Items by Neil LaRubbio

‘The blurring of the then and the now’
‘The blurring of the then and the now’
An author returns West, looking for unexpected intersections.
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
The importance of Black Lives Matter in a white rural West
A Westerner reflects on racial injustice close to home.
How to survive the bust
How to survive the bust
As oil prices plummet, a drill rig worker traces the effects among his brethren.
In the field with a Montana couple hunting wolves
In the field with a Montana couple hunting wolves
Amid bitter controversy over allowing hunters and trappers to reduce wolf populations, a Montana couple is dedicated to their hunt.
Technology eases access to ancient ruins, for better or worse
Technology eases access to ancient ruins, for better or worse
A writer uses the Internet and GPS to find secret Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and other wonders on Utah’s Cedar Mesa, home of the country’s highest concentration of archaeological sites.
Predator control ain't easy
From jaguars to wolves, a roundup of news around the West
Gone hunting wolves
A roundup of this year's wolf hunt so far
What scientists are learning from wildfire in New Mexico
What scientists are learning from wildfire in New Mexico
New Mexico's Gila National Forest is a good natural laboratory for studying the effects of wildfire.
A Western obstructionist gets obstructed
Sen. Inhofe's Bible theories won't lead environmental committee
Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire
Flight for life
A mountain rescue helicopter pilot shares his story
TransCanada expects your stall tactic
Delaying Keystone XL avoids the harder conversation
Yes Virginia, there is poop in your well
EPA study ties dairies to water pollution in Washington
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
West of 100: Fire & Brimstone
The backstory to Emily Guerin's report on the scientific debate over how "normal" severe fire is, and a travelogue from the Gila Wilderness in the wake of this year's massive blaze.
An audience for old Indians
Ute elder Roland McCook tells stories in Paonia
Watching land swaps in Idaho and the West
Watching land swaps in Idaho and the West
Federal land exchanges have come under increased scrutiny over the past decade, both from citizen activists and the Government Accountability Office.
A sampling of Western land swaps
A sampling of Western land swaps
Ovrview of land swaps around the West.
That sweet autumn air
After a hot, lazy summer, the animals start to stir
El regreso de la tortuga grande
Billionaires do the work of land agencies
Talking mean with Hugh B. McKeen
Frank views from a hard-bitten rancher dealing with federal forest management near his land
A revision to our energy future
Conservationists will influence new energy corridors
Three days in eastern Montana
Three days in eastern Montana
A saunter through the grasslands of eastern Montana brings interesting encounters with cowboys, bull-riders, small-towners and BLM rangers, not to mention wildlife and endless skies.
Gas tracks
Railroads capitalize on the energy boom
Friday news roundup: more wildfires and lizards
A pepper sprayed wolf and a plague on the wealthy
Firefighting pilots deserve better
Tankers continue to crash as USFS drags its feet on replacements
Friday news roundup: wildfires and water depletion
Wildlife protection as triage, coal exports, a wolf pup is found
3,000 miles to Paonia
A roadside inspection of Western issues
Fire wise
Arizona ranchers say enviro regs lead to more catastrophic wildfire; more grazing and logging can help
Friday news roundup: educating tramps everywhere
Federal wildlife killers and whitebark pine
Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West
Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West
A map shows Western snowpacks as of April 1, 2012, and notes record-breaking heat and dry weather in the Southwest.
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