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High Country News August 17, 2009

From Corn to Cabernet


From Corn to Cabernet

A burgeoning wine industry could provide a welcome economic boost to Colorado's Western Slope.


A slow-moving disaster

As bark beetles ravage Rocky Mountain forests, communities like Granby, Colo., have to adjust to a radically different landscape.

Brushed aside

On Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the once-lucrative floral greens industry is floundering as its immigrant workers face deportation.

Editor's Note

How yuppies killed, and saved, the family farm

Western Colorado is seeing an unexpected agricultural revival, thanks in part to affluent outsiders creating a market for local food and wine.

Dear Friends

Hikers and bikers

Hikers and BMWers visit; Sonoran Institute's Western lands report; HCN interns are on the move.

Book Reviews

The spirit of the place

In The Wild Marsh, Montana nature writer Rick Bass takes us through four seasons in his beloved Yaak Valley.

Desperate people

In the short stories collected in The Mechanics of Falling, Catherine Brady describes fragile people whose precarious lives are unraveling.


The dictionary reader

What kind of person spends the whole summer stuck inside a cabin reading the dictionary?


Meet the makers

A behind-the-scenes look at winemaking in Colorado's North Fork Valley.


Mission critical

With global warming threatening the planet, even environmentalists are looking more kindly at natural gas.


Chilling forecast

Warming temperatures may put an end to the stone fruit and nut harvest in California's Central Valley.

Two Weeks in the West

Affirmative actions

Three recent Obama nominations draw flak from environmentalists.


Cigarette wars

The late activist Alison Gottfriedson was one of many Indians who saw selling tax-free cigarettes as an act of Native sovereignty.


But is it any good?

Colorado wines are getting increasing respect these days, at least from the folks who work at HCN.

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