April 23, 2014

Has Durango, Colo., sold its river, and its soul, to recreation? In its quest to be an amenity-rich, recreation-based town rather than the extraction based one it once was, critics of a new river-side park plan say, Durango has finally gone too far. http://hcne.ws/1rgrgVO

Photos and story by Jonathan Thompson

April 21, 2014
After the standoff, what's next for Bundy and BLM?

Illegal Bundy cows on BLM land
After the standoff last weekend, what’s next for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM? A task force has been formed to deal with the situation, BLM suffers repercussions and Bundy supporters are still camped out near his ranch. 

April 17, 2014
Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup. After running a tab of court injunctions, complaints and nearly $1 million in fines for grazing on the federally-owned Bunkerville Allotment in the southern tip of Nevada, a roundup of 900 cattle has begun. http://hcne.ws/PY8gjp

Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup. After running a tab of court injunctions, complaints and nearly $1 million in fines for grazing on the federally-owned Bunkerville Allotment in the southern tip of Nevada, a roundup of 900 cattle has begun. http://hcne.ws/PY8gjp

April 14, 2014

When the Colorado River reached the Gulf of California last month for the first time since the 1990’s, photographer John Trotter was in Mexico to witness it. He made these incredible images of the people experiencing the historic water pulses that are meant to restore the struggling delta. http://hcne.ws/1irMonf

April 7, 2014
The rare and threatened island-dwelling Alexander Archipelago wolf is now closer to protection in Southeast Alaska. Logging and hunting on Prince of Wales Island has imperiled the species for years, but wildlife advocates are hopeful that a final step in the ESA process will yield definitive protection. http://hcne.ws/Ofpx66

The rare and threatened island-dwelling Alexander Archipelago wolf is now closer to protection in Southeast Alaska. Logging and hunting on Prince of Wales Island has imperiled the species for years, but wildlife advocates are hopeful that a final step in the ESA process will yield definitive protection. http://hcne.ws/Ofpx66

March 31, 2014
Four women joyride the flood that will revive the Colorado River Delta

Outcrop camp

March 27, 2014
The toxic legacy of Exxon Valdez: We are just beginning to understand the true cost of one of America’s worst ecological disasters: http://hcne.ws/NKbhCfPhotograph by Dave Janka.

The toxic legacy of Exxon Valdez: We are just beginning to understand the true cost of one of America’s worst ecological disasters: http://hcne.ws/NKbhCf
Photograph by Dave Janka.

March 24, 2014
Hatcheries make for happy anglers but at what cost to wild fish? Last week, Washington struck a blow in favor of wild fish, designating three Columbia River tributaries as some of the state’s first wild steelhead gene banks - waters into which no hatchery-raised steelhead will be released.

http://hcne.ws/1kNdpoQ
Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 

Hatcheries make for happy anglers but at what cost to wild fish? Last week, Washington struck a blow in favor of wild fish, designating three Columbia River tributaries as some of the state’s first wild steelhead gene banks - waters into which no hatchery-raised steelhead will be released.

http://hcne.ws/1kNdpoQ

Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 

March 21, 2014

How the heck do you overcome a tumbleweed takeover of sci-fi proportions?http://hcne.ws/1kXaAnO

March 20, 2014
"Don’t teach kids climate change. It’ll hurt the fossil fuel economy." This month, Wyoming’s governor signed a budget that prohibits the state’s adoption of standards that would require climate change to be taught in schools, and that will probably be widely accepted by other states. http://hcne.ws/1dr1gRd

Photo of Scopes trial in 1925 that pitted Christian beliefs against science education.

"Don’t teach kids climate change. It’ll hurt the fossil fuel economy." This month, Wyoming’s governor signed a budget that prohibits the state’s adoption of standards that would require climate change to be taught in schools, and that will probably be widely accepted by other states. http://hcne.ws/1dr1gRd

Photo of Scopes trial in 1925 that pitted Christian beliefs against science education.

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