Magazine
The Fiery Touch

August 2, 2010

Wildfire arsonist Raymond Oyler is tried for murder after five firefighters die in California's Esperanza Fire.

Feature

The Fiery Touch
The Fiery Touch
Raymond Oyler is charged with murder and wildfire arson after five firefighters die in California's Esperanza Fire.

Current

A river again?
A river again?
The EPA extends Clean Water Act protection to L.A.'s urban watershed.
Vermillion surprise
Vermillion surprise
BLM's no-drilling decision in Colorado startles locals.
Hula on the hill
Hula on the hill
In Butte, Mont., a giant hula dance calls attention to the polluted water in the Berkeley Pit.
Leasing lag?
The BLM is offering less land for oil and gas leasing in Wyoming.
Crime crackdown in Indian Country
Crime crackdown in Indian Country
A federal attempt to improve public safety on four reservations has gotten off to a rocky start.

Editor's Note

The worst manmade wildfires
Most Western wildfires today are caused by humans, either accidentally or deliberately.

Uncommon Westerners

The drift dweller
The drift dweller
Colorado scientists have discovered that snow molds are ubiquitous in the high country.

Essays

Summer blizzard
Summer blizzard
Wonderful things are everywhere -- but you have to pay attention in order to see them.

Writers on the Range

In Utah, the more things change, the more they stay the same
In Utah, the more things change, the more they stay the same
Utah will still be fighting over wilderness 20 years from now.

Dear Friends

Summer Visitors
Summer Visitors
High Country News gets summer visitors; correction.

Book Reviews

Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires
Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires
The essays in Robin Cody's Another Way the River Has range all over the map but somehow lead back to the river.
Discovery and recovery in a Mojave casino town
Mary Sojourner's new novel, Going Through Ghosts, takes the reader on a journey of love, loss, abandonment and death.

Letters

Sidebar

Some notable arson wildfire cases in the West
Some notable arson wildfire cases in the West
Brief descriptions of some notable arson wildfire cases in the West in the last 50 years.