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High Country News November 22, 2010

Hardrock Showdown


Hardrock Mining Showdown

In southern Arizona, the Forest Service is debating whether to defy the 1872 Mining Law and stop a controversial copper mine.

Washington eco-saboteurs topple towers

The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for toppling radio towers north of Seattle, but no one really knows who the culprit is.


Forest Service tackles Idaho bighorn problem

Idaho's Payette National Forest is trying to keep wild bighorn sheep separated from domestic sheep, which can spread disease.

Western elections wrap-up

High Country News examines the results of what everyone agrees was a "very weird election."

Not quite so SAD

Sudden aspen decline appears to be slowing in Colorado, but the trees' glory days may be past.

Editor's Note

Mining Reform: Deja vu again and again

A 138-year-old law blocks serious hardrock mining reform, despite the untiring work of activists.

Dear Friends

Send us a letter, the sooner the better

High Country News wants to hear from readers; Stephanie Paige Ogburn joins to HCN as multimedia editor; falling leaves and fall visitors; corrections.

Uncommon Westerners

A divine business

In Bozeman, Mont., 78-year-old Vern Bandy says he finds water using the legendary art of dowsing.

Writers on the Range

Housing keeps getting tighter all the time

In many Western tourist towns, locals can't afford to buy houses, even as trailers and other affordable dwellings are evicted or banned outright.

Book Reviews

Tribute to a prickly icon

Both fans and critics contemplate the life and legacy of Edward Abbey in a special issue of the Western literary and arts journal Matter.

Rocky Mountain noir

Blair Oliver and Peter Soliunas collaborate on The Long Slide, a hard-boiled thriller set in the Rocky Mountains.


Lone shepherd on a distant promontory

A writer wanders the mountains north of McCall, Idaho, with Peruvian shepherds, their dogs and sheep.


Snapshot of an election

Maps and graphics chart the relation of campaign spending to Western election results, among other things.

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