Items by R. E. Baird

The secret's out
A grand jury's "secret" report on Colorado's Rocky Flats bomb factory reveals a reckless decade at the nuclear weapons plant before it was closed in 1989.
The mouse that roared "Preble"
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which thrives in the same habitat as houses and developments, could bring growth on Colorado's Front Range to a halt if it is listed as endangered.
Congress fights to restore a filthy past
Memories of the horrors of corporate water pollution before environmental regulation prompt the author to warn Congress against weakening the law.
Out of a Hispanic valley: kosher beef
Colorado ranchers Demetrio and Olive Valdez want to begin selling local cattle as kosher beef.
Was cleanup a "taking'?
The company that owns the land on which the disastrous Summitville Mine sits files "takings" suit against the state and federal government.