Items by Tim Sullivan
Drawn to Utah by the Mormon Church, young Polynesians struggle to find an identity, and to escape from a seemingly endless cycle of gang-related violence
Kat Brigham of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla has devoted her life to fighting for tribal fishing rights and the survival of salmon on the Columbia River
Wendy Herrett, a woman with "the heart of a warrior," braved discrimination to become the first female district ranger in the Forest Service and a pioneer in ecosystem management
Young people in booming Ketchum, Idaho, struggle to make a living and find an affordable place to stay
The Transportation and Land Use Collaborative in Southern California will hold a conference on "Latino New Urbanism"
Businesspeople and shoppers may love Wal-Mart, but a lot of its workers – and ex-workers – have reasons to dislike the company
A bitter five-month strike against grocery chains in California did nothing to halt the slide in wages likely to come when Wal-Mart invades
Wal-Mart wants to build more giant Supercenter stores in the West, but communities like Inglewood, Calif., are starting to take a stand against the world’s largest company
Ramon Ramirez of PCUN, the Northwestern Treeplanters and Farmworkers United, fights on behalf of the rights of immigrants, at home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and across the globe
Environmentalists and immigration activists have a few doubts about President Bush’s proposed immigration reform policy
Tim Sullivan says Portland is learning how cool it is to be part of a conservation ethic called Salmon Nation
In downtown Portland, Ore., the writer collides with "Salmon Nation" – a new brand name for a new style of conservation, or maybe consumerism
The Bar-K Wranglers, a group of singing cowboys who planned to open a dinner theater in Oakley, were turned down by the Planning Commission, due to wetlands, moose habitat, and financial questions.
In Park City, Utah, county planners are fighting to stop Bruce Daley's planned hilltop home, and Daley is fighting back with a lawsuit against Summit County.
Some Navajos fear the tribe's planned Antelope Point Marina in Arizona will harm archaeological and ceremonial sites.
Conservationists say Salt Lake City's nomination of a cartoon coyote as mascot to the 2002 Winter Olympics is hypocritical, given Utah's coyote-killing bounty program.
"The 2000 Directory of People of Color Environmental Groups" gives information on over 600 organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
James S. Griffith's "Hecho a Mano" uses photos and language to explore the creative folk arts of the Mexican-American residents of Tucson, Ariz.
EPA ombudsman Robert Martin has met with Alberton, Mont., residents who say they are still suffering health effects from a 1996 train derailment that spilled toxic chemicals.
The controversial proposed Carlota copper mine near Pinto Creek in southern Arizona has all the permits it needs, but activists hope an uncertain copper market and the company's financial troubles will keep it from opening.
The Department of Interior is considering allowing Hopi Indians to collect baby golden eagles from Wupatki National Monument, Ariz., for later sacrifice in a religious ceremony, and some conservationists are worried about the precedent this could set.
The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe is trying to restore endangered black-footed ferrets to the South Dakota reservation.
Oregon biologist James Larison has found that 46 percent of the ptarmigans he tested had toxic levels of the trace metal cadmium in their kidneys.
Idaho state BLM director Martha Hahn has told employees for their own safety to avoid encounters with Jon Marvel of the Idaho Watershed Project.
Moab, Utah, is trying to regulate commercial light pollution to keep glare out of the night sky over area parks.
Utah ranchers take back cattle impounded by the BLM from grazing allotments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Maria Cantwell beats Slade Gorton in Wash. Senate race; Democrats plow reservation roads in MT; Wyo. state Rep. Carolyn Paseneaux charged with voter fraud; Ariz. House Speaker Jeff Groscost, R, ousted; Boulder, Colo., voters ax low-cost housing.
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
Citizens of Creede, Colo., a small historic mining town, are split over businessman Don Shank's plans to run a tourist train from South park to Creede on Union Pacific's abandoned tracks.
- Rich & Terry Fairbanks on Rural communities in the West need a fair shake
- on Jim Deacon, pioneering desert fish biologist, dies
- Larry Bullock on Ranch Diaries: A New Mexico cattle company is born
- Randy Piper on Bark beetle kill leads to more severe fires, right? Well, maybe
- Delaine Spilsbury on The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics