From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rocky Barker has an article on the controversial elk escape in today’s Idaho Statesman. In Idaho when Barker writes a story, that means its big news. Story.

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This Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness wildfire, not far from the Derby Fire, could burn out of the Wilderness into the summer homes and residences that line the West Boulder River north of the Wilderness. Watching the satellite map yesterday, I could see it was putting up a huge plume, one as visible […]

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The “new west” is the most densely populated part of the United States, and yet there are still vast wide open spaces. It’s a place where imagination of the concept of the West is more important than the reality we live in.

So says Hal Rothman in this essay for Writers on the Range.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey