Opinions

Bush legacy

Bush administration officials are rushing to implement new rules and change old ones before they pack up and leave Washington to a new president. Read more...
November 7, 2008

Obama will protect public lands, pursue green energy

Western Democrats and environmentalists will have more influence on federal land decisions in Idaho and the West under President Barack Obama. Read more...
November 5, 2008

Can the Forest Service get back on track?

It’s been a dismal eight years for the U.S. Forest Service.  When the Bush administration took office, it immediately suspended a popular measure to protect 58 million acres of backcountry public forests from new roads. Instead, the agency became consumed by firefighting. Since 2001,...
November 4, 2008

Hunting keeps getting better and better

Every year, I think hunting for antelope just can’t get any better, and every year it does. The days are warm, the nights are cool, the aspens are golden and so are the memories. Let me explain. In my grandfather’s day in southwestern Wyoming, antelope were few and far between. In...
November 4, 2008

Think again before thinking nuclear

Both major candidates for president are effusive in their praise of alternative ways of producing energy, and their lists of how to go green usually include nuclear power. John McCain’s energy plan calls for 45 new nuclear power plants. Barack Obama is less enthused; he says he’d go...
October 28, 2008

Who will be the West's new boss?

One of the great parlor games of the West is to guess who the next president will choose to be secretary of the Interior Department. The man or woman succeeding Idaho's Dirk Kempthorne will be the nation's top wildlife manager and federal landlord of more than 507 million acres of national...
October 28, 2008

Another chance emerges for salmon

This fall, the most endangered salmon on earth is giving us another chance to save it from extinction. Snake River sockeye salmon are small as salmon go, with a blue sheen when they leave the Pacific Ocean. That sheen has burnt bright red 850 miles and two months later by the time they reach...
October 24, 2008

Homecoming

On the wall of our cow camp bunkhouse in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming hangs a little board on which somebody scratched the words: “If you’re lucky enough to be in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.” This week, I’m lucky enough to be among the West’s...
October 24, 2008

Pushed to the wall, we can power down

We seem to learn hard lessons about energy scarcity only when something big and unexpected happens. That was definitely the case this summer in Juneau, Alaska, when avalanches suddenly destroyed our power supply and threw our community headlong into an experiment in conservation. The...
October 24, 2008

Ski Town Real Estate Projects Face Reality

The rush to build and sell trophy homes and condos in some of the most scenic Western communities seems to have slowed.  There is some indication that the hotels in the West are following the trend set by the vacation-home markets. Read more...
October 8, 2008
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