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High Country News April 26, 2010

Nevada's Pot of Gold

Feature

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

Complicated deals are being made over wilderness protection in Colorado and in San Juan County, Utah.

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?

In Oregon, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife carefully “recycles" hatchery-raised steelhead.

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

Biologists disagree over whether the American pika should be listed as endangered, largely due to a warming climate.

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

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

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

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

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.

Evidence

Balancing act

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

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