Items by Jodi Peterson

Getting involved with the West
Getting involved with the West
High Country News has a board meeting and schemes for more reader involvement; visitors from around the West.
The stink over SkiLink
A proposed gondola near Salt Lake stirs up a public-lands fight
Visitors from around the West
Visitors from around the West
High Country News receives visitors from all over
BLM looks for balance
The agency has been trying to do more for conservation, but in many places energy extraction still reigns supreme
Best of the West: Our favorite books
Best of the West: Our favorite books
Western authors and HCN staffers share their most-loved writing about the region.
The place where you are
The place where you are
These days, most Westerners aren't born. We're made.
Big dreams in a little town
A northern New Mexico hamlet may host a grand Innovation Center someday
One Sagebrush Rebellion flickers out -- or does it?
One Sagebrush Rebellion flickers out -- or does it?
Wayne Hage's 20-year court battle over ranching on public lands comes to a close, but his son continues to tussle with the feds.
Recreation.gov -- nice try, needs work
The redesigned travel website aims to be a one-stop shop for federal recreation sites.
See you in October
HCN wins awards, new staff, visitors, a correction
High Country News hires an associate designer
High Country News hires an associate designer
HCN welcomes Andy Cullen, our new associate designer; more late-summer visitors come to Paonia.
Summer visitors
Summer visitors
HCN gets a flood of summer visitors despite the hot, dry season; Deanne Stillman's new book, Desert Reckoning.
Report from Outdoor Retailer
In which an HCN editor wanders the gigantic gear show -- and finds out the latest about the industry's conservation strategy
High Country News gets new interns
HCN's newest interns are Brendon Bosworth and Emily Guerin; farewell to Philip Fradkin; correction.
HCN: Preferred reading of cab drivers and geologists
HCN: Preferred reading of cab drivers and geologists
HCN's visitors brave the early summer heat; former intern Lisa Song and reporter Elizabeth McGowan write an e-book called The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of.
Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct
In this art book, Adam Duncan Harris assembles the work of one of the West’s premier wildlife artists, pairing his finished acrylic paintings with the conté crayon sketches that inspired them
Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between
Smokey Bear: From cute to buff, and in between
Smokey Bear’s many image changes over the years reflect the Forest Service’s changing attitudes toward wildfire.
Pipeline plans
A new report from NRDC says water-moving schemes may prove expensive and unreliable.
A review of Elevating Western American Art
A review of Elevating Western American Art
In Elevating Western American Art, editor Thomas Brent Smith brings together essays and photos describing how the Petrie Institute at the Denver Art Museum was developed and showcasing its wonders.
High Country News skips an issue
HCN skips issue; board meeting, intern reunion and reader potluck; growing our readership; breakfast in Bozeman; farewell to Ed Quillen; correction.
Burn baby burn
New studies support the need for more fire in Southwestern forests.
High Country News gets visitors and a new employee
High Country News gets visitors and a new employee
HCN hires new circulation assistant Angela Caldwell; bikers visit Paonia; corrections.
Farewell to a wise curmudgeon
Noted Western writer and humorist Ed Quillen has died at the age of 61.
Student visitors from near and far
HCN is visited by students of all ages; meeting Michael Branch; Stephanie Paige Ogburn is a finalist for the 2012 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists; Sierra Crane-Murdoch receives scholarship; Tony Barboza wins fellowship.
Friday news roundup: fires start, wildlife die
Sagebrush rebellion failures, pipeline setbacks and California wolf photos
Western legislatures grab for control of public lands
Western legislatures grab for control of public lands
Some Western states are rekindling the Sagebrush Rebellion and demanding ownership of federal lands -- but it's not just about local control.
The Colorado River and Big Daddy drought
Low snowfall = less water = more stress, in the seven states fed by the Colorado River
Western legislative roundup
Western legislative roundup
Some recent Western legislative highlights are noted, accompanied by quotes from the legislators involved.
New books from friends of High Country News
New books from friends of High Country News
Jeff Chen visits; new books from Florence Williams, Laura Pritchett, Alan Kesselheim and Fred Anderson; Jamie Williams is new president of The Wilderness Society; corrections.
The burning begins
The West's wildfire season might be less severe than last year's.