Politics

Public lands top Rep. Debra Haaland’s agenda
Public lands top Rep. Debra Haaland’s agenda
One of the first Native American women elected to Congress is fighting fossil fuel development on ‘the most pristine and beautiful places in our country.’
The hidden consequences of New Mexico’s latest oil boom
The hidden consequences of New Mexico’s latest oil boom
Carlsbad residents are experiencing health impacts, but the science behind their woes lags behind the pace of drilling.
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Energy industry lobbying could lead to more mining from Bears Ears to Wyoming.
Love spins rock tales from huckleberries and oil
Dr. J. David Love, a supervisor for the U.S. Geological Survey, shares his knowledge of the Yellowstone supervolcano and other geologic wonders with summer students at the Teton Science School.
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.
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