Opinions

Wyoming high court should affirm lower court's decision on river access

The Wyoming Supreme Court today will wade into a dispute over whether landowners along the North Platte River southwest of Casper should be allowed to shut down public access to a two-mile stretch of the river. Read more...
May 11, 2010

Montana bill to expand Livestock Dept's authority a bad idea

State Sen. Debby Barrett, a Republican from Dillon, is drafting a bill that would give the state Department of Livestock a bigger say in how disease-carrying wildlife is managed. We've already seen - endlessly - how the DOL deals with Yellowstone bison. Whatever bison they are unable to push back...
May 11, 2010

Wyoming should expand eminent domain reform beyond wind industry

It's unfortunate that state lawmakers have restricted a new review of possible changes to Wyoming's eminent domain law to wind energy development. Read more...
May 6, 2010

Utah should take steps to protect Great Salt Lake

var requestedWidth = 0; if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } The Great Salt Lake is shrinking, taking vital wetlands with it. While the lake...
May 5, 2010

Utah, other Western states right to fight for control of land

Folks actually trying to make a living west of the Rockies -- who quickly discover you don't just wait for fruit to fall off the trees, out here -- were none too pleased when President Bill Clinton designated 1.9 million acres of southern Utah as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,...
May 5, 2010

Myths about green energy abound in America

Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we'll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, "green" energy has great emotional and political appeal....
April 27, 2010

Wolf groups, pro and con, aren't that far apart on ideals

For about three years now, I’ve been wondering how something so easy to do just can’t to get done. Read more...
April 23, 2010

Utah needs to remain vigilant on Nevada's mercury emissions

All is not glitter and gold in Nevada's mining industry. While the Silver State's 15 gold production and processing facilities provide thousands of jobs and the metal that makes the world go around, they are also one of the primary sources of airborne mercury emissions that pollute public waterways...
April 21, 2010

Public needs to separate fact from fiction about wolves

Never let facts get in the way of some good hysteria. That seems to be the mantra of the fringe anti-wolf crowd as it once again seizes on the iconic animal’s imagined evils in yet another attempt to revisit the futile notion of a second extermination.   Read more...
April 14, 2010

Colorado's roadless plan fits the state like a well-made suit

var requestedWidth = 0; if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } Colorado's final plan to steer management of 4.2 million acres of roadless...
April 8, 2010
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