A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a majority of her colleagues signal support for the pro-transfer movement.
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.
Among the Western election results highlighted are the failure of anti-sprawl initiatives in Colorado and Arizona, a ban on game farms in Montana, and legislative races in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
HCN's political columnist considers the recent, weird and not-quite-finished election, and suggests that if George Bush turns out to be the winner, he will have to govern from the middle, which could prove good news for the environment.
Despite its tremendous original support, CARA (the Conservation and Resource Act of 1999) has come through Congress much changed and reduced.
A longtime political observer explains how it is that a huge region like the West has a rather minimal influence on national presidential elections.
November's elections may be a political watershed for Montana, with a possible power shift to moderate yet progressive-minded Democrats in Congress and the governor's office.
Remembering the late John Sawhill, president of the Nature Conservancy, whose unique blend of environmental fervor and ability to schmooze with the rich helped to make his group the nation's largest conservation organization.
An interview with legendary BuRec director Floyd Dominy reveals a man proud of the dams and water supply projects he built throughout the West - especially Glen Canyon Dam and its "most wonderful lake in the world, Lake Powell."
With the recent untimely death of Marc Reisner, the West loses a man of independence and integrity, as well as a writer whose book "Cadillac Desert" helped to change the nation's view of Western water and water projects.
The Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which would guarantee permanent funding for 15 years for buying land for conservation, has broad support but still faces an interesting dance through a complicated Congress.
Despite all the anti-federal talk, especially in the West, the government is still in place, and still trying to do its job.
An environmentalist with a Wyoming ranching background tries to find common ground between greens and cowboys who both love the land.
In the changing political and socio-economic realities of the West, different groups need to learn to listen to each other.
In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.
- Tsoi Tawodi on Will public-lands ranchers pay more for grazing?
- W John Faust on Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
- Jerry Unruh on Unwanted California tires end up in rivers and beaches
- Louis F Good on Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost
- Harvey H Reading on Federal public land transfers get a Congressional boost