Items by Shea Andersen

The West loses a scrappy daily paper
Shea Andersen says the now-shuttered Albuquerque Tribune, a Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, will be missed.
Wildfire can make you run for your life
The writer and friends interrupt their campout to run for their lives from a fast-moving forest fire
Proposed mine threatens ecosystem
Activists fear a proposed nickel mine on Rough and Ready Creek in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest could harm a unique ecosystem.
Ski resort plans ruffle feathers
Conservationists are unhappy about development company Jeld Wen Inc.'s proposal to build an "ecologically sensitive" ski resort at Pelican Butte in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Paying to play in the Sawtooths
For the first time ever, it costs to hike in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area, but many users are forgetting or refusing to pay the $2 a day fee.
Forester retreats on grazing rules
Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor Bill LeVere, under pressure from Idaho's congressional delegation, withdraws his controversial grazing rules.
Forest supervisor shows Congress some dirty pictures
Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor Bill LeVere faces fierce criticism from Rep. Helen Chenoweth and ranchers for his crackdown on overgrazing, but so far refuses to back down.
'Ugly' addition must go
The Forest Service wins a lawsuit over an illegal addition to an A-frame house on private property in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
Triage for trees attacked
Southern Oregon environmentalists say the Forest Service is "killing the patient" by logging fungus-infected Port Orford cedars.
Move over, Catron County
Lake County, Ore., wants to buy the 1 million acres of Forest Service land within its boundaries.
Parks may get control of their air
A bill introduced in Congress would give the Park Service more power to regulate overflights.
Williams almost gets his wilderness
Montana Rep. Pat Williams wins a temporary moratorium on logging, mining and oil and gas leasing on 1.7 million acres of roadless area in Montana.
Protecting the coho
The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to list the coho as a threatened species in Oregon and California.
Burns would shear wolf funding
Montana Republican Sen. Conrad Burns wants to cut wolf-reintroduction budgets and use the money for whirling disease research.
Taking aim at the Forest Service
Forest Service employees in the West suffer bombs and beatings in several incidents.
Owl shuts down the Southwest
Federal Judge Carl Muecke orders 11 national forests in Arizona and New Mexico to halt all logging until their forest plans adequately protect the Mexican spotted owl.
A pothunter is nailed at last
Notorious pothunter Earl Shumway is convicted of looting Anasazi burial sites in Utah.
Higher pay for hotter jobs?
Union organizer Kenny Harrell wants better pay for federal wildland fire crews.
No takers for torched timber
The timber industry shows no interest in buying cheap, burned timber in salvage sales.
HCN interns: city kids meet gritty rural life
Shea Andersen describes the life of an HCN intern.
No more water for Aspen - for now
The Colorado Supreme Court denies Aspen Ski Co. water to expand its Snowmass resort.
Feds want to kill some Yellowstone bison
The debate over brucellosis continues as state veterinarians and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service want to inspect Yellowstone bison and kill any that are carrying the disease.
Hot summer reading
Two books on firefighting - Michael Thoele's "Fire Line: The Summer Battles of the West" and Starr Jenkins' "Smokejumpers, "49, Brothers In the Sky" - are reviewed.
She fights for ferrets
Veterinary technician Carolyn Kinsey, fired for protesting the ill-fated release of black-footed ferrets in South Dakota, wants to start a care facility at Pueblo, Colo., for geriatric and neglected ferrets.
Idaho woods again inspire "acts of conscience'
The third summer of the Cove/Mallard Coalition's protests against logging in central Idaho begins with arrests and lawsuits.
L-P's problems mount
The EPA indicts Louisiana-Pacific for its Olathe, Colo., waferboard plant's pollution.
Summitville mine boss indicted
Tom Chisholm, former environmental manager of the bankrupt Summitville Mine is indicted by the EPA for his part in Colorado's worst environmental disaster.
Eight is enough
Eight wolf pups and their mother are moved to a holding pen in Yellowstone after the pups' father was killed near Red Lodge, Montana.
High Country News Classifieds
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Executive Director Position Announcement POSITION TITLE: Executive Director ORGANIZATION: Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument REPORTING TO: Board of Directors EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time - Full-time, based...
  • HEALTHY CITIES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    The Healthy Cities Program Director leads and manages the Healthy Cities Program for the Arizona Chapter and is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, high...
  • CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Conservation Programs Manager Job Opening Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through...
  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Associate Director Job Posting Our Mission: Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science,...
  • UNIQUE, ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME ON ACREAGE NEAR MOSCOW, IDAHO
    Custom-built energy-efficient 3000 sqft two-story 3BR home, 900 sqft 1 BR accessory cottage above 2-car garage and large shop. Large horse barn. $1,200,000. See online...
  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BUSINESS FOR SALE
    Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) - established and profitable outdoor adventure & education business in Missoula, Montana. Summer camp, raft & climb guide, teen travel,...
  • OJO SARCO FARM/HOME
    A wonderful country setting for a farm/work 1350s.f. frame home plus 1000 studio/workshop. 5 acres w fruit trees, an irrigation well, pasture and a small...
  • STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR
    Join Skagit Land Trust (the Trust), a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Mount Vernon, Washington, and help protect land for people and wildlife. Skagit Land...
  • 2022 SEASONAL SCIENCE EDUCATOR
    The Mount St. Helens Institute Science Educator supports our science education and rental programs including day and overnight programs for youth ages 6-18, their families...
  • POLICY DIRECTOR
    Heart of the Rockies Initiative is seeking a Policy Director to lead and define policy efforts to advance our mission to keep working lands and...
  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Self-Help Enterprises seeks an experienced and strategic CFO
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST - LAND PROTECTION FOCUS
    View full job description and how to apply at
  • RIVER EDUCATOR & GUIDE
    River Educator & Guide River Educator & Guide (Trip Leader) Non-exempt, Seasonal Position: Full-time OR part-time (early April through October; may be flexible with start/end...
  • LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION DIRECTOR
    The Land and Water Conservation Director is a full-time salaried position with the Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen, CO. The successful candidate will have...
  • FOOD SYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP
    If you were to design a sustainable society from the ground up, it would look nothing like the contemporary United States. But what would it...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead RiGHT toward a future of continued high conservation impact, organizational...
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
    Help protect Montana's water quality, family farms and ranches, & unique quality of life. Work hard, meet good people, make the world a better place!...
  • NEW BOOK:
    True Wildlife Tales From Boy to Man. Finding my voice to save wildlife in the Apache spirit. 365+ vivid colorful pictures. Buy on Amazon/John Wachholz
  • CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
    with Rural Community Assistance Corporation. Apply here: https://www.marcumllp.com/executive-search/chief-operations-officer-rcac
  • CARPENTER WANTED
    CARPENTER WANTED. Come to Ketchikan and check out the Rainforest on the coast, Hike the shorelines, hug the big trees, watch deer in the muskeg...