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High Country News June 25, 2007

Predator hunters for the environment

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Predator hunters for the environment

The group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has helped to protect a lot of Western land and wildlife – while doing its best to kill off as many predators as possible

Dear Friends

Dear friends

HCN skips an issue; HCN’s first-ever Paonia intern reunion; goat-packing and high-flying visitors

Uncommon Westerners

Worth the work

Jeremias Pink fixes up bikes and gives them away because he loves his town, Pocatello, Idaho

News

Watershed moment

The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water

The red, white and blue of ‘red or green?’

New Mexico’s traditional chile industry faces hot competition from global producers

Book Reviews

Big dams, big deal

Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics is as deep and erudite a tome as it sounds, and yet also a surprisingly good read

The great American road trip

In At Speed: Traveling the Long Road Between Two Points, W. Scott Olsen celebrates the world as seen through a windshield

Essays

The resurgence of hook-and-bullet conservation

Hunters have done a huge amount over the years to preserve wildlife and habitat, but the powerful group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, with its obsessive focus on killing predators, seems to be taking a step backward

Lost in the Land of the Ugly Stepsister

Great Falls, Mont., suffers from the Ugly Stepsister Syndrome, a cognitive disorder that makes it willing to trade a Lewis and Clark historic landmark for a dirty coal-fired power plant

Heard Around the West

Heard Around the West

“Goat Insurance” in Idaho; organic is blooming in Washington; scary big black rifles are in; don’t shoot the cleaners; pardon my typo

Two Weeks in the West

Two weeks in the West

On the messy bureaucratic soap opera As Interior Turns, the cast keeps changing, and getting indicted; Good Samaritans need to able to clean up old mines without getting burned; foreign countries drive Western mining boom; and data about mining

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