High Country News April 30, 2007
Tiny Vilas, Colo., thought it was a great idea to open an online school and enroll at-risk students from far-away Denver – but neither the students nor the school district ended up scoring well at report card time
President Bush’s No Child Left Behind policy is generally a good thing, but it needs to take into account the growing number of often-inadequate and under-supervised online schools
Visitors; April Fool’s in Aspen; Jason Fisher meets an old friend; farewell to Joyce Jorgensen; and corrections
Paleontologist Bob Harmon loves nothing better than digging for old bones under the hot Montana sun
Writers on the Range
Americans may be sentimental about their horses, but slaughtering unwanted animals with poison is more cruel and a lot less sensible than using them for horsemeat.
The contrast between a Mount Hood traffic jam and a week in a car-free Swiss resort convinces Bill Cook that the West needs to get serious about mass transit.
California and the West decide to tackle global warming through the market – by buying and selling carbon
Global warming spurs calls for new dams in the West – but where will the water come from to fill them?
Western communities such as Lander, Wyo., are suddenly working hard to lure new colleges to town
In his beautiful, compact book Working Wilderness, Nathan Sayres tells the story of the Malpai Borderlands Group, “the most hailed example of collaborative place-based resource management in the West.”
Michael Blake’s new nonfiction book, Indian Yell, fails to live up to its ambitious subtitle, “The Heart of an American Insurgency,” with its quick tour of 12 battles between the U.S. Cavalry and American Indians.
To an aging, mentally ill woman named Jade, the beautiful Colorado day is filled with sinister, frightening demons, and even a well-meaning neighbor can do nothing to drive them away.
Heard Around the West
Bears on the ski runs; free land in Alaska; DNA cousins; train versus buffalo in South Dakota; good news, bad news about the weather; digging out of the snow near Ouray.
Two Weeks in the West
Western real estate slump hits suburbs, but developers keep on developing; Marijuana McMansions; copper booming; Logan, Utah, rejects dirty power; Tri-State puts off two coal power plants; animals killed by Wildlife Services