier," explores the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's history with Washington's Elwha River and its salmon.
River of dreams
For 30 years, activists have been working to remove two dams and restore salmon runs on Washington's Elwha River, and now the goal is in sight - if the money comes through from Congress.
Dear Friends
"Divided waters" lead story; Sandy Tolan's radio advice; reader feedback; HCN business folk; congratulations to Chip Giller and correction.
One dam, two rallies
While anti-dam activists hold lively rallies calling for the demolition of Glen Canyon Dam, the pro-dam group Friends of Lake Powell stages rallies of its own, defending the reservoir and the local economy based on it.
Babbitt's wish list grows
On a recent Colorado visit, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt discusses possible land-protection measures for Black Ridge, outside of Grand Junction, and for 150,000 acres of archaeologically rich land near Cortez, Colo.
Cattlemen make use of a conservation tool
The Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust is helping ranchers such as Brett Redden of Gunnison use conservation easements to save their land from developers.
Mountain to get a facelift
Pressured by a Sierra Club lawsuit, the city of Colorado Springs has agreed to clean up streams and wetlands degraded by the city-operated toll road up Pikes Peak.
Does a wilderness bill include a driveway?
Critics say that Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard's Spanish Peaks wilderness bill leaves a road unprotected - a "cherry stem" - that will benefit developer Tom Chapman, who owns a mining claim at the end of it.
Counties put a bounty on coyotes
In southeast Colorado, Baca and Prowers counties put a bounty on coyotes - $7.50 for each pair of coyote ears.
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