Politics

20 years after the Columbine shooting, its brutality is routine
20 years after the Columbine shooting, its brutality is routine
Have school shootings become part of the American psyche?
Country-life shooters; moose acceptance; Phil Lyman’s unpaid debt
Country-life shooters; moose acceptance; Phil Lyman’s unpaid debt
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
David Bernhardt confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
David Bernhardt confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
The former oil lobbyist has connections with industries that could profit from his decisions managing the nation’s natural and cultural resources.
Saga of Enid Waldholtz
Utah Republican Enid Waldholtz faces a bid for her seat in Congress by Democrat Karen Shepherd, while allegations of financial impropriety embroil her and her husband, Joe Waldholtz.
Congress' war against nature creates backlash
The anti-environment onslaught of the Republican Congress begins to falter as a backlash makes its presence felt.
Voters say yes to elk, no to takings, jets
In the Nov. 7 elections, environmental initiatives, like other initiatives, lost if they would have cost taxpayers money.
Untangling Washington
Congressional Green Sheets' "The Environment and Energy Weekly Bulletin" is reviewed.
Sinclair Lewis' George Babbitt would be at home in this Congress
A rereading of Sinclair Lewis' "Babbitt" helps the writer understand the anti-intellectual neo-Babbitts in today's Republic Congress.
To save a Utah canyon, a BLM ranger quits and turns activist
Former BLM ranger Skip Edwards fights to preserve Utah's Westwater Canyon as wilderness at the same time that miner Ron Pene seeks to develop his family's mining claims in the canyon.
Congress is reworking 100 years of federal policy
Right-wing Republicans in control of Congress plan sweeping change that will transform the West and roll back 100 years of progress.
Cut to the past: logging wars resume
Using an obscure provision in the recent salvage logging bill, loggers begin cutting healthy old-growth forests in the Northwest.
Inside the glitter
An exhibit of photographs and interviews by Kit Miller takes an in-depth look at the people who work in Nevada's casinos.
U.S. House to the environment: Die!
Drastic budget cuts planned by a Republican Congress may have a dramatic effect on the environment.
Washington voters win vote on takings bill
Washington voters will get to vote in November on whether to scrap their state's Initiative 164, the most extreme takings law in the nation.
A progressive bureaucrat signs off
Ed Marston interviews HCN reader Daniel Beard, who resigns as Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Sept. 1.
Memo incontinence strikes again
Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton is embarrassed by the disclosure of memos showing his close ties to industry in his attempts to weaken environmental laws.
A 77-year-old cow watcher from Arizona
HCN reader Pauline Sandholdt of Salome, Arizona, is featured in a profile.
This budget cut is destructive
Republican plans to cut the budget for the Land and Water Conservation Fund will wreak havoc in the West.
Legislature votes to hamstring Washington state
The Washington Legislature's approval of Initiative 164 creates the most far-reaching "takings" law in the nation.
Politics 101
A reporter travels through Washington state's 5th congressional district to try to understand the November election defeat of Democratic Speaker of the House Tom Foley after 30 years in office.
Heard Around the West
A digest of news reports on militias and the reaction to them in the West in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Will the bill's authors please stand?
A memo shows lobbyists wrote most of a bill scaling back the Endangered Species Act.
It's deja vu yet again, says Bruce Babbitt
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is philosophical about his problems, saying that the current Western uprising "isn't a revolution, it's a repetition."
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