Items by Gail Binkly
In his new book, The Worst Hard Time, Tim Egan interviews survivors to tell the story of the great American Dust Bowl on the southern Great Plains in the 1930s
After long resistance to gambling, the Navajo Nation has decided to allow casinos on the reservation
The La Plata County commissioners have signed two deals allowing energy companies to double the density of coalbed methane wells near Durango, Colo.
After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park is an anthology of articles chronicling the long-term effects of the 1988 fires on the park’s ecosystem and wildlife
In Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wolf to Yellowstone, biologist Douglas Smith and nature writer Gary Ferguson seek to separate myth from reality in the long and turbulent saga of the wolf
In "The Utes Must Go!" Peter R. Decker looks at the tragedies that resulted when fear-mongering politicians and settlers decided to oust the Ute Indians from Colorado and Utah in the 19th century.
The Environmental Protection Agency withdraws a proposed rule change that would have allowed fatal amounts of selenium in fish.
In Colorado and elsewhere in the West, the fear of West Nile Virus brings the controversy about spraying pesticides to a boil
M. Lisa Floyd’s book, Ancient Pinon-Juniper Woodlands: A Natural History of Mesa Verde Country, brings 23 scientists and researchers together to celebrate a little-known and delicate ecosystem
Controversy over the long-planned Animas-La Plata Dam in southwestern Colorado flares again, when the soaring price tag of "A-LP Ultralight" becomes known
Lea County, N.M., is courting Louisiana Energy Services, a company that wants to build a uranium-enrichment facility to create fuel for nuclear power plants
Plans to expand Four Corners National Monument onto the Ute Mountain Reservation are being held up by the state of Colorado, which refuses to join Arizona, Utah and New Mexico in paying its share of the money
Colorado developer Tom Chapman is marketing an inholding in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, advertising it online on eBay while the federal government scurries to meet his price
Phelps Dodge Corporation is at loggerheads with environmentalists and the state of New Mexico over plans to clean up the Chino Mine, an open-pit copper mine near Silver City
American Indians have denounced a recent report defending the Interior Department’s trust account transactions
Forest thinning and prescribed burns helped slow the progress of Colorado’s Hayman Fire, but some environmentalists fear forest thinning will be used to justify increased logging
Vandalism and pothunting seem to be on the rise in the recently created Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado
A penny tax on containers could help fund the huge job of cleaning up litter on highways and public lands
Fed up with energy companies and the BLM, several ranchers in northwestern New Mexico have locked their gates, blocking private roads to natural gas wells.
Residents of the Canon City, Colo., suburb of Lincoln Park are fighting the proposed delivery of radioactive soil from a New Jersey Superfund site to the Cotter Corp. uranium mill
In southwestern Colorado, a judge has temporarily halted the use of seismic "thumper trucks" to explore for oil and gas in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
Near Farmington, N.M., some local ranchers and environmentalists are fighting a push to greatly increase oil and gas drilling in the area's San Juan Basin.