High Country News September 25, 1989
... to read the essays, news stories and other articles in the issue, including the sampling below
The 20-year-long history of High Country News is romantic because it is tragic.
In 1970, High Country News was born of Tom Bell's passion. For five years its pages thundered with his outrage at ranchers, politicians and corporations that threatened Wyoming's water, wild lands and animals.
The effort to get the word out -- about wilderness, about archaic mining laws, about illegal shooting of golden eagles, and so many more issues besides -- would cost Bell his ranch, many of his friends, and, very nearly, his sanity.
"I saw God when I worked for High Country News, and it surprises me that I have never been mentioned in the voluminous literature on the subject."