Opinions

Wolves in Oregon: Don't be so quick on the trigger

Throughout Western history, it has always been easier to shoot wolves than to live with them. Now, just as the first small packs of gray wolves are getting a toehold in Oregon, it is vital that this state not go back to the old way, the easy way, every time there is a conflict with wolves. Read...
July 12, 2010

We need a solution to too many wild horses

As a kid growing up in Colorado, I was crazy about wild horses. I read books about mustangs and drew pictures of them. In school, I was thrilled to learn about the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which was passed in 1971, after "Wild Horse Annie" saw bleeding mustangs being hauled...
July 6, 2010

Tester

In my discussions with some environmental advocates relative to Senator Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation legislation (FJRA), I get the sense that many feel lucky to have any wilderness legislation before Congress. It is easy to understand how one could get such an outlook since there...
June 24, 2010

Oil-shale mirage still shimmers on W. Slope

"The Jetsons" honed the expectations of my generation — for us, it seemed inevitable that by now we'd have push-button meals and cars that flew. Read more...
June 24, 2010

Water war's truce is only temporary

The river rafting compromise announced Tuesday likely will ease tensions between commercial outfitters and private landowners who were headed to a showdown on the November ballot. Read more...
June 16, 2010

Jury verdict lays groundwork for bear-human conflicts in the 'Next West'

Amid concerns over whether guns being allowed in national parks will increase grizzly bear killings, a Wyoming jury has set an important standard. Read more...
June 1, 2010

Interior Department's new leasing rules strike right balance

Tighter rules for oil and gas drilling on federal lands will go a long way toward protecting the environment, yet they won't unreasonably restrict necessary energy exploration. Read more...
May 20, 2010

U.S. should privatize its offshore natural resources

Is it any wonder that the BP calamity occurred? Here’s what has been preoccupying its environmental regulator, the Minerals Management Service, ever since MMS was established in 1982. Read more...
May 19, 2010

Feds made right call on protection of ferrets

A federal agency took the right action Monday when it rejected a petition by environmental groups that sought to reclassify black-footed ferret populations in Wyoming, Arizona and South Dakota. Read more...
May 18, 2010

U.S. EPA should adopt Utah's standard on CNG vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to live up to its name. By thwarting a new Utah law designed to help clean the air, the agency's actions seem to be at odds with its mission. Read more...
May 12, 2010
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