Items by Jennie Lay

Vermillion surprise
Vermillion surprise
BLM's no-drilling decision in Colorado startles locals.
Down the wormhole
Down the wormhole
An obscure cave near Steamboat Springs, Colo., contains rare hydrogen sulfide-consuming worms that might hold a key to extraterrestrial life forms.
Alexandra Fuller: A fine line between protest and profession
Author Alexandra Fuller talks about the impacts of oil drilling on her chosen home of Wyoming.
Death, and taxes
In Western communities with runaway land values, many ranching heirs have a hard time holding on to the family farm.
Conservation easement conundrums
New York transplant Erin Toll helps Colorado crack down on conservation easement abuses.
Borders and saints
Latino writer Luis Alberto Urrea talks about the border and remembers the women in his family who inspired him.
Cowboy love, with a generous sprinkling of sugar
In Crybaby Ranch, novelist Tina Welling tells a romantic story with zest.
Powered by pond scum
Colorado inventor Jim Sears is among those researchers fascinated by the possibility that algae farms in the Southwest could provide a source of biodiesel.
In search of greener pastures
Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie
Endangered Species 101 — in poetry
The Dire Elegies laments the plight of North America's endangered wildlife in poetic detail
Failing Bay-Delta may take a living fossil with it
Even as raising sturgeon for caviar takes off in the San Francisco Bay-Delta area, the region's wild sturgeon are in serious trouble, along with the rest of the Bay-Delta’s ecology
Craig’s excellent adaptive adventures
Craig Kennedy, who hasn’t let a wheelchair keep him from skiing, doesn’t believe physical disabilities should keep anybody out of the backcountry
Painting for progress
Artist Joan Hoffman pours her love of wilderness into her paintings, and uses her art as a way to fight for the environment
Colorado River gets a recreation plan
The National Park Service’s new management plan for the Grand Canyon river corridor allows continued motorized access
Congress bets on oil shale
Northeastern Utah, southern Wyoming and western Colorado are humming with new talk of oil shale, but industry insiders say that the technology has years to go before oil shale development is financially and environmentally viable
A move to make land trusts more accountable
The Land Trust Alliance hopes its new accreditation program for land trusts will forestall the passage of federal legislation designed to end the abuse of conservation easements
State laws — and small staff — muzzle would-be watchdog
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has a complicated mission: It’s supposed to help the energy industry, while protecting the public from the industry’s impacts
Drilling Could Wake a Sleeping Giant
In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission exploded an underground nuclear bomb in western Colorado; today, the site of Project Rulison is attracting natural gas drillers
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