Essays

Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Photos: The power of climbing harnessed
Brown Girls Climbing addresses trauma and is increasing diversity at the crag.
Currents of consent and control
Currents of consent and control
Like strainers of a river, our memories reshape us from within.
It is solved by walking
It is solved by walking
The path to fixing our broken communities is forged by footsteps.
BPA: the Northwest's sugar daddy
The author contests the The Bonneville Power Administration's claim that salmon protection is to blame for its rising rates.
Let Nature fill the niche
Wolves are making their way back into Yellowstone.
Can some good come out of the CAP?
The writer reflects on the costs and benefits of the Central Arizona Project.
We're in this fight together
Some grass-roots workers and Washington-based politicians are partners for the environment.
How Boulder preserves its vision
How Boulder's rejection of Peak Power Corp.'s hydro plan preserves the town's vision.
What ranchers need to do now that the world has come calling
A biography of a 19th century Colorado rancher.
Will Jackson save itself?
An essay on the difficulties of saving Jackson Hole from land development
How the West was liquidated
An essay on the economics of the development of the frontier.
The West, according to The New York Times
Bruce Babbitt, secretary of the Interior Department, represents the face of the emerging West.
The invisible Yellowstone wolves
Biologists believe some Yellowstone wolves have survived.
The rooted meet the transient at Taos Pueblo
An insect infestation in Taos Pueblo runs its course.
How two logging towns were lost
An essay on growing up in Hilt, Calif., and Happy Camp, Calif.
Don't look for free inquiry at the West's land-grant colleges
Essay on the role of western academics in policy decisions.
The only hope for wilderness is to save all the parts
Mike Bader, executive director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, advocates preserving the Northern Rockies in its entirety as an ecosytem.
A unique ecumenism at Snoqualmie Falls
Dam relicensing threatens the social and spiritual significance of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington state.
Wilderness politics are anything but simple
The President of the Montana Wilderness Association's governing council offers an opinion on the Montana Wilderness bill.
This process is out of control
If the Spanish explorers could have foreseen the many bitter conflicts over the Colorado, speculated historian Norris Hundley, they might have named it "River of Controversy:'
This bird fills more niches than a cowpie has bugs
The author reflects in magpies.
The West's nuclear Mandarins have reaped what they sowed
To those of us who grew up in the 1950s reading I.F. Stone's Weekly, with its regular exposes of the dangers of above-ground nuclear testing, the accompanying coverups and denials, and the silence of the mass media on those subjects, the end of all nuclear testing is a shock.
Let's stop dirt-bike noise and 'the-end-is-here' noise
"Wise-users" may not have much influence, but they should give environmentalists pause to reconsider their long-run strategies.
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