Essays

Mountain biking is my act of resistance
Mountain biking is my act of resistance
In predominantly white Colorado, I bike to beat my fear.
My great American family
My great American family
And why we have a right to be here.
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
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.
Power could come from a shared vision
These two special issues of High Country News say that we have overbuilt our electric power system by up to five times. We could shut down up to four out of five power plants, coal mines, and hydroelectric dams while providing the same services and a higher quality of life.
'I lay lizard-like on a boulder, basking and sun-drying'
I'd always had this urge, possibly primeval, to live in a cave for a while.
Everett Ruess: 'I have really lived'
Unless he returns to tell it himself, we'll never know his fate for certain, but it appears that he began to realize that his love of wilderness, his quest for oneness with nature, had him trapped. He knew he could never go back.
How you and a bear can survive a chance meeting
When meeting a black bear, friendly or otherwise, it is best simply not to move ...
Where neighbor is a verb
Minutiae matters in rural South Dakota.
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