Watching Government: A surprising choice

Sally Jewell's nomination on Feb. 6 to succeed Ken Salazar as US Interior secretary was indisputably a surprise. Conventional predictions had US President Barack Obama turning to a western governor or senator to lead the department during his second term. The chief executive of one of the nation's leading outdoor equipment retailers wasn't even mentioned. The choice obviously pleased environmental organizations because Jewell has been an active public land conservationist. Oil and gas groups that may have been very concerned weren't because she also began her professional career as an engineer at Mobil Oil Corp. One question now is whether she will try to balance competing interests at In...

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