Opinions

Colorado cities' water grab puts agriculture at risk

When it comes to water supply, Western Slope residents are the haves, while the rapidly growing cities of the Front Range chafe at their role as have-nots. Read more...
August 25, 2009

Tester's bill on Montana forests could use some tweaking

Unlike some of my friends and associates, I do believe there are some good things in Tester’s legislation and other things that I could live with if there were some modification of the bill’s language. Read more...
August 18, 2009

Designating national park lands as wilderness a political ploy

If you’ve read any of my past columns, you know I’m a strong proponent of designating more Wilderness, but when considering whether to support including our national parks under the National Wilderness Preservation System, I have to wonder if it’s a good idea. Here’s why....
June 26, 2009

Idaho's bighorn sheep law proves link between bad science, bad law

Marie Bulgin doesn't hide her opinions. "I'm not against bighorn sheep," she told the Associated Press recently. "I'm just for agriculture." Read more...
June 10, 2009

Judges should toss dueling wolf lawsuits

As expected, Wyoming officials and several environmental groups this week sued the federal government over its decision to leave gray wolves in the state on the endangered species list while delisting them elsewhere in the Northern Rockies. Both plaintiffs should be ashamed of themselves. The...
June 4, 2009

Guns in parks make for a messy, sometimes violent mix

Congress' approval last week of legislation allowing loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges raises difficult new challenges for the Interior Department, which must try to strike a balance between lawful, responsible gun use and what many believe will be an uptick in vandalism, poaching...
May 29, 2009

Wolf delisting ratchets up the rhetoric in Idaho

Wolves are no longer federally protected in Idaho. The howling you hear as you watch a springtime sunset is not a pack of wolves but environmentalists. Read more...
May 11, 2009

Who Will Protect the Forests?

During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama strongly supported a regulation enacted near the end of the Clinton administration prohibiting commercial activity in nearly 60 million roadless acres of the national forests. Eager to open those forests to timber and oil companies, the Bush...
May 7, 2009

BLM should follow state's lead on grouse

We'll say this right up front: The sage grouse should not be placed under federal Endangered Species Act protection in Wyoming. Although the birds' numbers have plummeted in other parts of the West, and it's clear that they don't do well amid intensive energy development, the species is not on the...
May 1, 2009

Utah senator is wrong to punish Interior on canceled leases

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s first big decision was to cancel 77 oil and gas leases in Utah that were awarded in the final months of the Bush administration. Their cancellation sent a clear signal that the Obama administration would take a more measured approach to energy exploration on...
April 27, 2009
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