Items by J.M. McCord

Seattle’s mayor leads the nation on global warming
The writer says Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is modest but also fierce when it comes to combating global warming
This mayor sees a different shade of green
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make his city environmentally sustainable
Uranium miners go back underground
With prices rising and government support, uranium mining is booming in western Colorado
Learning from Moab's example
In the North Fruita Desert of western Colorado, the BLM has come up with a plan to enable motorized and non-motorized recreationists to share the outdoors
Bears and bull trout may block mine
A judge rules that constructing the Rock Creek Mine would jeopardize threatened populations of grizzly and bull trout in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of Montana
On the Colorado, a grand experiment meets Mother Nature
A recent experimental flood from Glen Canyon Dam may have killed endangered native humpback chub in the Colorado River through Grand Canyon
D-Day for dam decommissioning approaches
Preparations have begun to bring down a century-old dam on Fossil Creek in central Arizona
'Sound science' in doubt at Yucca Mountain
Recently released e-mails show that federal employees falsified information about the safety of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
Who owns Klamath water — farmers or the public?
A judge rules that Pacific Coast fishermen can intervene as a third party in a lawsuit between Klamath River Basin farmers and the federal government
'Safe dose' of rocket fuel now larger
Following a controversial study, the Environmental Protection Agency decides to raise the drinking water standards for perchlorate to a dosage environmentalists say is dangerously high
Cheese producers just say 'no' to Monsanto
The Tillamook County Creamery Association in Oregon votes to uphold its ban on the use of the artificial growth hormone Posilac in its dairy cows
Dogs could chase big cats again
The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would allow hunters to use dogs to chase down cougars
Bees don't grow on trees
Honeybees are in trouble, and so are the farmers who depend on them for pollination, especially in California’s almond orchards
Wastewater goes unwatched
Wyoming’s runaway energy boom is taking on toll on the state’s land, especially when the industry’s salty wastewater spills or leaches into the ground
State sues over Sierra forest plan
The state of California is suing the U.S. Forest Service for approving a new management plan that more than triples logging in the Sierra Nevada
Snowmaking on sacred slopes stirs controversy
The Arizona Snowbowl ski area wants to use Flagstaff’s treated wastewater for snowmaking, but 13 American Indian tribes, who regard the San Francisco Peaks as sacred, are fighting the plan
California's farmers ditch dirty diesel pumps
California’s two largest utility companies are encouraging farmers to switch from polluting diesel irrigation pumps to electric ones
Dear friends
New interns Julie McCord and Hilary Watts; feisty HCN board meeting in Boulder; corrections
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