Items by Susan Tweit

Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Can lessons from ecology offer a way to find common ground in our polarized nation?
Tiny houses won’t solve our affordable housing problem
Tiny houses won’t solve our affordable housing problem
In Salida, Colorado, little homes come with a big price tag.
Western literary journals give voice to story and place
Western literary journals give voice to story and place
A number of literary journals offer different perspectives on the West.
Deadly handouts, dependent deer
Deadly handouts, dependent deer
A neighbor's outdoor feeding efforts endanger local deer, who might be spreading chronic wasting disease.
Water across the Divide
Water across the Divide
In 2003, Colorado's Grand Ditch was breached, causing flood damage to the Upper Colorado River and to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Must our water always flow uphill toward money?
Must our water always flow uphill toward money?
Bottled water is a silly idea anyway, but Nestle’s plans to bottle spring water from the high desert of Chaffee County, Colo., are beyond absurd.
A macabre measure of the human footprint
Susan Tweit says the huge numbers of road-killed wildlife point to a simple fact: There are too many of us.
Dust to dust
Dust to dust
The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.
The patriotic thing to do
The patriotic thing to do
When did paying taxes become un-American? Susan Tweit blames Joe the Plumber, symbol of the "we're-being-taxed-into-poverty" crowd.
One species versus 1.8 million others
One species versus 1.8 million others
Susan Tweit sees the growing tally of roadkill as a sign that there are too many humans threatening ecological balance.
Christo in Colorado would be a very good thing
The writer looks forward to Christo coming to her area, even though traffic jams are sure to be part of the artist’s 'Over the River.'
Healing the border with words
Award-winning author Denise Chavez created the Border Book Festival, and founded a Cultural Center in Mesilla, N.M., to help heal the cultural wounds of the U.S.-Mexico border
Cano's Vision
In the little town of Antonito, Colo., a local eccentric known as Cano is using salvaged materials like beer cans, hubcaps and scrap lumber to create an extraordinary shrine called "El Castillo."
A mountain of books becomes a library of the land
Jeff Lee and Ann Martin of Denver are working to turn their huge personal library into a "land-study" center and residential library, the Rocky Mountain Land Library
When the night sky provides free entertainment
The writer watches in wonder as meteors shower her part of the rural West
Throwing out the dishwater
In order to remain aware of the amount of water she uses in her dry climate, the author collects her dishwater daily, and pours it on her compost pile
Throwing out the dishwater
The writer recycles water as a way of life
Watch out Mars, we don’t treat frontiers with respect
The writer says forget Mars, we’ve got trouble on our Western frontier
Watch out: We’re heating up our world
Susan Tweit would rather not see evidence mounting for global warming
In Iraq, there’s hope of restoring the Garden of Eden
Iraq has a chance to restore its fabled Mesapotamia Marshes, just as America could revive its own Colorado River Delta
In Iraq, there’s hope of restoring the Garden of Eden
Susan Tweit writes of the coming restoration in Iraq of the Garden of Eden
For 60 years, J. David Love explored the West's geology
For 60 years, J. David Love explored the West's geology
In the West, drought is a native
The West is naturally dry, according to the writer, and people should accept that fact, especially when there is a drought.
Playing the game: public input in NEPA planning
From the outside, the National Environmental Policy Act process might as well be a foreign culture with its own, language and customs.
Pine beetles munch on, policies differ
Forest managers are responding to the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which is killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region, with an environmentally-based method called "integrated pest management."
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