Magazine
Nevada's Pot of Gold

April 26, 2010

Maps and statistics reveal the effects Nevada's gold-mining has on taxes and employment, among other things.

Feature

Nevada's Golden Child
Nevada's Golden Child
Hardrock mining's outsized political power in Nevada may finally be eroding, thanks to state budget woes.

Current

Wilderness by committee
Wilderness by committee
Complicated deals are being made over wilderness protection in Colorado and in San Juan County, Utah.
Viva la Archives!
Viva la Archives!
Budget cuts have endangered California's Water Resources Center Archives, which serves as the state's institutional water memory.
Reduce, reuse, re ... steelhead?
Reduce, reuse, re ... steelhead?
In Oregon, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife carefully “recycles" hatchery-raised steelhead.
Sinclair flare up
Sinclair flare up
The Sinclair, Wyo., oil refinery has long been one of the state's most notorious polluters, but until recently, no one seemed to care.
Pika politics
Pika politics
Biologists disagree over whether the American pika should be listed as endangered, largely due to a warming climate.
Grasshoppered!
Grasshoppered!
With grasshoppers expected to swarm the West this summer, High Country News looks back at some of the region's most dramatic historic hopper outbreaks.

Editor's Note

Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Hard times reshuffle the political deck
Colorado's economic slump forced Gov. Ritter to increase his support for natural gas, and Nevada voters may force hardrock mining to pay more in state taxes.

Essays

Crossing over
Crossing over
This particular city girl never wanted to live in a small mountain town – until she fell in love with one of the residents.

Dear Friends

From Alaska to Paonia
From Alaska to Paonia
Visitors from Alaska; more anniversaries; Emily Underwood and YEWS; Paolo Bacigalupi's novel The Windup Girl gets raves; and corrections.

Book Reviews

A Western state of mind
A Western state of mind
The short story anthology Best of the West 2009 is filled with memorable characters and muscular prose.
Building a more effective environmental movement
In The Rebirth of Environmentalism, activist Douglas Bevington explores the relationship between the giant national organizations, like the Sierra Club, and the small grassroots groups.

Letters

Evidence

Balancing act
Balancing act
A look at how Western state governments are managing their budget shortfalls.