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

  • The once and future West

    An economic downturn in the West, following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, might actually be good for the region.

  • Bush administration faces a reborn Interior

    The incoming Republican administration in Washington, D.C., will not find it easy to undo the newly awakened environmental direction of Bruce Babbitt's invigorated Interior Department.

  • When 'hunting' becomes staggeringly stupid

    A lifelong hunter fiercely attacks "canned hunting" as "cowardly killing."

  • New Mexico's secret sport

    A reporter ventures into the tightly knit, secretive world of cockfighting in New Mexico, one of the few places where it is still legal to put specially bred roosters into a pit and watch them fight each other to the death.

  • Clean fuel, dirty neighbors

    Methane gas is a clean-burning fuel, but its production creates unnecessary havoc for the people who live in the gas fields.

  • Squishy-soft processes - hard results

    Former Sierra Club chairman Mike McCloskey says consensus is a threat to democracy and the environment, but the writer believes the move toward collaboration is a sign of a healthy, maturing West and a vigorous grassroots environmental movement.

  • Sly Country News

    In a special April Fool's edition, "Sly Country News" features imaginative maps, a bovine poet, earplugs for animals and other ideas, and - scariest of all - the paper's plan for launching its Media Empire.

  • The West 'ain't no cow country'

    Prof. Debra Donahue defends her controversial book, "The Western Range Revisited," and its criticism of public-lands grazing.

  • In Wyoming, academic freedom is an endangered species

    A University of Wyoming faculty member says that the furor over Debra Donahue's book, "The Western Range Revisited," is just the most recent attack on academic freedom led by Wyoming special interests.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • High Country Schmooze

    In a special April Fool's page, HCN changes its names, takes on a rather notorious new intern, and covers the breakaway prairie dog republic and the Talibann in Idaho, and offers readers a chance to write their own story for the paper.

  • 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.

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