Items by Michelle Blank

For the birds
For the birds
Scott Rashid rescues and rehabilitates owls, eagles and other birds at his house in Estes Park, Colo.
Jim Detterline to the rescue
Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.
Fightin’ against the feds
Utah state Rep. Mike Noel is still fighting the federal government over Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Cow power
In Idaho’s Magic Valley, cow capital of the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the U.S., entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in on all that manure by using anaerobic digesters to convert it into energy
Battle line on the northern border
U.S. officials, federal agencies, and even Condoleezza Rice are trying to stop a Canadian coal mine near Montana's Flathead Basin.
Getting the salt out
Arizona considers plans to clean up salty irrigation water without drying out wetlands created by that water.
Bay bags his way to the top
Brian Bay of Sandy, Utah, is the world champion of grocery-store baggers, following his triumph at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Competition.
"Prez on the Rez" brings candidates to Indian Country
Democratic presidential hopefuls and tribal leaders will meet face-to-face this summer on California's Morongo reservation.
Bunny project breeds success
Washington state wildlife officials just released the first batch of endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits back to the wild.
Elwha River dams move closer to destruction
Two massive dams on Washington's Elwha River will be demolished to restore salmon runs.
Utah county tries to rein in off-roaders
While most of Utah's counties support unrestricted off-roading, Emery County is bucking the trend.
Public lands “crown jewels” languish for lack of funding
The BLM's National Landscape Conservation System will lose ground under President Bush’s proposed 2008 budget, which slashes funds by $8.56 million.
The West’s public lands are open for business
A close look at the data shows that, despite some restrictions, oil and gas drilling is on the rise in the West.
Energy illusions
A BLM report issued in late 2006 appears to show that less land is available for energy exploration now than in 2003, but a closer look shows that appearances are deceiving.
Dear Friends
New winter interns Erin Halcomb and Michelle Blank; HCN wins Utne press award; Crystal Zevon visits; corrections.
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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  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SALAZAR CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION
    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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  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director. The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
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  • GRANT WRITER
    "We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward...
  • 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...
  • WILDLIFE PROJECT COORDINATOR
    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...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation helps protect and conserve water, wildlife and wild lands in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by supporting organizations and people who...
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