Editor's Note

Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Poor oversight comes back to haunt us
Two investigations reveal federal agencies are too lax on bad actors.
The West is the stories we tell
The West is the stories we tell
To truly know a place, seek out its hidden histories.
Hunting still holds meaning
Hunting still holds meaning
Fewer people are picking up a rifle or bow, but the act warrants examination regardless.
A plan for Spaceship Earth
President Bush’s space initiative will most likely come to nothing, but it reminds us that we need to get our own planet in order before we explore the galaxy
Lost in the wilderness of power politics
The kind of democratic dialogue that creates viable wilderness proposals is impossible in the current wilderness of power politics
Toppling monoliths in Mormon Country
Now that Mormons are debating environmental issues such as draining Lake Powell, it’s high time they looked at overpopulation and the rampant development of Utah’s Wasatch Front
Save the middle ground: Hug a radical
Even though it’s true that without the radical extremes, there would be no middle ground, to save wilderness in the Bush era, environmental hard-liners need to ease up on consensus deals
A defensive island
Los Alamos National Laboratory needs to be open with the public about the messes it has made, in order to ensure that the public health is protected
Conservation in an imperfect world
San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program is a groundbreaking attempt to protect wildlife habitat, but some say it is still not enough to save the imperiled wildlife of Southern California
Pieces of the economic puzzle
The West’s small towns have always been subject to boom-and-bust economies, and even when the coal mines close and the factories move overseas, new economic engines will likely take their place
Talking about a revolution
Environmental issues in the West are the region’s "big story" – and it’s high time the region’s big newspapers covered them adequately
It’s time for some solidarity
It’s high time for the environmental movement to join with farmworker activists in their fight for fair treatment and protection from dangerous pesticides
A shock to the system
Montana’s Flathead Valley shows how environmentalists can work together – even work with their opponents – to get things done in a climate hostile to conservation
The return of the Nuclear West
Those who thought the West’s nuclear role would wind down with the end of the Cold War are facing a brand-new nuclear age, one that is being created behind closed government doors where few questions are asked
Gas, the clean energy?
Americans need to acknowledge all the costs of oil and gas drilling before we blithely flip the light switch or start the car
A brave new world of water
Water development in the West has always been about economic growth and enrichment, and current proposals for water use, whether from the public or private sector, need to be judged on their own merits
New Mexico’s new governor must reckon with history
Probably no other Western state is as deeply fractured as New Mexico, with its complex mix of Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures and their long, turbulent history
Reopening the wounds in southern Utah
It’s time for the people of southern Utah to accept that the West has changed, and that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is here to stay
The best restoration tools are fangs and claws
The memory of an encounter with a grizzly in Glacier National Park leads to thoughts about the place large predators have in the West
Pure and simple, wilderness is not
Wilderness has never been as simple a thing as it seems in our dreams, and in these days it’s up to all of us to work together – and often compromise – on legislation.
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The people of Wyoming are being duped by the mining industry and the state's highest political leaders. While we are being assured that millions of acres of our land surface are adequately protected, disaster may be waiting in the wings.
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Wyoming's unspoiled countryside is in jeopardy. The vast coal and uranium deposits which lie beneath our prairies and deserts are a treasure house of energy.
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