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High Country News April 18, 2005

What Happened to Winter?

Feature

What happened to winter?

An unusual winter sends ripples through the West's water and wildlife systems, and leaves scientists wondering whether global warming is the cause.

Editor's Note

On the trail of global warming

This winter’s weird weather has everybody talking, but nobody wants to tackle the big question: Is global warming finally hitting the West?

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Dave Foreman on "Nature’s Crisis" and what HCN is doing wrong; kids these days; visitors; clarifications

Uncommon Westerners

A mountain of books becomes a library of the land

Jeff Lee and Ann Martin of Denver are working to turn their huge personal library into a "land-study" center and residential library, the Rocky Mountain Land Library

News

Follow-up

EPA will investigate allegations that bunk science led to approval of hydraulic fracturing; racketeering lawsuit against environmentalist dismissed; ACLU sues over BLM’s decision to Wyoming’s Martin’s Cove historic site to Mormon Church

A chemical cocktail pollutes Western water

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds traces of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and personal care products in Colorado’s streams and groundwater

Skiing, or wheeling and dealing?

Ski resorts become a tool for real estate speculation and development across the West.

Surprise bequest to protect Columbia Gorge

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a small conservation group based in Portland, Ore., has received a $4 million bequest from Norman Yeon

Climate model may help farmers know what to grow

A high-tech climate model will give farmers in Washington’s Yakima Valley a kind of crystal ball for predicting weather, choosing which crops to plant, and dealing with drought and global warming

D-Day for dam decommissioning approaches

Preparations have begun to bring down a century-old dam on Fossil Creek in central Arizona

Farmers and ranchers say city is stealing water

In New Mexico, Alamogordo’s plan to build a desalinization plant and tap the Tularosa Basin aquifer has area ranchers and farmers worried

'Sound science' in doubt at Yucca Mountain

Recently released e-mails show that federal employees falsified information about the safety of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.

Book Reviews

The artist, her caretaker, and eight years of letters

Maria Chabot – Georgia O’Keeffe: Correspondence 1941-1949 tempts with its glimpse into the life of a famous painter but finally fascinates with its portrait of Chabot and her life in Abiquiu, N.M., during World War II

No room for democracy on California farms

In The Conquest of Bread, Richard Walker takes a sweeping, skeptical look at the history of agriculture in California

The World's Water 2004-2005: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

The World’s Water 2004-2005, edited by Peter Gleick, is the fourth installment of an annual report that covers water issues that span the globe

Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate

In Cronies, Robert Bryce takes on the state of Texas and its enormous political power, tracing the network of "cronies" that brought both George Bushes to the White House

The Western Confluence: A Guide to Governing Natural Resources

In The Western Confluence, Matthew McKinney and William Harmon try to find practical ways to solve the West’s endless struggles over water and resource management

Essays

Montana tells the federal government to butt out

Montanans are rebelling against the federal government, angry at the Recreation Enhancement Tax, the Patriot Act, and the loss of their National Guard to Iraq

Death Valley wakes up with a bang

The greatest wildflower bloom of a generation hits Death Valley, and people come from all around in search of the beauty of "Bloomstock"

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Strange tales from the California Highway Patrol; "Foo Foo Coffee" vs. gas prices; tumbleweed chic; advice for migrants; dumb laws; Gov. Dave Freudenthal is a colorful maverick

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Drought and spring rains portend an explosive summer

The Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies brace for a fierce fire season, and desperately seek the resources to fight it.

Troubled — and shallow — waters on the West's largest river

The Columbia River Basin's serious drought means a hard choice between fish and hydropower

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