Items by Paul Larmer

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.
Dear Friends
Associate editor Rebecca Clarren plans to move back to the Northwest; books from Island Press; Chip Giller's on-line magazine, "Grist"; HCN's upcoming potluck at Park City, Utah; Albuquerque cemetery.
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Restoring the West is not simple; summer interns; correction on location of Sand Creek Massacre; HCN goes four-color on surveys; visitors.
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Busy ex-interns; staffers clean up adopted Highway 133; former intern David Havlick and HCN associate journalist Niels Sparre Nokkentved publish books; new senior editor Lolly Merrell; European readers critical of wolf management.
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A metamorphic moment in the paper's history as HCN produces a story with Radio HCN; visitors; HCN business of the month; Mary Sojourner to hold reading in Paonia; upcoming environmental summit; Diane Sylvain's back surgery; April Fool correction.
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Reporter Ray Ring on snowmobiles; talented West; Judge Greg Hobbs talks about water; Gosh, Hawk, we're sorry! And an update on the capital campaign.
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March weather; Tom Bell wins Conservationist of the Year Award; Hal Clifford is finalist in journalism awards; Ed Marston talks about Ed Abbey; visitors and boo-boos; HCN is halfway to its goal in the "Spreading the News" fund-raising campaign.
History's Lesson: Build another Noah's Ark
Paul Larmer interviews Wildlands Project biologist Michael Soule.
In the grip of Ungulate Fever
Life in western Colorado leads to many close encounters with deer and elk, both living and dead.
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Greg Hanscom writes from the Winter Olympics in his home town, Park City, Utah, and predicts an Olympic-sized hangover for the state; red-tailed hawk or northern goshawk? And a heart-warming letter from Dave Catterson about his late father, Paul.
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An educational journey down the Rio Grande; top books about Montana; visitors; misspellings.
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Spreading the News; more opinions; HCN meeting in Las Cruces, N.M., hears about life on the border; new interns Julie Elliott and Sarah Wright.
The American West is an island besieged
An encounter with an almost-extinct Hawaiian bird leads the writer to wonder whether the West's own wildlife and cultures can survive, or whether the region is fated to become a museum instead of a living landscape.
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HCN's wonderful senior editor, Michelle Nijhuis, moves on; visitors; unsentimental nature writing; correction on Idaho state fish.
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Winter break; Ray Ring writes on Montana; good books and such; visitors; Radio HCN update; HCN gets honorable mention for John B. Oakes award.
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Change from the inside out; remember Cate Gilles; more letters, please; Renny Russell and "On The Loose"; visitors; Herbert Hoover on water; sad news about Tommie Bell's death.
The enduring Endangered Species Act
Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt pushed collaboration as a way to save the Endangered Species Act, an approach that has helped to strengthen this strong and flexible law.
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About this issue; Paonia growth battle; Peter Chilson and other visitors; tribute to Chuck Wellner; axing the fax.
The man in the rubber boots
A day spent helping to "bring in the water" on an irrigation ditch leads the writer to muse about the green landscapes in the dry West.
Transforming powers
The Bonneville Power Administration has long provided the Northwest -- especially its aluminum industry -- with some of the cheapest public power, but drought, endangered salmon and the deregulated electricity market may just change all that.
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June potluck; Storytelling 101 with HCN and Ira Glass; summer interns Laurel Jones and Rachel Jackson.
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Feedback from readers' surveys; Jon Margolis apologizes for booboo; the many lives of Mark Matthews.
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Activist Connie Harvey celebrates 70th birthday in Aspen, Colo.; visitors by modem and phone; God leads HCN subscribers; oops: HCN booboos.
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The Ides of March; spring visitors; report from a land-use management seminar sponsored by FREE (Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment).
Mr. Babbitt's wild ride
In eight years as Interior Secretary, Bruce Babbitt has known some failures but more successes: reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, halting the New World gold mine, and creating many national monuments, starting with the Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Power on the loose
Electric utility deregulation and California's energy crisis hold promise and peril for the rest of the West, as conservationists seek to ensure that new energy systems are both efficient and easy on the land and water and air.
Lifting the veil of secrecy
Len Ackland's book, "Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West," gives a comprehensive and often scary history of the Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory near Denver, Colo.
Tickling the green funny bone
The online environmental magazine "Grist" tries to keep a sense of humor in its work as a self-described "beacon in the smog."
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