Items by Jodi Peterson

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.
Wildfires burn big in Arizona and New Mexico
Wildfires burn big in Arizona and New Mexico
Arizona's Wallow Fire has now out-burned the gigantic Rodeo-Chediski Fire of 2002.
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.
Sucking up gold
California and Oregon try to control suction dredge mining in rivers.
Roadless redux
Colorado forges ahead with rules to protect roadless forests.
Welcome, Todd; goodbye, Ellen
High Country News welcomes new outreach director Todd Chamberlin and says goodbye to Ellen Kraus, our subscriber services staffer; writerly readers come to call; Tara Waters Lumpkin launches online magazine Izilwane.
Bison back-and-forth
The tussle over tribal management of the National Bison Range continues.
Spring fever, skipped issue
Spring fever, skipped issue
High Country News skipped issue; Paul Larmer's son, Zachary, and friends invent "The Caboose," a device that assists the disabled; Amy Goodman visits Paonia; new books by Tracy Ross and Hannah Nordhaus; clarification.
Grant received, grant given
Grant received, grant given
High Country News Contributing Editor Matt Jenkins gets grant; Betsy Marston helps obtain grant for Delta County schools; Ana Maria Spagna's new book about community; clarifications.
Mustang management gets an overhaul
BLM announces "fundamental reforms" in its wild horse and burro program
Western wildlife commissions on the chopping block
Western wildlife commissions on the chopping block
In Washington and New Mexico, state wildlife commissions could become a thing of the past.
Ozone in the air
Air pollution over gas fields is sometimes worse than in major cities.
Cy-board meeting
Cy-board meeting
High Country News board meets via Web and phone; Gretchen Aston-Puckettt to leave HCN; new website, new cleaners, new job for Ariana Brocious; map clarification
Yet another tar-sands hazard
Acidic oil from tar sands endangers the public and the environment.
Quieting the Grand Canyon cacophony
A proposed cut in airborne tourism may make the park less noisy.
Welcome, new interns
Welcome, new interns
High Country News welcomes new interns, Nathan Rice and Sierra Crane-Murdoch; visitors, self-reported; corrections.