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High Country News January 24, 2005

Written in the Rings

Feature

Written in the Rings

The study of tree rings opens a window into the West’s distant past, and warns us that the region’s future may be dangerously hot and dry

Editor's Note

Who'll stop the rain?

January may have brought rain and snow to parts of the West, but the study of past climates warns us that we still have to learn to live with drought

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Jodi Peterson is HCN’s news editor; Andy Robinson, fund-raiser extraordinaire; John Nutting visits; corrections

News

A crisis brews on the Colorado

As the Colorado River Basin enters a sixth year of drought, the Interior Department orders seven states to start coordinating their management of the dwindling water supply.

Follow-up

Greater sage grouse will not be listed under Endangered Species Act; cleanup of Nevada’s Yerington Mine is turned over to the EPA; wilderness supporters plan to reintroduce bills in new Congress

Feds to hand wolves to states

A change in the federal Endangered Species Act will give Idaho and Montana more control over threatened gray wolves, but deny the Nez Perce Tribe a role in wolf management.

The Utah backcountry gets crowded

Cross-country skiers and environmentalists clash with a heli-skiing company over use of the Tri-Canyon area in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

Seattle's rural neighbors rise up

Inspired by Oregon’s Measure 37, a private-property rights group in King County, Wash., is fighting to repeal recently adopted land-use ordinances

Graves halt a highway project

An ambitious highway construction project has been put on hold in Port Angeles, Wash., following the discovery of the state’s largest prehistoric village

Butterfly escapes endangered species net

Cloudcroft, N.M., creates its own conservation plan to protect the rare Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly without waiting for an endangered species listing

Wyoming wildlife faces twin threats

A major pronghorn migration route near Pinedale, Wyo., gets squeezed by new subdivisions and oil and gas drill rigs

Book Reviews

Capturing a Chediskai childhood

In Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, anthropologist Keith Basso collects the reminiscences of Eva Tulene Watt

A bear book that tames the fear factor

In Great Wyoming Bear Stories, Tom Reed takes a compassionate and entertaining look at the life, lore and legend of the grizzly bear

Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action

Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action is an inspiring anthology by Anne Waldman and Lisa Birman

A Place to Stand

In A Place to Stand, New Mexico’s finest poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca, has written a stunning memoir of his turbulent life

One with Ninevah: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future

Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich look at the ways the human race is jeopardizing the planet in One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption and the Human Future

Essays

It's the West's turn to call the shots

The neglected, underestimated Interior West might plant the seeds of change for the current American empire

The wind eternal

The warm chinook winds of Cody, Wyo. keep temperatures mild as they sand away at the town with a steady gale.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Top-secret lab has a secret squatter; turtle-helpers in Boulder; the news and the Good News in Colorado Springs; child in pinata; kids write to Santa in Jackson, Wyo.

Related Stories

So, you want to be a dendrochronologist?

The art of counting tree rings requires a lot of patience, strong legs, and a love of statistical gymnastics

Tree rings reveal a fiery past — and future

Tree-ring scientists Tom Swetnam and Julio Betancourt study past climatic conditions seeking clues to better forest management

Glaciers offer a glimpse of the distant past

Like tree rings, ice cores create a record of the climate of the past, and the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver houses the largest collection of polar ice cores in the world

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