Politics

An Alaska ballot measure could kill Pebble Mine
An Alaska ballot measure could kill Pebble Mine
In November, voters will decide how to balance resource development and salmon habitat protections.
Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal.
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
San Juan County says ‘Make it Monumental’ while asking for exemption from the Antiquities Act.
Yellowstone Park's most devoted geyser gazer
For three months and 380 consecutive eruptions, John Wegel has been present to watch the Riverside Geyser arch its plume 80 feet high out over the Firehole River.
Stewart Udall made conservation national policy
Generations to come will look upon the work of Steward Udall -- Secretary of the Interior Department under both Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson -- as exceptional, a lesson of political survival combined with effective conservation.
N.M. solar power group prefers passive designs
Keith Haggard, the founder and executive director of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, shares his experiences advocating for solar technology.
Rod Nash sees end to the freedom of the hills
Roderick Nash, whose passion is exploring and preserving wilderness, sees wilderness not as an amenity, but as a powerful aid for overcoming a frontier mentality.
Mark Skrotzki cuts his teeth on Glenwood Canyon
Mark Skrotzki is spearheading an effort to find alternatives to a plan to push a four-lane interstate through Colorado's Glenwood Canyon.
Eleen Williams: preserving the past
Ellen Williams, the postmaster general in the town of Dutch John in northeastern Utah, has spent the past several years attempting to preserve and restore the historical remnants of nearby Browns Park, an Old West ranch outpost and outlaw hideout.
Sheet metal firm sells 'Sun Grabber'
Don Erickson is a modest, cautious man. These qualities set him apart from most other solar energy equipment manufacturers eager to build a market for a new product.
Dick Randall: a life with coyotes
Dick Randall, who grew up in Wyoming's wide open spaces and at one time in his life shot hundreds of coyotes from a plane, is now an outspoken opponent of predator control.
Doggedly working to save Escudilla Mountain
Buzz and Mary Anne Youens anticipated a quiet life when they built a cabin in Arizona's isolated White Mountains in the early 1970s, but a nearby timber sale turned them into activists.
Cartoons, counseling, and butterflies
When HCN cartoonist Rob Pudim isn't slaying social dragons, he's often out catching butterflies or helping out with Boulder's methadone program.
Success formula: don't waste time losing
Priscilla Robinson, the director of the Southwest Environmental Service, says that the key to lobbying is to recognize that the political person is a whole person and to give him a chance.
Cattle ranching in a recreational area
Bob Child, a rancher in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, is trying to promote an experimental program aimed at preserving what's left of the valley's cattle grazing industry.
A lifetime watching the wilderness
Ann and Myron Sutton are students and teachers of the wilderness, having studied hundreds of wilderness areas in nearly 40 countries and written over 20 books on the wild outdoors.
Mike Frome nails resource scandals
Conservation writer Michael Frome is well-qualified to comment on the risks of speaking out -- he's spent much of his career nailing down natural resource scandals and naming the people responsible, and has lost two jobs for his candor.
John McComb: a natural for the job
People envy John McComb, Southwest Representative of the Sierra Club, because they think he gets paid to hike through the deserts and mountains surrounding Tuscon, Arizona. But he works 70-80 hours per week, believing that dedication and patience are two essential qualities for his profession.
Grand Canyon hike changed his life
Ten years after Juel Rodack and his wife took an awe-inspiring hike into the Grand Canyon, only to emerge and learn of plans for the Marble and Bridge Canyon Dams, the group they formed in response, Arizonans for Water Without Waste, is one of the most influential environmental groups in the Southwest.
Charlie Scott: from Wyoming to Washington D.C. (and back again)
Charlie Scott, a rancher south of Casper Mountain in Wyoming, challenged himself as a bureaucrat in Washington D.C. for five years, but is pleased to be back in the West.
Utahn fights to save southwestern canyons
When conservationists get together to talk shop, June Viavant talks canyons. The Escalante Canyon, in particular, has been her obsession since the '60s.
Laney Hicks keeps Sierra Club on front page
Laney Hicks, the Northern Plains Representative of the Sierra Club, has made good on her goal of getting good press coverage.
Friend of the earth and strip mine showman
Ed Dobson wanted to be a baseball player, and later, a sports broadcaster. But a hike to the Grand Canyon clinched his future in the West, and he now runs a traveling show about the ills of strip mining.
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