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High Country News February 06, 2006

The Killing Fields

Feature

The Killing Fields

The first bison hunt in 15 years was supposed to offer hope for a reasonable solution to Yellowstone’s ‘buffalo problem,’ but a lifelong hunter who watched it says the senseless slaughter continues

Editor's Note

Time for a little outrage

It’s time for hunters to rally on behalf of wild lands and wild animals – beginning with the bison in Yellowstone

Dear Friends

Dear friends

Welcome, Janiec Gutierrez; V.B. Price visits; talk back to hcn.org; Dan Egan wins journalism award; HCN friends in Aspen Hall of Fame; notes from readers

Uncommon Westerners

Public-lands freedom fighter

Stephen Maurer came to the West from Hungary, where he was a freedom fighter, and has devoted the past 50 years to fighting on behalf of Western public lands

News

Study questions value of post-fire logging

A group of scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry publish a controversial study saying salvage logging may actually slow forest recovery

The Latest Bounce

Pete McCloskey plans run against Rep. Richard Pombo; 11 alleged eco-terrorists indicted; BLM gives six companies chance to work on oil shale production; Gray Development buys expensive state land in north Phoenix.

Tiny stream invaders may harm Western trout

The tiny New Zealand mud snails that are rapidly invading the West’s waters may pose a threat to the region’s trout

Trouble in the Delta

The San Francisco Bay-Delta Authority votes to disband, even as the Bay-Delta itself -- beset by high water exports, disappearing fish and declining water quality – may be dying

Congressional group plans for oil's decline

Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., have formed the Congressional Peak Oil Caucus to discuss preparing for life after "peak oil" – when worldwide oil supplies can no longer meet demand

First fatal wolf attack recorded in North America?

A 22-year-old Canadian man, whose partially eaten body was found in the woods of northern Saskatchewan, may represent the first documented instance of a human being killed by healthy wolves in North America

Judge orders litigating enviros to pony up

A federal judge orders three environmental groups to post a $100,000 bond while their appeal of a logging project goes forward

Lawmakers chop up renewable-energy fund

Congress slashes the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program in favor of directing money toward energy projects in lawmakers’ home districts

Book Reviews

Seeking peace in nuclear times

In Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir, former U.S. Marine Leonard Bird offers a heartbreaking and yet hopeful personal account of nuclear war

Urban planning — with a wild touch

Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers and Citizens and Nature-Friendly Communties are two new handbooks on innovative land-use planning and habitat protection

The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research

The Colorado Plateau II is a kaleidoscopic anthology of scientists’ thoughts on the history, biology and geology of the vast Colorado Plateau

John Muir: Family, Friends, and Adventures

John Muir: Family, Friends and Adventures, edited by Sally M. Miller and Daryl Morrison, collects well-illustrated, sometimes scholarly essays on the great naturalist

Slaughter in Serene: The Columbia Coal Strike Reader

The new anthology, Slaughter in Serene, tells the tragic story of striking miners in the late 1920s at the Columbine coal mine in Colorado

Essays

The unbearable triteness of skiing

Being a non-skier in a skiing-obsessed state like Utah is a lot like being a vegetarian in a slaughterhouse

Living with the ghosts of the Indian Wars

Montana’s "Custer Country" is a region haunted by the ghosts of the Indian Wars, where towns are still named for the so-called "heroes’ responsible for massacres such as Wounded Knee

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West

Revenge of the Mouse; The Cow That Wouldn’t Surrender; high-country heifers; Miss Nevada speaks out; womb is not a car seat; miniature cows; 65-year-old marriage in Cedaredge, Colo., started VERY young

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