Items by Jodi Peterson

Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Latest: EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal
Agency says risks to fisheries and natural resources justify gathering more data.
Latest: Washington state denies oil-by-rail terminal
Latest: Washington state denies oil-by-rail terminal
Citing risks, Gov. Inslee rejects plans for the nation’s largest oil terminal.
Latest: Chronic wasting disease hits Montana deer, elk
Latest: Chronic wasting disease hits Montana deer, elk
State scrambles to respond to discovery of deadly neurological disease
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Latest: Idaho gets nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve
Designation recognizes decades of work to reduce light pollution.
Latest: Final Mexican wolf plan released
Latest: Final Mexican wolf plan released
Feds intend to fix inbreeding but enviro groups call plan inadequate
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Latest: The EPA drops mine cleanup proposal
Obama-era plan required mining companies to prove they can pay for remediation.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
New books to read this fall
New books to read this fall
A sampling of the season’s best new reads.
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Western authors offer different lenses through which to understand our region.
Latest: Klamath farmers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit
Latest: Klamath farmers lose ‘takings’ lawsuit
A judge denies compensation for the 2001 water shut-off to protect salmon runs.
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Proposed terminal in Longview, Washington, denied key water permit.
Latest: A setback for a Las Vegas pipeline
Latest: A setback for a Las Vegas pipeline
Judge tells BLM to redo plans for compensating for wildlife habitat that would be lost to massive groundwater project.
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
The burgeoning North Rim population threatens vegetation, water and cultural sites.
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Latest: A new push to ban predator poisoning
Cyanide meant for coyotes also kills dogs and eagles, and injures people
Latest: New Mexico’s landlocked wilderness may become reachable
Latest: New Mexico’s landlocked wilderness may become reachable
Feds move to accept land that would open access to the Sabinoso Wilderness
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
Latest: Utah counties claim access to old roads
A convoluted legal battle takes a step forward.
Latest: Four pueblos win out in protracted water fight
Latest: Four pueblos win out in protracted water fight
A bitter battle between Native and non-Native water users ends in settlement.
Latest: Delta tunnels plan challenged in court
Latest: Delta tunnels plan challenged in court
Agencies weigh in on threatened fish — and get smacked with their first lawsuit.
Latest: Former Oregon Gov. avoids corruption charges
Latest: Former Oregon Gov. avoids corruption charges
Federal charges against John Kitzhaber have been dropped.
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Hitting the dimmer switch on city light helps animals and skygazers, too.
The BLM leases lands near Chaco Canyon for $3 million
The BLM leases lands near Chaco Canyon for $3 million
The controversial parcels are the first auctioned online in New Mexico.
Trump’s pick to head the EPA? A man who’s suing it.
Trump’s pick to head the EPA? A man who’s suing it.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has tried to block rules reducing pollution and protecting water.
Latest: Feds plan sagebrush survey
Latest: Feds plan sagebrush survey
The data could provide a blueprint for science-based decisions.
Recommended reading to take you into the next year
Recommended reading to take you into the next year
The season’s best titles for new fiction and nonfiction.
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
“Returning” lands to states has long been a party plank and a shifting political landscape could open the door.
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Some say state opposition stymied efforts to provide the species federal protection.
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
Researchers race to find solutions for deadly bat disease.
The parks less traveled
Latest: Yellowstone officials to cull hundreds of bison
Latest: Yellowstone officials to cull hundreds of bison
Meanwhile, Montana released a plan to let bison roam year-round outside the park.
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
Latest: Arizona forest restoration project falls short
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative was supposed to be the largest such project ever attempted.