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High Country News November 08, 2004

Keepers of the Flame


Keepers of the Flame

Black Range District Fire Manager Toby Richards is returning fire to its natural place on New Mexico’s Gila National Forest – and leading the charge for Fire Use in the West.

Editor's Note

New ways to work in the woods

The National Network of Forest Practitioners restores forests and streams while creating sustainable jobs in local communities

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Election results will be in the next issue; Auden Schendler makes electricity in Snowmass, Colo.; visitors

Uncommon Westerners

Saving wildlife, one animal at a time: Veterinarian Kathleen Ramsay

Veterinarian Kathleen Ramsay founded The Wildlife Center in Espanola, N.M., to treat and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife


Judge vaporizes Yellowstone snowmobile ban

Judge Clarence Brimmer strikes down Clinton's ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but another lawsuit may still bring limits on traffic


Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness comes closer to Idaho; Bush funds CALFED; oil and gas brings money to Rocky Mountain states; National Wildlife Federation says federal Conservation Reserve Program is abused

The Sierra gets 'a pocket' for conservation funding

California creates the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in order to funnel state money toward buying and protecting land in the region

River turns against a salmon tribe

The tiny Hoh Indian Reservation on the northwestern coast of Washington is in danger of being washed away by its namesake river

A new breed of 'ski bums' is anything but

Young people in booming Ketchum, Idaho, struggle to make a living and find an affordable place to stay

Book Reviews

Think global (warming,) act local

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a new Colorado nonprofit, is taking a local approach to the global problem of climate change


An unfinished life in Wyoming

Wyoming writer Mark Spragg’s new novel, An Unfinished Life, explores the universal territory of a fractured family’s life


Who took the 'farm' out of the Farm Bureau?

Despite its name, the Farm Bureau doesn't care much for farmers.

American — and proud of it

There’s nothing like a trip to Europe to make an American appreciate living in a country that still has wilderness.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Friendly moose killed; San Juan Horseshoe spoofs hunters; not an "easy to moderate" mountain climb in Wyoming; meteorite drops in; persnickety about pumpkins in Puyallup; hit-and-run by clown at Burning Man Festival

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