High Country News November 27, 2006
The West gains traction as a center of power in 2006, and nine more indicators from the midterm elections.
In this issue, Ray Ring offers a top 10 list on the midterm elections and reminds Westerners that the newly empowered Democrats in Congress are still not the sole arbiters of environmental policy
A Seattle artist known only as Ferg works with tiny caddisfly larvae to make jewelry from the insects’ intricate casings
An undergrown Australian shepherd mix named Pika offers advice on living in the moment despite frightening and challenging times
HCN’s Christmas open house; Michelle Nijhuis wins another award for climate change stories; visitors; Bill Burnham dies; Jodi Peterson back from sick leave
A new plan to steer energy development away from cultural sites in New Mexico could streamline energy development, fund archaeological research and preserve ancient sites all at once
Chris Wallace’s refusal to pay daily user fees on Arizona’s Mount Lemmon led to a courtroom decision that has thrown the entire future of the federal recreational fee program into doubt
The huge, copiously illustrated Rivers of North America is the first comprehensive effort to detail the current state of the continent’s rivers
Janet Finn and Ellen Crain tell the history of Butte, Mont., from the viewpoint of its women in Motherlode: Legacies of Women’s Lives and Labors in Butte, Montana.
In Upstream: Sons, Fathers, and Rivers, Robin Carey recounts a kayak journey up the Klamath River that he made with his son, Dev, and on the way explores the Careys’ troubled family history
Heard Around the West
Naked Frivolity in Boulder; Maverick Gaudreau celebrates 80 years in Grand Canyon; Agoura Hills, Calif., day laborers; "Metronatural" in Seattle; driven to crime in fancy cars
Two Weeks in the West
Hopi and Navajo tribes settle boundary dispute; oil shale returns to western Colorado; Northern Cheyenne open coal reserves to development; judge upholds critical habitat designation for "vernal pools" in California and Oregon; red tree vole wins protecti
Ray Ring offers a state-by-state summary of some of the more intriguing election results across the West