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High Country News December 21, 2009

Wind Resistance


Wind Resistance

Wyoming is one of the best places in the world to generate power from wind. But the wind rush is running into opposition from greens, and the fossil fuel industry.


The messy mix of energy and sage grouse

No one knows how wind energy will impact sage grouse. But many greens aren't ready to take any chances.

Editor's Note

How big is your backyard?

We all become NIMBYs when development threatens our favorite landscapes – even conservative oilmen like Wyoming’s Diemer True.

Dear Friends

See you in 2010

Skipped issue; HCN interns and friends find jobs, get creative; Thomas J. Graff dies; corrections.


'Firebrand ways'

Longtime activist Kieran Suckling talks about the Center for Biological Diversity.

Book Reviews

A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

Jon Raymond's short-story collection, Livability, is compassionate and quietly devastating.

Creating a precedent for forgiveness

In Naseem Rakha's novel, The Crying Tree, a woman tries to forgive her son's murderer.


The big bonfire

The economy is stuck in a ditch, but on climate change the U.S. is finally moving in the right direction.


Food for thought

With the economy lagging, Westerners are using food stamps to fill up pantries for Christmas.

Visualizing the Landscape

Life along the Colorado River

Kasia Broussalian spent two sweltering months photographing the people who live along the Colorado River.


Little orphan easement?

When a land trust dissolves, its conservation easements need to be taken on by another group, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Two Weeks in the West

The federal energy two-step

Oil and gas companies are furious with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but environmentalists wonder if he’ll go far enough in restraining the industry.


Battle for the core of Wyoming

Wyoming's sage grouse protection strategy gives fossil fuel elbow room while leaving wind energy out in the breeze.

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