WHITE HOUSE BUDGET A MIXED BAG FOR RIVERS "Open Rivers Initiative" Among Bright Spots in a Dark Picture WASHINGTON - American Rivers today hailed several important advances in the administration's 2007 budget, including a first-ever request

Heard Around the Nation 2

A word about this regular section: It contains only outrageous, outlandish, and disturbing pontification. Any sensible, progressive, or intelligent statement will be instantly punted into cyberspace. From the Motorhead chatroom "Thumpertalk": Enviromentalists

Pombo on Defensive

Can there be a more despicable elected official in our land than this developer masking as a rancher masking as an advocate of the public good?,0,742715.story?coll=la-headlines-california

More Commentary on the Veep

"Something I just found out today about the incident," Jay Leno said Monday on the "Tonight Show" on NBC. "Do you know that Dick Cheney tortured the guy for a half-hour before he shot him?" "Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located a weapon of

Davy Crockett vs. Welfare

Well, this doesn't have anything to do with conservation (except the conservation of federal funds), but I sure like it:

Free Press?

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

What You Can See on Feb. 14

From Audubon's Earth Almanac by Ted Williams and compiled in "Wild Moments," edited by Connie Isbell, Illustrations by John Burgoyne, Storey Publishing, 174 pages. Frostbitten Pioneer They look like rats, only bigger, fatter, toothier, and