Items by Kimberly Hirai

The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
Master leasing plans, or MLPs, are a new tool designed to help the Bureau of Land Management better coordinate energy leasing and development in areas that may need special treatment or protection.
 Richard West Sellars’ distinguished National Park Service career
Richard West Sellars’ distinguished National Park Service career
After 35 years in the agency, historian Sellars' impact still resonates.
Friday news roundup: Prosperous and in Congress
Some of the West's most wealthy are also members of Congress
Renting a riverbed
The Supreme Court will decide whether a power company must pay for its use of Montana's riverbeds
Friday news roundup: speeding renewable projects on tribal lands
Interior deadlines would accelerate languishing lease applications
Landing a land transaction
Law could liven a Grand Teton land purchase
Friday news roundup: Road rage and a wild lands successor
Utah renews the fight for roads on federal land; Salazar introduces a wilderness proposal
Big money bill could restrict bighorn management
A rider on the Interior appropriations bill would favor the domestic sheep industry
Friday news roundup: ESA sees another day
The Endangered Species Act seems ironclad in recent court actions
BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures
BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures
The Bureau of Land Management is working with landscape architects and camouflage experts to better disguise renewable energy infrastructure on public lands.
Development near national parks impacts park ecology
Development near national parks impacts park ecology
Home building around national parks has a ripple effect on wildlife and habitat inside those parks.
Will Valles Caldera become a national park?
It's unclear who will take over the preserve's management -- but it is clear the current system hasn't worked
Friday news roundup: Pipeline of political posturing
Congressmen debate Keystone XL pipeline permitting
Weighing water
A major decision maker in California water litigation steps down
Resource plans rescinded for sage grouse
A judge says the BLM didn't properly consider oil, gas and grazing impacts to wildlife
The business of banking
Community banks in the West see regulatory challenges and recovery
Friday News Roundup: Bison and borders
Bison seek homes in Montana; a border protection bill could waive enviro laws
Friday News Roundup: Wolf hunts and Wyoming refinery woes
A weekly look at important Western news
Illegal trailblazing as negotiation tool?
Maybe not, but federal agencies trail build as a solution
California desal plant irks enviros
Latest battle highlights pros and cons
EPA gets poor grade on keeping drinking water clean
Some fault lies with states too, report says
Livid over livestock
A rule proposal is the newest U.S. attempt to have a national livestock traceability system
Biochar makeover for abandoned mines?
Biochar makeover for abandoned mines?
Researchers are trying to restore the damaged, acidic soil around abandoned hardrock mines with the help of biochar, a special form of charcoal.
Welcome, new interns!
Welcome, new interns!
New interns Marian Lyman Kirst and Kimberly Hirai; correction.
Proposed Alaska dam pushes state to examine hydropower options
Project would help state reach renewable energy goals
How much should hunters with ATVs be regulated?
Hunting community takes sides over off-highway vehicle use when hunting
Boats vs. birds
National wildlife refuge planning ruffles recreationist feathers
High Country News Classifieds
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    The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust's work...
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    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the organization's general operations. This includes phone and email communications, office correspondence and...
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    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
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    by Edith Tarbescu. "One Will: Three Wives" is packed with a large array of interesting suspects, all of whom could be a murderer ... a...
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    The Program Director will oversee the programmatic initiatives of The Salazar Center, working closely with the Center's Director and staff to engage the world's leading...
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  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Development Director is responsible for organizing and launching a coherent set of development activities to build support for the Natural History Institute's programs and...
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    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more...
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