Items by Paul Larmer

Waxing and waning in the Modern West
Collaborative conservation may help revive both endangered prairie ecosystems and the struggling farm communities of the Great Plains
The people who care about HCN
This issue features three pages of letters from readers, weighing in on High Country News’ editorial approach to the Bush administration’s environmental policies
Ballot-box democracy
The same kind of "ballot-box planning" that’s been used to control development in small towns like Paonia, Colo., is being manipulated by Wal-Mart in its quest to build more Supercenters in the West
Laboring for the environment
The challenge of restoring one overgrazed, weed-choked pasture is a good example of the kind of work that needs to be done in the West, to the benefit of both workers and the environment
In search of political dialogue
Our theory that newcomers would, over time, change the political landscape to one more progressive in outlook, needs revision
Saving ranchlands doesn’t mean saving the rancher
The writer urges us to focus on saving the land, not the rancher
The great ranch lands sell-off
Environmentalists and ranchers should quit arguing about public-lands grazing and work together with the land trust movement to save the land we all love
President Bush should consider a "land grab" of his own
A visit to Arizona’s new Agua Fria National Monument – one of those designated by Clinton at the end of his presidency – points up the failure of the Bush administration to protect and preserve the public lands
A monumental shift for public lands
The writer tells President Bush that some public lands are worth more as national monuments than energy producers
In conservation contests, there are no slam dunks
The increasing politicization of the courts is creating a hazardous landscape for conservationists, who need to diligently oppose anti-environmental judges
A plan for Spaceship Earth
President Bush’s space initiative will most likely come to nothing, but it reminds us that we need to get our own planet in order before we explore the galaxy
Lost in the wilderness of power politics
The kind of democratic dialogue that creates viable wilderness proposals is impossible in the current wilderness of power politics
A defensive island
Los Alamos National Laboratory needs to be open with the public about the messes it has made, in order to ensure that the public health is protected
Pieces of the economic puzzle
The West’s small towns have always been subject to boom-and-bust economies, and even when the coal mines close and the factories move overseas, new economic engines will likely take their place
A shock to the system
Montana’s Flathead Valley shows how environmentalists can work together – even work with their opponents – to get things done in a climate hostile to conservation
Dear Friends
Farewell, Radio HCN; and Farewell, radio staffers Adam Burke, Krissy Clark and the recently arrived Maria Schell
The return of the Nuclear West
Those who thought the West’s nuclear role would wind down with the end of the Cold War are facing a brand-new nuclear age, one that is being created behind closed government doors where few questions are asked
A brave new world of water
Water development in the West has always been about economic growth and enrichment, and current proposals for water use, whether from the public or private sector, need to be judged on their own merits
Essays for thought
There are as many ways to look at the West as there are lookers, as this special issue’s six essays demonstrate
To restore the West, go big and go native
Paul Larmer wants a native-seed industry to flourish in the West.
Learning to live with fire
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, which has experienced three major fires since 1996, can help teach the rest of the West how to live with wildfire
To restore the West, go big and go native
It is possible for human beings to live sustainably in the West, and native seeds may help to point the way
Like it or not, Utah’s controversial monument is here to stay
Paul Larmer tells Utah critics of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that they’re fighting a losing battle
Reopening the wounds in southern Utah
It’s time for the people of southern Utah to accept that the West has changed, and that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is here to stay
Dear Friends
Your chance to weigh in on the redesign; Deb French is new outreach director; and Betsy and Ed Marston are still here
Pure and simple, wilderness is not
Wilderness has never been as simple a thing as it seems in our dreams, and in these days it’s up to all of us to work together – and often compromise – on legislation.
Dear friends
February board meeting in wintry Fort Collins, Colo.; thanks for helping our Spreading the News Campaign; we can’t get away with anything (corrections & emendations)
Wild times in the human weed patch
I never knew how wild my corner of the West was until my daughter started playing volleyball. It had nothing to do with volleyball or the way it transforms giggling adolescent girls into snarling competitive animals.
He sees the society behind the scenery
Interim HCN publisher Paul Larmer remembers his first encounter with retiring publisher Ed Marston, and considers what he - and the paper - have gained under Marston's aegis.
A new planning tool takes flight
CommunityViz's powerful new planning software allows citizens to get a clear look at how planned developments will actually look in the local landscape.
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