High Country News February 02, 2009
American railroads -- especially passenger trains -- seem to be at last on the brink of a revival.
An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.
More business travelers would choose Amtrak if the trains were faster – or if people could get work done during long journeys.
HCN’s readers pitch in financially; new interns Terray Sylvester, Emily Underwood and Jeff Chen arrive.
Writers on the Range
Jaime O’Neill hadn’t planned on vacuuming during Inauguration Day, but housecleaning is a good metaphor for the job facing our new president.
In The Runner, David Samuels profiles a con man named James Hogue, who duped Princeton University with his invented Western biography.
In Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, Tom Zoellner tells the story of the radioactive element.
Sharon Levy’s friends, Kerby and Irene, lived off the grid in Northern California and taught her a lot about life.
Every winter, Yellowstone park rangers risk their lives dynamiting avalanches so snowmobile tourists can get across Sylvan Pass.
Two Weeks in the West
The media’s economic crisis is hitting the West particularly hard, with major daily newspapers up for sale. Also: Chicago businessman watches nature via computer.
The western Colorado town of Uravan no longer exists, but its history of radium and uranium mining lives on.