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High Country News June 15, 2009

Let's Get Small


Let's Get Small

Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?

From Pickups to PV

Utility brings solar power to far-flung Navajos

Growing Away from Big Coal

In Colorado and New Mexico, some rural electric cooperatives are quietly fighting to get more of their power from local and renewable sources.

Renewables: The Final Frontier

Vaclav Smil is a historian who exemplifies Vulcan-style logic and skepticism when it comes to easy solutions to energy problems.

The Renewable Energy Landscape

Maps, charts and text locate the nation's major renewable energy resources and some big projects on Western public land.

Thinking Past the Moment

The Sierra Club's Carl Zichella discusses the balancing act involved in finding the best -- and least environmentally sensitive -- places to put big renewable energy projects



The unexpected loveliness of the song of the varied thrush reminds the author that the birds are on the move, driven by climate change.

Writers on the Range

And you think times are tough

The articles in old American Heritage magazines remind us that life in the West used to be a whole lot harder than it is.

Dear Friends

See you in July

High Country News skips an issue; visitors; Ray Ring wins prize; correction.

Book Reviews

The other Trail of Tears

British author Brian Schofield pulls no punches in his account of a tragic episode in American history, Selling Your Father’s Bones: America’s 140-year War Against the Nez Perce Tribe.


We're Listening

Two Weeks in the West

Modern-day La Mancha

Are wind-turbine-fighting environmentalists re-enacting Don Quixote's crusade against windmills -- while ignoring the real monster of climate change?

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