Opinions

CBM water inquiries are step in the right direction

The Wyoming state engineer's decision to make coalbed methane operators in the Powder River Basin prove that continued pumping of groundwater will eventually lead to the production of gas is a good thing, given that over the past decade, coalbed-methane operations brought more than 4 billion...
August 26, 2008

Democrats borrow from Madison Avenue

It's like a supercharged dream: You find yourself sliding into the driver's seat of a sleek, brand new car. Slap it into gear and you zoom ahead, through a spectacular wild-looking Western landscape. You take the curves faster than seemed possible, maybe around Utah's eerie redrock spires, or...
August 25, 2008

The way it looks in rural Oregon in this shaky economic world

A few years ago, local realtors in Joseph, a town of 1,000 in northeastern Oregon, were clamoring for houses and properties to put on the market; now, "for sale" signs are everywhere.  Yet real estate deals in Wallowa County are stalled because the boom times in Bend, Ore., have...
August 25, 2008

Going backwards? Building an oil refinery in South Dakota

In South Dakota, politicians and business leaders are cheering a massive oil refinery planned for the state’s southeast corner. If built, it will be the first oil refinery constructed in the United States in more than 30 years. There are, of course, good reasons why oil refineries aren...
August 25, 2008

Not even the privileged can deter a porcupine

When folks build homes (or mansions) next to wilderness, they are often shocked to learn that the wilderness is, in fact, wild. Critters they once thought of as cute and charming are suddenly villainous and voracious, devouring flower beds, tunneling under irrigation systems, even munching on...
August 25, 2008

NRA needs somebody like me

Like every hunter worthy of the name, I want to protect our hunting heritage so men and women many years from now can experience the same love, awe and respect for wild animals that I¹ve been privileged to know. But the two bedrock requirements for that to happen are the health of animal...
August 25, 2008

My dad and the quail he loved

Theirs is the call heard in the background of every Grade B western ever filmed, no matter the supposed location of the good guy vs. bad guy confrontation. It's still a surprise to me, though, when I hear the California quail below my house on a blustery day that passes for spring in Montana....
August 12, 2008

Off-roaders drive closer to the Grand Canyon

Part of the pride in putting on the iconic flat hat and the green and grey National Park Service uniform is knowing you work for an organization that tries to protect some of the most beautiful and historic places in the world.  After serving the National Park Service for 32 years -- the...
August 12, 2008

What Westerners would love to ask the candidates

For a Westerner, this year’s presidential campaign has been both exciting and disappointing. There was excitement when Sen. Barack Obama and the entire Clinton family fought for support in Wyoming; who could ever have imagined that Democratic presidential candidates would be battling for...
August 12, 2008

Washington takes aim at Colorado's backcountry

If Coloradans can brag about one thing, it's superior hunting and fishing. We have more elk and mule deer than any other state in the country, as well as trout streams and high mountain lakes that are world renowned. Read more...
August 11, 2008
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