Magazine
Wind Resistance

December 21, 2009

When wind turbines threaten his ranch in the Laramie Range, Wyoming oilman Diemer True becomes a born-again conservationist.

Feature

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.

Current

The messy mix of energy and sage grouse
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?
How big is your backyard?
We all become NIMBYs when development threatens our favorite landscapes – even conservative oilmen like Wyoming’s Diemer True.

Conversation

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

Dear Friends

See you in 2010
Skipped issue; HCN interns and friends find jobs, get creative; Thomas J. Graff dies; corrections.

Book Reviews

A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest
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
Creating a precedent for forgiveness
In Naseem Rakha's novel, The Crying Tree, a woman tries to forgive her son's murderer.

Letters

Perspective

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

Evidence

Food for thought
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.

Focus

Little orphan easement?
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
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.

Sidebar

Battle for the core of Wyoming
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.