Items by Gina Knudson

Sieges like the Oregon standoff turn the rural West into a political stage
Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
Rural communities still have to fight off extremists
Rural communities still have to fight off extremists
Fiery rhetoric and polemic messages keep rural communities from working through their natural resource problems.
Saving the salmon, saving ourselves
Saving the salmon, saving ourselves
Salmon, Idaho's, Riverfest 2011 is designed to promote both the local economy and the fish.
Idaho and the new spaghetti Western
Idaho and the new spaghetti Western
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's stubborn determination to sue the federal government over health care reform is cruel as well as foolish.
Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy
Call me a local and forget about my grandpappy
Small-town Westerners need to get over the notion that just because they have a grandparent buried nearby they deserve a greater voice in local politics.
Montana Sen. Conrad Burns spotlights a bad burn policy
The writer says Montana Sen. Conrad Burns may have been guilty of insulting fire fighters, but at least he focused us on fire policy
Fishing ban will make us forget salmon
Fishing is not the reason behind the decline of the Northwest’s salmon; the desire for cheap hydroelectric power is
Fishing ban will make us forget salmon
The writer fears that the fishing ban in coastal waters will make people forget their connection to salmon
It’s not whether you win or lose…
The writer discovers that running for office is what democracy is all about
Compassion can be dangerous to your health
The writer practices compassion and gets more than she bargained for
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