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High Country News February 03, 2003

The death of the Super Hopper

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The death of the Super Hopper

The disappearance of the Rocky Mountain locust -- which once swarmed the Plains like a biblical plague, only to die out entirely within decades --- holds serious lessons for humanity

Dear Friends

Dear Friends

Survey results are in; HCN gets a makeover; new interns Sierra Standish and Jess Toubman

News

Road warriors back on the offensive

The Bush administration rolls back a Clinton-era moratorium on RS 2477, a controversial old statute that some Western counties have used to claim designated roads in wilderness areas, parks and monuments

The Latest Bounce

BLM releases draft EIS on drilling in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve; Pentagon plans more exemptions to environmental laws; Terry Lynn Barton pleads guilty to Hayman Fire arson; Interior gives green light to coal-fired plant near Yellowstone; and st

Hispanic community takes on polluters

The working-class community of Barrio Logan, on the edge of downtown San Diego, successfully tackles a chrome-plating business that produces dangerous chemicals

A green light for methane development

In the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana, ranchers and environmentalists are fighting plans to drill up to 65,000 new coalbed methane wells

Project mixes suburbs with nature preserve

Albuquerque’s proposed community, Mesa del Sol, will be the Southwest’s largest “green development” – if it actually gets built

New lands boss takes the reins

Rancher Pat Lyons, a Republican, is the new head of the New Mexico State Land Office, and some environmentalists are worried about his plans

"But you don’t sound like a republican..."

Martha Marks of Republicans for Environmental Protection says conservatives have a duty to support conservation

Book Reviews

Nevada’s desert beauty

In The Black Rock Desert, writer William L. Fox and photographer Mark Klett visit a remarkable corner of northeastern Nevada

Removing Dams – Rebuilding Rivers

The history and impacts of dam removal are considered in Watershed: The Undamming of America by Elizabeth Grossman and Dam Removal: Science and Decision Making by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

Light and love in Wyoming

Mark Spragg's first novel, The Fruit of Stone, is the story of a Western road trip that “runs like a hard back road, gorgeous and tricky.”

Dummy up and deal

In "Dummy Up and Deal," H. Lee Barnes gives readers a chance to peek behind the scenes in Las Vegas’ casinos.

Essays

The son of immigrants has a change of heart

A talk with the patriarch of a large Mexican family leads the writer to reconsider his former pro-immigration stance

Living on the sharp edge of diversity

In a small Western Colorado town, dark-skinned people stand out with the clarity of bull’s-eyes.

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

Future mayor caught in vandalism; discrimination against rich private jets in Idaho; Denver’s National Western Stock Show is bittersweet; 80-year-old great-grandmother runs marathons; don’t kiss rattlesnakes; “ecoroofs” in Portland, Ore.; “toys” from Cabe

Letters

Land-use story gave Oregon a bad rap

Land-use story gave Oregon a bad rap

Oregon should put more land-use decisions in local hands

Oregon should put more land-use decisions in local hands

Tourism is a vast improvement over mining

Tourism is a vast improvement over mining

Mining, skiing leave labor in the dust

Mining, skiing leave labor in the dust

Amnesty for illegal immigrants

Amnesty for illegal immigrants

Republicans should take an honest look at Bush

Republicans should take an honest look at Bush

Real environmentalists don't support immigration

Real environmentalists don't support immigration

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