High Country News February 18, 2008
A copper-mining company is courting Superior, Ariz., but the former mining town – now re-inventing itself as a modest tourist haven – is unsure whether it really wants a new marriage with extractive industry.
The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.
Catherine Fink recalls long adolescent days spent wandering along Colorado railroad tracks, singing at the top of her lungs and discovering the world.
HCN’s online reader’s survey; new babies, new books, new music and some visitors.
Geothermal power heats up in Reno, Nev., as the West begins to pay more attention to its underground energy resources.
Heard Around the West
Jackson Hole needs a brand-new slogan; trees vs. solar power in environmentalist California; trees vs. the view in Lake Tahoe; Arizona’s “extreme commuters”; drunk driver protects his beer; Barry McCahill loves SUVs even though he doesn’t drive one.
Two Weeks in the West
HCN looks at the various problems of Western wildlife, including Northern Rockies wolves, porcupines, fishers, pikas, and more; and Rocky Mountain National Park tests elk for chronic wasting disease and also gives out birth control.
A potpourri of maps and graphics illustrates the complex nature of hardrock mining in the West today.
The tiny mountain town of Rico, Colo., finds its post-mining economy threatened by a possible mining resurgence.
A brief timeline traces the brief history of Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine.
Utah’s Lisbon Valley Mine was supposed to be a hugely profitable copper producer; instead, it went belly-up in just two years.