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  • Book Reviews

    Cowboy love, with a generous sprinkling of sugar

    In Crybaby Ranch, novelist Tina Welling tells a romantic story with zest.

  • News

    The Sultans of Spuds

    Western farmers band together to form the “OPEC of Potatoes” – a farmers’ cooperative called the United Potato Growers of America

  • Writers on the Range

    America needs clean water – and mining law reform

    Tony Dean says it is way past time to modernize the 1872 Mining Law.

  • News

    The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

    New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

  • Feature

    Brave New Hay

    Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa may take over the West, as the company re-engineers the world to conform to its business plan

  • News

    Native hum

    As honeybees vanish, Western farmers turn to the region’s native pollinators

  • Editor's Note

    Cow feed from Planet 9

    Genetically modified crops may not be the sci-fi monsters their foes believe, but it makes sense for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin to regulate them seriously

  • Two Weeks in the West

    Two weeks in the West

    Chefs fight for salmon, and uranium gets hotter; electricity usage and generation in the West; data on park fees and visitors

  • News

    Can Congress drag the 1872 Mining Law into the 21st century?

    A new bill would end 130 years of public land giveaways and reform one of the West's most antiquated -- and harmful -- laws.

  • Writers on the Range

    Asarco would take us back to a polluted past

    Asarco wants to reopen a copper smelter in downtown El Paso, but Robert Rowley remembers the old smelter’s pollution and all the sickness it caused.

  • News

    Battle line on the northern border

    U.S. officials, federal agencies, and even Condoleezza Rice are trying to stop a Canadian coal mine near Montana's Flathead Basin.

  • Feature

    The Silence of the Bees

    Migratory beekeeper John Miller hauls his hives across the West, pollinating everything from almonds to apples, but a nasty parasite and a mysterious disorder are making life much harder for John and his buzzing business partners.

  • Editor's Note

    Have bee, will travel

    This issue of High Country News features Hannah Nordhaus on the challenges facing a Western migratory beekeeper and his hives of pollinating bees.

  • Essays

    Shear Pleasure

    A photo essay follows Matt Smith and the other New Zealanders who make up the company Shear Pleasure as they travel Montana, visiting sheep ranches, shearing sheep, and drinking hard at the end of the day

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Have knives and hooks, will travel

    Taos County’s new Mobile Matanza is a rolling livestock butchering unit that travels to the region’s far-flung family ranchers

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