Items by Marty Durlin

Without national support, rural radio stations face an uncertain future
The SWOP letter
The letter sent 20 years ago by the SouthWest Organizing Project sparked a reaction from the big greens, who have sought to partner with more diverse groups and include more people of color in their staffs, boards and membership.
Growing up political
Growing up political
Charles Conklin had an unlikely political career, successfully running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado -- for a time.
EPA, Black Caucus announce environmental justice tour
Lisa Jackson and Barbara Lee to visit ravaged communities.
The Group of 10 respond
Two decades after the SWOP letter, the big environmental groups report their progress on the issue of environmental justice.
The Shot Heard Round the West
The Shot Heard Round the West
Twenty years after the SouthWest Organizing Project accused conservation groups of ignoring environmental justice, diversity in the movement remains elusive.
Audio: Water wonk
Audio: Water wonk
Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.
The West leads the country in personal bankruptcy filings
Increases in Arizona, California, Utah and Nevada double the national average in 2009
The fight over cap and trade
Environmentalists debate as Copenhagen talks begin.
Betting on the rails
Betting on the rails
Warren Buffett buys Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Congress considers reforming railroad laws.
Deconstructing dueling claims
Deconstructing dueling claims
Writer Laura Paskus talks about the battle over New Mexico's Mount Taylor.
Keeping uranium out of the Grand Canyon
Three groups file suit to prevent mine okayed in 1988.
Audio: The joy of CX
Assistant editor Sarah Gilman explains why we should care about categorical exclusions.
My father’s political career
My father’s political career
A writer remembers her father's unlikely political career, running as a Democrat in a Republican part of Colorado.
Eco-pawprints
New Zealand professors calculate pets' impacts on the environment.
Tepid statistics as the planet burns
Business as usual in the face of climate change.
Audio: Big threats to small ecosystems
Freelance science writer Madeleine Nash talks to Marty Durlin about the vulnerable springs of the Great Basin, and the threats they face from invasive species and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Is the Pioneer doomed?
A feasibility study on reinstating the Amtrak route comes in at nearly half a billion dollars.
Sen. Baucus' healthcare plan
Montana Dem tries to be bipartisan and fails to please anyone.
The Cheney International Center
Former Veep is heckled at University of Wyoming dedication.
Obama's speech to students
Since when is a call to work hard and stay in school "indoctrination"?
Audio: Where the buffalo roam
Freelance writer Josh Zaffos talks about his trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation and what he learned about how tribal members are reclaiming their property and their traditions.
Pot season in the parks
Legalize it, part two.
"Don't lie for the other guy"
Border campaign warns against buying guns for smugglers.
Obama in Grand Junction
Whipped-up right wing plans show of opposition.
West Nile figures trickling in
10 cases of encephalitis/meningitis reported in the West.
Population: 6.9 billion and counting
Humankind continues its relentless march toward one square meter per person.
Off the deep end?
Listen to Aaron Million talk about his Wyoming to Colorado pipeline dreams.
Navajo Nation passes green jobs legislation, 62-1
First tribe to set structure and policy for sustainable economy.
"Organic mecca" organizes against GMO sugar beets
Boulder County, Colorado open space targeted for genetically modified crops.
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