Opinions

Salazar took the right route on Utah energy leases

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached the right decision last week when he put eight parcels of land near Arches and Canyonlands national parks, Desolation Canyon on the Green River and Nine Mile Canyon near Price off-limits to oil and gas drilling. Read more...
October 15, 2009

Federal judge tosses BLM's travel plan for California desert lands

A federal judge has rejected key provisions of a plan for managing millions of acres in the California desert, saying the U.S. Bureau of Land Management designated roughly 5,000 miles of off-road vehicle routes without properly taking into account their impact on public lands, archaeological sites...
September 30, 2009

Montana timber, logging company shares views of Tester's bill

On Tuesday, I wrote about Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. The act would protect 600,000 acres of Montana wilderness, but it would also mandate the logging of 10,000 acres per year in Montana’s national forests. Read more...
September 25, 2009

Obama avoids pitfalls of previous Democratic presidents on Western issues

Protesters in Idaho and all around the country suggest President Barack Obama is waging war on capitalism, gun ownership and even small-town values. Read more...
September 21, 2009

Those who dream of breaching Snake River dams need reality check

The Obama administration this week joined the conga line of those who favor breaching the four lower Snake River dams, joining preservationists who've made it an article of faith that dynamiting Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor dams is the only way to save Columbia River...
September 18, 2009

There is no 'change' in USDA's new agenda

In his first major speech on forest policy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out the Obama Administration’s plans for managing national forests and grasslands that total 193 million acres (an area the size of Texas!) much of it in the West. Vilsack also emphasized wildfire management in...
September 14, 2009

Colorado's federal lawmakers need to turn up the heat on mercury storage

There’s no legal problem here, officials with the U.S. Department of Energy say. Storing mercury at a federal site south of Whitewater won’t violate the terms of an agreement the DOE signed with Mesa County more than a decade ago, a top official with the agency said. Read more...
September 10, 2009

Wyoming needs to support clean-coal research

It's good to see the University of Wyoming is aggressively seeking federal dollars to support its efforts to enhance carbon sequestration research and technology. Rewad more...
September 3, 2009

Obama's stance on Yucca Mountain threatens nuclear research in Idaho

Idaho's stake in the Yucca Mountain debate is obvious - and mounting. Used nuclear reactor fuel remains stored at the Idaho National Laboratory west of Idaho Falls. Much of it comes from the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered submarines and warships. Read more...
September 2, 2009

Colorado must ensure uranium mining won't affect water

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August 28, 2009
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