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High Country News October 12, 2009

Silenced Springs?


Silenced Springs?

Rare and tiny spring-dwelling creatures are threatened by everything from invasive species to Las Vegas' plan to pump groundwater from a rural part of Nevada.


Biotech beet-down

That candy bar you're eating may have been made with genetically modified beets that were illegally approved.

Editor's Note

Suck this, Vegas!

With climate change threatening water supplies, and the economy slowing growth in the West's thirstiest cities, it's time for a paradigm shift.

Dear Friends

'Leave no trace' art

A profile of HCN reader and artist Levi Jackson

Welcome, new HCN employees

New employees include computer whiz Mike Maxwell and circulation worker Ellen Kraus; Chip Giller of wins award; Jon Christensen is new director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.


A guide to the past -- and the future

The WPA Guide to 1930s Montana has become the author's favorite guidebook.


Audubon feathers fly in Arizona

A controversial proposed land swap reveals the growing rift between Maricopa Audubon and a new and wealthier rival -- Audubon Arizona.

Two Weeks in the West

Parties 'R' Some Of Us

Despite the economic slump, Western party-throwing companies are doing well, especially when it comes to throwing fancy weddings.

How it Works

Empty nest

Making a case for the California condor's return to the Northwest

Uncommon Places

Water across the Divide

In 2003, Colorado's Grand Ditch was breached, causing flood damage to the Upper Colorado River and to Rocky Mountain National Park.


Vegas forges ahead on pipeline plan

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is slowly removing obstacles in the way of its plan to pump water from the Great Basin and ship it to Las Vegas.

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