Opinion

  • A Lively Exchange with the Interior Department

    Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior and HCN's Editors enjoy a lively exchange

  • Lessons of an intolerant past

    Before the U.S. tries to crack down on suspicious-looking Muslims and Middle Easterners, it would do well to remember the World War II era injustice of Japanese-American internment camps like Minidoka, Idaho.

  • I am an Inuit warrior

    It's not easy being a person who lives in a high mountain ski town but hates snow and winter weather.

  • Keeping 'em down on the High Plains

    The incestuous relationship between the oil and gas industry and the Wyoming government is finally being challenged through a state Supreme Court decision that ruled against Exxon.

  • The Red Desert: Wyoming's endangered country

    Wyoming's little-known Red Desert is a unique region rich in wildlife, history - and also in deposits of oil, gas and minerals, which could lead to the destruction of the land under which they're found.

  • Battered borderlands

    As the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert into Arizona rises, the Border Patrol is faced with the need to protect a fragile environment at the same time that it polices the border.

  • Tom Chapman: A small-town boy who made good

    Modern-day "robber barons" such as Tom Chapman will continue to blackmail taxpayers by threatening to develop wilderness and park inholdings - unless land-management agencies summon the will to fight back.

  • The river comes last

    The Montana Legislature ratifies a water compact with the Crow Indian Tribe that favors consumptive users of the water at the expense of the Bighorn River itself, and of the world-class trout fishery in Bighorn Lake.

  • Fallen forester

    Jim Nelson, who managed the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada for years amid environmentalist acclaim, has had his career derailed by whistleblowers that the writer believes acted without justification, in a spirit of personal malice.

  • Arson isn't the only crime on Vail Mountain

    The headlines about the recent arson in Vail, Colo., fail to consider the resort's history of legal but still reprehensible activities - especially its expansion into old-growth and possible lynx habitat.

  • We can have electricity, jobs and clean air

    A former Hopi chairman says that the owners of the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., whose smoke pollutes the air of the Hopi Reservation, have the ability and the obligation to clean up the plant without closing down.

  • ...but let's not forget about the past

    In his own words, Land Lindbergh argues that the mining industry has dominated the political process, defeated adequate standards, and needs to take responsibility for its mistakes.

  • Give the mining industry a second chance...

    In his own words, Dave Skinner argues that environmentalists exaggerate the threat from mining and that the industry is making good changes.

  • A visit with the River People of Hanford Reach

    The 60-member Wanapum Tribe has never lost its spiritual connection to Washington's Columbia River, and is now hoping to reclaim the only free-flowing stretch left - the Hanford Reach.

  • Wyoming's heroes celebrate a birthday

    At the Wyoming Outdoor Council's 30th birthday party in Lander, Wyo., founder Tom Bell is honored.