Stanley Lake and the Sawtooths at 6:10 AM

“What Is Your ‘Why’?”


WC attended Wild Idaho recently. Among the many excellent speakers was Connie Myers, the founding director of the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. The Center is an inter-agency training facility for the four federal agencies with a stake in wilderness: the Forestry Service in the Department of Agriculture; the National Park Service and the…

Scotchguard™ advertisement, c. 1961

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Scotchgard™


Scotchgard™ is a 3M product that makes fabrics stain resistant and somewhat water repellent. 3M completely reformulated Scotchgard in May 2000. It turned out that the chemicals used in earlier versions of  Scotchgard were dangerous and persisted in the environment for a long time. Those chemicals were perfluorinated compounds (“PFASs”), including perfluorooctane sulfate (“PFOS”) and perfluorooctanoic…

Rachel Carson official USF&W photo, c. 1940

Silent Spring Reconsidered


When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announces yet another attack on the environmental laws and that protect us, it’s ironic, bitterly ironic, that the announcements are often made from the ceremonial auditorium on the third floor of EPA headquarters; from the Rachel Carson Room. The Rachel Carson room is just a few feet away from the EPA…

Southern Idaho Dairy, CAFO Operation, Twin Falls, Idaho

Cowboys, CAFOs and Stupid


The image most of us have of Idaho – when you think of Idaho at all – is a cowboy ridin’ the range, herding cattle in the sagebrush.1 Never mind that cattle ranchers today use pickups, 4-wheelers and drones, not horses. But cattle grazing on the range, under the big, western skies, isn’t where the…