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High Country News November 09, 2009




Judge Clarence Brimmer is determined to bring down Clinton's roadless forest rule, which has been mired in lawsuits ever since its controversial birth.


Gone in 60 seconds

Despite auctioneer Peter Stremmel's enthusiasm, the Western artwork sold at this year's Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno didn't bring very high prices.

Dear Friends

How big should we be?

The September board meeting raised questions about how big HCN should be; artists and activists visit us.

Uncommon Westerners

Return of the pod man

Arizona farmer Mark Moody raises mesquite trees for food and furniture.

Book Reviews

For farmers, small is beautiful

In Deeply Rooted, Lisa M. Hamilton introduces the reader to three small farmers who are bucking the trend toward industrial agribusiness.

'Yes' to desire and an end to fear

Charles Bowden's new book, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, reiterates the bad news of today but declares that times are changing.


The kindness of hunters

After a lifetime of despising and fearing guns, a woman is blindsided by the everyday kindness shown by two hunters.

Two Weeks in the West

Interior scandal: Rated G(reen)

Recent scandals at the Interior Department – this time involving environmentalists – pale in magnitude (and luridness) compared to the agency's dalliances with industry.


Metalpalooza '09

Metals mining is making an unexpectedly dramatic comeback in the West.

Is the BLM practicing unsafe CX?

The Bureau of Land Management used a large number of "categorical exclusions" to streamline permitting for oil and gas development.

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