Items by Jodi Peterson

Spotty enforcement in the gas patch
New report finds weak and inconsistent regulations.
A fall crop of visitors
High Country News gets lots of visitors; Paolo Bacigalupi's HCN sci-fi story "The Tamarisk Hunter" is in a new anthology; Utne Reader honors visionaries, including some of HCN's friends.
Coal consolidation
Proposed merger of two mining-related federal agencies draws complaints
Wanted: a few good board members
Wanted: a few good board members
High Country News board of directors meets with staff in Reno; David Wolman's "Accidental Wilderness" wins prize; Greg Hanscom to work for Grist; farewell to Elouise Cobell.
State parks problems
Feds help keep some California parks open; other states consider closures
Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires
Good policy and good intentions won't stop big wildfires
Federal agencies have made strides in reducing fire danger in the West's forests, but many factors hinder their efforts
Calories and economics on public lands
Two more reasons to love public lands -- they burn fat and create jobs.
Hope and redemption
Hope and redemption
The story of the West is a story of the quest for redemption - not just for individuals, but for an entire landscape.
HCN stories win awards
HCN stories win awards
Two HCN stories win recent awards; summer visitors come to call; catching up with former intern Lisa McKhann.
Calling all science nerds
Calling all science nerds
Across the country, "citizen scientist" volunteers help professional researchers by gathering data on wildlife species, from moose to hummingbirds.
Making room for flycatchers
The endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher could get more critical habitat.
The Taj Mahal, the pyramids - and HCN?
The Taj Mahal, the pyramids - and HCN?
Summer visitors; corrections and clarifications.
Surf and turf update
Judges uphold removal of wolf protection, toss Obama salmon plan.
Welcome, new interns!
Welcome, new interns!
New interns Marian Lyman Kirst and Kimberly Hirai; correction.
Bad bills on the rise
Two House bills would weaken environmental protections. (No surprise.)
HCN enters the digital world
HCN enters the digital world
HCN board and staff discuss digital media; visitors; correction.
A walk in the (burned) woods
A first-hand look at the Las Conchas fire -- and older burns -- in New Mexico.
See you in July
See you in July
HCN skips issue; summer visitors; Jonathan Thompson becomes a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism; correction.
Spotties get a new plan
The feds draft a new recovery plan for the Mexican spotted owl.
Rafters and writers come to call
Rafters and writers come to call
Lots of spring visitors; diabetes claims tribal members Stanford Addison and Leslie Baker
Fire and ice
Wildfires -- and snow -- close public lands.
Local food, local loans
Local food, local loans
One way to support the local economy is to do so literally -- offering loans as well as customer patronage to your local small businesses.
Chill out with HCN and some chili
Chill out with HCN and some chili
High Country News plans a June chili potluck; Morgan Heim and Joanna Nasar study Thailand’s elusive fishing cat; visitors in from the cold include former staff writer Steve Hinchman.
Uranium cleanup begins on Navajo Nation
EPA finally starts removing a radioactive mess
Eminent domain expands
Montana gives corporations the power to condemn private land.
Viva la independent press!
Viva la independent press!
High Country News is nominated for two Utne Independent Press awards; Laura Paskus wins award from Society of Professional Journalists; Nathan Rice to be HCN’s next editorial fellow; correction and clarification.
Diabetes isn't destiny
Diabetes isn't destiny
Native Americans can win the long fight against poor health, malnutrition and disease.
An endangered species truce
FWS agrees to clear its backlog, one enviro group agrees to quit suing.
Mopping up at Los Alamos
A settlement requires the defense lab to clean up polluted runoff.
"Shoot locally"
First annual Paonia Film Festival; Pronghorn Passage; Craig Childs wins Desert Writers Award; correction.