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High Country News August 02, 2010

The Fiery Touch


The Fiery Touch

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


A river again?

The EPA extends Clean Water Act protection to L.A.'s urban watershed.

Vermillion surprise

BLM's no-drilling decision in Colorado startles locals.

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

A federal attempt to improve public safety on four reservations has gotten off to a rocky start.

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Editor's Note

The worst manmade wildfires

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

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Summer Visitors

High Country News gets summer visitors; correction.

Uncommon Westerners

The drift dweller

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

Writers on the Range

In Utah, the more things change, the more they stay the same

Utah will still be fighting over wilderness 20 years from now.

Book Reviews

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.


Summer blizzard

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


Some notable arson wildfire cases in the West

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

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